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Electricity consumer rights and complaints

As an electricity customer, you have consumer rights regarding supply, pricing and resolving disputes with electricity retailers and distributors.

You are entitled to have access to:

  • essential electricity supply on fair and reasonable terms
  • concessions and rebates (for eligible customers)
  • fair complaints processes.

Your electricity rights

You can use the Energy Made Easy price comparator to research and evaluate products and services offered by electricity retailers.

All electricity retailers must provide the same information about their electricity offers in the same format. This is called an Energy Price Fact Sheet.

Every electricity retailer has to:

  • tell you about any flexible payment options up front
  • give you at least 10 days notice of any price increases
  • give you 20 days notice before any discounts (or other benefits) expire
  • let you make regular, advance payments if you choose
  • offer assistance to electricity customers finding it difficult to pay their bill
  • tell you about concessions and rebates in disconnection warning notices
  • give you advanced notice about interruptions to supply.

Electricity retailers are not allowed to:

  • charge more than $20 if you want to switch providers
  • charge you upfront for meter tests.

Dispute resolution

If you have a problem with your electricity supply, you should contact your electricity retailer and try to resolve the matter directly with them.

You should also contact your electricity retailer if you have questions about:

  • your contract, or disputes regarding charges on your bill
  • disconnecting or reconnecting your service
  • questions about your classification as a small energy customer (as all residential electricity customers are classified as small customers).

You can also contact these other organisations who can assist with electricity issues and consumer complaints.

Electricity Distribution Network Code

The Queensland Electricity Distribution Network Code supports the National Energy Customer Framework and sets out rules for electricity distributors and electricity retailers.

The framework provides electricity customers with information about the retail market and offers financial hardship support.

Rules for electricity retailers and electricity distributors under the code include:

  • service obligations to customers
  • management of distribution businesses
  • network billing, customer transfers and metering practices
  • rules on the services between retailers and distributors.

Guaranteed service levels payments

The code sets guaranteed service levels which Energex and Ergon Energy must meet. These relate to the quality of service provided.

You may qualify for a guaranteed service level payment from Energex or Ergon Energy if:

  • your electricity is not connected (or reconnected) on time
  • your electricity is wrongfully disconnected
  • you do not receive a timely response to a loss of hot water supply enquiry
  • an appointment you made is not kept
  • you are not warned about a planned interruption to electricity supply to your home or business
  • you have more than a specified number of eligible power outages in a financial year you experience a single eligible outage for longer than a specified time.

If you live in South East Queensland, read about Energex’s guaranteed service levels and how to apply for a payment.

If you live in regional Queensland, read about Ergon Energy’s guaranteed service level payment how to apply for a payment.

Find out more

Contact us

For more information, call 13QGOV (13 74 68) or email ContactUs@dnrme.qld.gov.au.

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Know your electricity rights and find a better electricity deal

Find out what you can do it you are having trouble paying your electricity bill.

Read about your electricity consumer rights and find out how to make a complaint.

Use the Energy Made Easy website to compare energy offers available in your area.

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Last updated:
17 May 2018
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