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On 1 March 2024, we published a draft toolkit entitled Customer engagement toolkit: Better practices for identifying and supporting consumers experiencing vulnerability. The draft toolkit summarises insights into 6 better practice principles:

  • Build an organisational culture focused on strong customer relationships and better consumer outcomes
  • Design for all consumers
  • Deliver customer service that engages effectively with vulnerability
  • Collaborate with other organisations
  • Use data to improve outcomes
  • Commit to continuously improving consumer experiences and outcomes

The toolkit has been designed to help staff at consumer-facing energy businesses better identify and engage with consumers experiencing vulnerability. It includes illustrative consumer stories, better practice insights and case studies, and summaries of how to put each principle into practice.

The draft toolkit has been informed by research and early consultation conducted between December 2022 and December 2023, including:

  • a review of existing research and guidance
  • consumer journey mapping workshops with retailers and financial counsellors
  • conversations with energy retailers and distributors within the national energy market
  • workshops with consumer advocates and representatives.

Customer engagement toolkit - Draft for consultation - March 2024

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On 1 March 2024, we published a draft toolkit entitled Customer engagement toolkit: Better practices for identifying and supporting consumers experiencing vulnerability.
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Submissions

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Consultation on the draft toolkit opened on 1 March 2024 via the ACCC Consultation Hub or by email to ConsumerPolicyataer [dot] gov [dot] au (ConsumerPolicy[at]aer[dot]gov[dot]au) and closed on 5 April 2024. We sought feedback and input on:

  • the better practice principles we have identified based on research and early consultation
  • the consumer stories and case studies used to illustrate the principles
  • what additional resources or information would be useful in helping consumer-facing energy businesses and their staff implement the better practice principles.

We will publish all non-confidential formal submissions on this project page when the final toolkit is released. For further information on the AER’s use and disclosure of information provided to it, see the ACCC/AER Information Policy, June 2014.


 

Developing a toolkit to help consumer-facing energy businesses identify vulnerability – Consultation questions – March 2024

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Consultation questions for the draft toolkit to help consumer-facing energy businesses identify vulnerability are available. Submissions can be made directly through the ACCC Consultation Hub or by email.
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AER