What are my rights as an electricity consumer?
You need to sign a contract with the electricity retailer you've chosen. This contract protects you and your rights. It’s important to read and understand the terms and conditions.
What are my retailer's obligations to me?
Most electricity retailers follow our voluntary minimum terms and conditions when they set up your contract.
These minimum terms and conditions include processes around what to do when customers do not pay a bill. They also set guidelines for retailers to follow in relation to medically dependent or vulnerable consumers.
As well as these guidelines and voluntary terms and conditions, retailers must follow a set of industry rules.
One of these rules is that for each tariff a retailer offers you for your home (main place of residence), the retailer must also offer you a low fixed charge tariff.
What should the contract with my retailer include?
Retailers' contracts with consumers can follow our contracting principles and minimum terms.
- meaningful choice, such as offering a range of pricing plans, products and services for consumers to consider and make informed decisions
- connections and disconnections, and contract termination
- the actual supply of electricity and related services, such as metering
- contractual terms and conditions, such as being fair and reasonable
- costs, for instance unexpected and unfair costs, should not be imposed on consumers
- billing and payment should be timely and accurate
- access to property
- access to remedies in the case of complaints.
What does the Authority do?
We oversee the retail electricity market and set the rules under which the market operates.