Electricity and natural gas retailers are the companies that bill you for your electricity and/or gas service. You should contact your retailer for questions about:
- Getting connected to the network
- Electricity meters and meter reading
- Arranging for electricity or natural gas to be supplied to a home or business
- Electricity and natural gas sales by door-to-door or telephone salespeople, including questions about the accuracy of representations made by a salesperson.
- Rights in relation to cancelling a contract
- A new contract that was entered into without your consent
- Your energy bills – including energy prices, discounts, payment, energy usage, concessions, contracts, solar and renewable energy.
Details to contact your retailer can be found on your energy bill.
Electricity and natural gas distributors own and maintain the distribution networks, including electricity powerlines and power poles, and natural gas pipelines that carry energy to houses and businesses. They are also responsible for natural gas meters. You should contact your distributor about:
- Natural gas meters and meter reading
- Powerlines and natural gas pipelines connecting a home or business to the network
- Electricity or gas outages
- Problems with supply quality, such as low voltage electricity – for example, low voltage may be the cause of dimming lights.
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Energy ombudsman schemes receive, investigate and facilitate the resolution of consumer complaints about electricity and gas companies. Their services are free to consumers.
There are different ombudsman schemes for each state/territory.
|Australian Capital Territory||ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal||02 6207 1740||www.acat.act.gov.au|
|New South Wales||Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW||1800 246 545||www.ewon.com.au|
|Queensland||Energy and Water Ombudsman||1800 662 837||www.ewoq.com.au|
|South Australia||Energy and Water Ombudsman South Australia||1800 665 565||www.ewosa.com.au|
|Tasmania||Energy Ombudsman Tasmania||1800 001 170||www.energyombudsman.tas.gov.au|
|Victoria||Energy and Water Ombudsman (Victoria)||1800 500 509||www.ewov.com.au|
Independent state/territory energy regulators
Independent state/territory energy regulators are currently responsible for:
- Monitoring and enforcing state energy retail laws
- Setting maximum retail prices for standard retail contracts for electricity in all states except Victoria, and for standard contracts for gas in New South Wales and South Australia.
You should contact your state/territory independent energy regulator for questions about:
- State/territory schemes providing compensation for poor energy quality – such as frequent blackouts
- Regulated retail energy prices (for consumers in Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Tasmania and South Australia). If you are in Victoria, price-related questions should be directed to your energy retailer.
|Australian Capital Territory||Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission||www.icrc.act.gov.au|
|New South Wales||Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal||www.ipart.nsw.gov.au|
|Northern Territory||Utilities Commission||www.utilicom.nt.gov.au|
|Queensland||Queensland Competition Authority||www.qca.org.au|
|South Australia||Essential Services Commission of South Australia||www.escosa.sa.gov.au|
|Tasmania||Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator||www.economicregulator.tas.gov.au|
|Victoria||Essential Services Commission of Victoria||www.esc.vic.gov.au|
|Western Australia||Economic Regulation Authority||www.erawa.com.au|
State/territory energy departments
State/territory governments are responsible for government administered energy programs and rebate schemes that include:
- Solar power schemes and other renewable energy schemes
- Energy efficiency advice
- State government energy efficiency programs and rebates.
|Australian Capital Territory||ACT Environment and Planning Directorate||www.environment.act.gov.au|
|New South Wales||NSW Climate and Energy Action||www.energy.nsw.gov.au|
|Northern Territory||NT Department of Mines and Energy||www.nt.gov.au/industry/energy|
|Queensland||QLD Department of Energy and Public Works||www.epw.qld.gov.au|
|South Australia||SA Department for Energy and Mining||www.energymining.sa.gov.au|
|Tasmania||TA Department of State Growth||www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au|
|Victoria||VIC Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action||www.energy.vic.gov.au|
|Western Australia||WA Department of Treasury - Public Utilities Office||www.treasury.wa.gov.au|