New connections

Connect your house, property or business to the electricity network for a reliable power supply. As part of this process, we need to confirm if power supply from our network is available to your premises. We’ll also need to establish a new connection contract with you.

Are you moving? If you are moving house where the power is already on, you just need to contact your electricity retailer.
Need a new account for a new build? If your power is connected and you just need a new electricity account, also contact your electricity retailer.

Here's how to get connected.

1. Get started

The best place to start is to talk to an electrical contractor, who will be completing the work needed at your place. Your electrical contractor can provide technical information about your proposed new connection and can also submit your connection application on your behalf.

Specific information is needed in your connection application. If you have any questions about this or need more information before applying, you can make an enquiry via our Customer Portal. We will respond within five business days.

Make an enquiry

2. Submit your connection application

To get power connected, you need to submit an application and accept our offer to start your new connection contract with us.

As technical information is required, some electrical contractors may offer to apply for you via our Electrical Partners Portal. Otherwise you, or someone on your behalf, can apply via our Customer Portal.

There is an option to fast-track (or expedite) your application in some cases – read more in Step 3.

Apply now

When we receive your application, we’ll check if the connection service you want is basic or negotiated and if suitable power supply from our network is available to your place.

Please note: The person who applies is usually the person we contact during the connection process.

3. Accept our connection offer

Whoever submits your application will also need to accept our connection offer.

We want to help you get connected quickly and easily to meet your energy needs. Most of our customers only need a basic connection service.

Basic connection

If your connection service type is basic, it can be fast-tracked when submitting the online application. Just tick the Expedite Application box and your connection contract will automatically be created on the terms of our model standing offer.

If your application is not expedited, we’ll make a basic connection offer within 10 business days (or other date agreed with you). You will have 45 business days to accept our offer. Your connection contract starts when the offer is accepted.

If you want to negotiate the terms of your connection contract, you can choose to do this through a negotiated connection.

Negotiated connection

If your connection service type is not basic, or you want to negotiate the terms of your connection contract, then it’s classed as negotiated. Choosing to negotiate will incur additional costs.

We’ll contact the person who applied to discuss the terms of your connection contract. Any additional costs may need to be accepted at this time. We’ll aim to make a negotiated connection offer within 65 business days of your application. You will have 20 business days to accept the offer. Your connection contract starts when the offer is accepted.

Read more about connection service types, offers and contracts under FAQs and further reading below.

4. Choose your electricity retailer

You will need to tell your electrical contractor who you choose as your electricity retailer. Your electrical contractor will complete an Electrical Work Request (EWR) to provide us with this and other information about your connection.

The EWR will also notify your electricity retailer of your new connection request. Your electricity retailer will then contact you to set up an account.

Your account needs to be set up and any upfront metering charges accepted before we can connect you. Once this is done, your electricity retailer will send us a service order requesting us to connect you.

Your retailer will also send a service order to their nominated metering provider to arrange installation of your new meter. For more information on meters please speak with your retailer or visit our Power of Choice webpage.

5. We connect you

Your electricity retailer will advise you when we’ll visit your premises to connect it to our network. We must do this within set timeframes (unless we have to change our network to connect you).

A metering provider will also need to visit your premises to install your meters. They will usually do this after our visit as your meters cannot be installed until electricity supply is available. The metering provider will turn the power on to your premises before they leave.

Please note: We’ll need access to the connection point and your meter box during our visit.

For an easy print summary of this connection process, check out our Connect to the network checklist (PDF 214.5 kb).

How long will it take?

For your new connection contract

To establish your connection contract, we'll make a connection offer within the following timeframes.

Basic connection offer (expedited If you 'fast-tracked' (or expedited) your connection application, your connection contract will start when you application is submitted.
Basic connection offer (non-expedited) If you didn't 'fast-track' (or expedite) your connection application, we'll make a connection offer within 10 business days. You will have 45 business days to accept it.
Negotiated connection offer We'll make contact within 10 business days to advise that we will be giving you a negotiated connection offer. We'll provide this offer within 65 business days.  You'll have 20 business days to accept it.

Note: If you request information by post, it may take longer for you to receive your offer.

For your new connection

To get you connected, we need an EWR from your electrical contractor and a service order from your electricity retailer.

