Financial assistance options

Having trouble paying your bill?

We'd like to help. If you're a residential customer in VIC, NSW, SA, ACT or WA, here's how we can help you pay your bill:

Payment plans

Paying your bills shouldn't be hard. To make it easier to pay your ongoing usage costs and pay back any debt you owe, you can set up a payment plan with:

  • Regular weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments of equal amounts, based on a forecast of your energy usage over the next 12 months
  • Any debt owing on your account rolled into the payments - so you can pay it off within two years of starting the payment plan
  • Payments that cover both usage and debt

When you set up your plan, and each time you change it, we send you a payment schedule with:

  • The number of payments you need to make to pay off any debt on your account
  • How long you will be making payments
  • The amount and due date of each payment

If you miss a payment due date, we'll contact you to revise your payment plan and help you get back on track.

Call us to talk about your options


Power On - we won't switch you off

Our Power On program is designed to help out eligible residential customers when things get tough. We're here to lessen the worry. Get in touch. We'll give you access to information and options to help you get on top of your energy bills... and stay there.  

If you're having trouble paying, we can help out with:

  • Flexible payment plan options
  • Information on Centrepay and how to set up a direct debit
  • Redirecting your bills to a third party at no charge (this helps when someone else is managing your bills)
  • Energy efficiency tips and ideas
  • Help with signing up for state concessions and rebates
  • A referral for financial counselling
  • An energy plan that best suits your needs

Need something more?

If none of these options will work for you, we can still help! If you can't pay the full cost of your ongoing energy usage, we can:

  1. Put your debt on hold - so you don't need to make any payments on it for six months.
  2. Let you pay less than the full cost of your ongoing usage - while you find ways to use less energy.

After six months, we'll check in to see how you're going and work with you to help you pay your ongoing bills and reduce your energy costs.

Worried about your pay on time discount?

Don't be. You can still get a pay on time discount on your bill if you pay your Power On instalments by direct debit. (You may not get your discount if you simply ask for a payment extension on your bill.)

When you're on Power On, we'll:

  • Keep you connected
  • Respect you and your situation
  • Apply our hardship policy consistently, fairly and transparently
  • Give you information to help you use less energy
  • Set up a payment plan to fit your capacity to pay

And we won't initiate normal debt collection processes.

We promise to respect your privacy

We take your privacy seriously. No one else needs to know if you're having a tough time. We'll look after your personal and credit information exactly as per the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Your financial information will only be used to assess your Power On application.

While you're on Power On, we need you to:

  • Work with us to use less energy and pay off your debt.
  • Stay in touch – let us know if anything changes.
  • Make your Power On plan repayments – in full and on time.

We want to help you get back in control of your energy bills.

Government programs, concessions and rebates

State governments have a range of grant programs and concession rebates, offering financial assistance to people stuggling with their energy bills.

See what kind of help could apply to you


Home energy advice

Another way we can help is with an energy efficiency consultation. We can come to your home or just chat to you on the phone.

We'll talk about:

  • the appliances you use 
  • the layout of your home
  • how you can use these to reduce your energy usage - and with them, your bills.

Call us to see if you're eligible for a free consultation

Call us

Need to talk it though? Give us a call.

phone13 24 61

7 am - 7 pm, Monday to Friday

phone1300 137 427

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phone13 677

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