Avoiding disconnection of your electricity
The best way to avoid the disconnection of your electricity supply is to act promptly and speak to your retailer as soon as you find yourself in a position that may lead to disconnection.
While you may find it difficult to discuss your personal circumstances with your retailer, remember that it will be much more stressful to do so after your electricity has been disconnected.
Read our information about when your supply can and cannot be disconnected.
- If you fail to pay a bill.
- When you have failed to provide safe access to your electricity meter for three consecutive scheduled meter reads.
- For health and safety reasons.
- In an emergency or at the request of the police.
- If you have provided false information in order to be connected.
- If you have not provided acceptable identification when requested to do so by your retailer.
- When illegal activities are suspected at your premises.
- If you cause damage to the distributor’s equipment or interfere with a third party’s supply.
Your electricity retailer must give you fair notice before disconnection.
- After 3pm on a business day.
- On a Friday or the day before a public holiday (except in the case of a planned interruption).
- On a weekend or public holiday.
- If you have lodged a complaint with us in relation to the disconnection.
- For non-payment where the amount outstanding is less than the amount prescribed by the Australian Energy Regulator.
- Between 20 and 31 December (inclusive).
- In extreme weather conditions (such as a heatwave).
A reminder notice is your cue to contact your electricity retailer as soon as possible.
You may still be able to negotiate a payment arrangement and avoid disconnection.
Your retailer must use their best endeavours to contact you by phone, mail, email or other approved methods prior to disconnection.
If you have not paid your bill after receiving a reminder notice, you will receive a disconnection warning advising that your supply may be disconnected in five business days unless payment is made.
You should contact your electricity retailer as soon as possible to discuss your circumstances.
If you move into a property and electricity is being used but you have not established and account, the last electricity retailer to supply the property retains the right to supply to you and will send letters addressed to the ‘Occupant’, ‘Customer’ or ‘Resident’ at that property.
Letters addressed in this way (even if not from the retailer you believe you are with) should not be ignored, as they are an indication that something may have gone wrong with a requested transfer, or that you need to establish an account at your new property.
It is important that you read these letters, as they may be bills, reminder notices or even a disconnection warning and if ignored could lead to disconnection.
You should immediately contact the retailer that is sending these letters.