Once received, we will visit your premises within 5 business days to complete your connection (unless we have to change our network to connect you).

A metering provider will also need to visit your premises to install your electricity meter. They will usually do this either at the same time or after our visit. Your electricity retailer will advise the timeframe for your connection, including installation of the meter.

Timeframes depend on network availability, access and traffic control requirements, or any other impacts that are outside of our control.

How much will it cost?

Connection services charges

Fees and charges will depend on the type of connection service you have applied for, and whether any work is needed on the electricity network to connect you.

For all new overhead connections, we need to install a service line to connect your new premises to our network. This is free of charge in most cases. Underground connections will be established from the nearest pillar.

Other charges may apply under a negotiated connection offer. For example, an application fee, a network extension fee, or a capital contribution.

If any network charges are required to meet your connection application, an estimate of these charges will be included in your connection offer for your approval.

Read our fees and charges information sheet (PDF 493.4 kb) that outlines the costs applicable to customers and developers for connection services.

All our connection charges have been approved by the Australian Energy Regulator. Read more on connection charges .

Metering charges

There will be fees to install your electricity metering at your premises. The amount is charged to you by your electricity retailer so you will need to discuss this with them.

Read more on metering charges.

FAQs and further reading

If I'm not ready to apply, can I just make an enquiry?

Yes, you can make a preliminary enquiry about your connection. We’ll respond within five business days, or other date agreed with you.

You can:

  • Submit an online enquiry via our Customer Portal, or
  • you can also call us on 13 12 53 (Mon to Fri, 7am - 5:30pm) to request a form.

I don’t want to use an online form do you have a printed form I can use?

Yes, we have printed versions of our connection enquiry form and application form that we can send to you.

You can call us on 13 12 53 (Monday to Friday  7:00am - 5:30pm) to request a form.

What do I do if I’m only changing my meter or my tariff?

You don’t need a connection contract. These changes can be arranged directly through your electrical contractor.

What information do I need to submit a connection application?

You will need to know the following:

  • Your contact details
  • Premises address details (including your lot and plan number, as on your council rates notice)
  • Date electricity supply is required
  • Details of your premises appliances (e.g. aircon, fridges, hot water, etc.)
  • How many phases you need
  • Amps per phase
  • Details of pumps or non-domestic equipment (if applicable)
  • Whether the power supply is underground or overhead:
    • if overhead, are there houses already connected on both sides of the premises?
    • if underground, are there green pillars (turrets) on the premises boundary?

Your electrical contractor can help provide the technical information.

What is a basic connection service?

Most applications qualify for a basic connection service. This is where the connection services needed for your new connection are relatively simple and straightforward, and include little or no changes to our network.

It generally involves connection of residential and small business premises where:

  • network supply is available (i.e. there is a line available near your place, at the required voltage and with enough capacity and phases for your new connection)
  • there is little or no work required on our network to connect you (other than establishing a standard connection)
  • the maximum connection capacity is 100 amperes per phase.

More detailed information about basic connection services is explained in our Model Standing Offer Basic Connection Service (PDF 273.2 kb), including relevant definitions.

What does expedited mean?

If your new connection is classed as a basic connection service, you or your contractor can ‘fast-track’ it in the online application. This is called an ‘expedited’ application.

It simply means that you are requesting to expedite at the time you submit your application, provided we are satisfied that the connection service you are applying for is a basic connection service and that you indicate that the terms in the model standing offer are acceptable to you. If this occurs, then the contract forms when your application is submitted.

Just tick the Expedite Application box at the end of the online connection application to do this.

If you don’t tick the Expedite Application box, we’ll make a basic connection offer within 10 business days (or other date agreed with you). You will have 45 business days to accept it.

Your connection contract starts when the offer is accepted.

What is a negotiated connection service?

A negotiated connection service is needed if:

  • Power supply from our network is not readily available in your area
  • A network change is required to connect you
  • The maximum connection capacity exceeds 100 amperes per phase
  • Your new connection is not classed as a basic connection service
  • Your new connection is classed as a basic connection service but you have chosen to negotiate the terms of your connection contract with us.

Possible fees

Please note that you may be charged a fee for a negotiated connection service, to cover our expenses in assessing your application, completing the negotiated connection process and making a negotiated connection offer.

