Connection charges

What we charge for customer connection services is controlled by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER)1. These services include new connections, changing an existing connection, and the ongoing connection and supply of electricity across a connection point.

The AER has classified our regulated distribution services (which include customer connection services) into Standard Control Services and Alternative Control Services. Read more about these below.

Connection charges price lists

If there will be any network charges for your connection application, an estimate will be included in your connection offer for your approval. These two price lists may help to give you an indication of the charges:

Standard control services

Standard Control Services (SCS) are core distribution services for the access and supply of electricity to customers. They include:

  • Network services (e.g. construction, maintenance and repair of the network)
  • Some connection services (e.g. small customer connections)
  • Type 7 metering services (i.e. unmetered supply).

We recover our costs in providing SCS through network tariffs billed to electricity retailers. However, under certain circumstances, you may be required to pay a capital contribution towards a SCS.

Alternative control services

Alternative Control Services (ACS) are customer specific and/or customer requested services.

ACS are either price capped services (fee-based services) for standard types of services, or price on application (quoted services) for services with a scope not known in advance, such as:

  • Some connection services (e.g. large customer connections)
  • Metering services (i.e. Type 6 metering services)
  • Public lighting services (e.g. provision, construction and maintenance of public lighting).

The whole cost of an ACS is paid by the customer who benefits from the connection service.

For more information on our fees and charges as approved by the AER, please refer to our Pricing webpage and our Connection Policy (PDF 700.2 kb).

  1. Energex is subject to economic regulation by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) under the National Electricity Law (the NEL) and the National Electricity Rules. Under these laws, the AER is responsible for regulating the income that we can earn and the prices that we can charge for customer connection services.