These may also include charges from other network service providers and the cost to inspect your premises (if required). Read more about connection charges.

Standard connection services

Our standard connection services apply to unmetered supply only, for example watchman lighting, bus shelters, lighting for public amenities or street lighting. The standard connections services we offer are listed in our Model Standing Offer - Standard Connection Service for Unmetered Supply (PDF 343.1 kb).

More information about connection offers

When you or your electrical contractor submits a connection application via our online services, it will immediately be assessed to see if it’s for a basic or negotiated connection service.

We'll then make a basic or negotiated connection offer within set timeframes for you to accept.

Basic connection offer, expedited

If your connection service type is basic, you or your contractor can fast-track (or expedite) it in the online application. Just tick the Expedite Application box and your connection contract will start when your application is submitted.

Basic connection offer, not expedited

If your connection service type is basic but you don’t expedite your application, we’ll make a basic connection offer within 10 business days (or other date agreed with you). You will have 45 business days to accept it.

The basic connection services that we offer are listed in our Model Standing Offer Basic Connection Service (PDF 273.2 kb).

Negotiated connection offer

If your connection service type is not basic, or you choose to negotiate the terms of your connection contract, then it’s classed as negotiated.

We’ll contact you or your electrical contractor to discuss the terms of your connection contract, and any additional fees. Usually we’ll make a negotiated connection offer within 65 business days. You will have 20 business days to accept it.

Your connection contract starts when the offer is accepted.

What happens if I decline your connection offer?

If you decline to accept the connection offer, or don't return the signed connection offer within the set timeframe, our connection offer will expire. If you still want your new connection, you will need to submit a new connection application and go through the whole process again (including paying any fees again).

More information about connection establishment contracts

Your new connection contract will be on the terms of your accepted connection offer. It’s called a connection establishment contract.

Basic connections

For basic connection service, these terms are listed in our Model Standing Offer Basic Connection Service (PDF 273.2 kb).

We will make a basic connection offer where:

  • Power supply is available (that is, there is a line available at the required voltage with sufficient capacity for your new connection)
  • There is little or no work required on our network to connect you (apart from establishing a service line. Anything greater than establishing a service line will have to be negotiated)
  • The maximum connection capacity is 100 amperes per phase.

Negotiated connections

For negotiated connection services, we’ll negotiate the terms of your connection contract with you.

More information about ongoing supply connection contracts

Once you have accepted the connection offer and your connection establishment contract is in place, another contract automatically comes into effect for your ongoing connection services. Unless you specifically negotiate the terms of this other contract, it will be on the terms of the Deemed Standard Connection Contract (PDF 638.5 kb).

What is a service line?

A service line is the wire that runs from our network to just inside your property and connects electricity to your premises. A standard overhead service line may extend approximately 20m inside your premises, whilst a standard underground service line may extend approximately 7m inside your premises.

We provide standard service lines free of charge.

What are capital contributions?

A capital contribution is a fee you’ll be charged for some types of network changes, if we need to change our network for your connection.

A capital contribution for network extension may be applicable for connections that exceed the scope of a typical connection, such as where the service line is longer than the standard service line.

In these circumstances, any capital contributions will be calculated using the formula set out in section 7 in our Connection Policy (PDF 1.1 mb).

What is Chapter 5A?

Chapter 5A of the National Electricity Rules sets out the process for most of our customers to either:

  • Create a new connection to our electricity distribution network
  • Change an existing connection to our electricity distribution network.

The services we provide for these are called connection services. These generally include the design, construction and energisation of connection assets and any necessary change of our network.

What are contestable services?

Some services are open to competition and can be provided by persons other than us. These include:

What are my rights and obligations?

Read about the energy laws that outline your rights and obligations, how to make a complaint, the dispute resolution procedures and the Queensland Energy Ombudsman on our Customer's rights and obligations webpage.

What are Energex's responsibilities?

As a distribution network service provider there are a number of things we must do, including:

  • Maintaining the safety and reliability of the network to ensure the adequate, economic, reliable and safe connection and supply of electricity to our customers
  • Connecting new customers
  • Extending and upgrading the network to meet growth and expansion
  • Maintaining street lighting for local governments
  • Collecting metering data for electricity retailers.

Learn more on our Responsibilities webpage.