Simon Downes

Simon Downes Simon Downes is Canstar Blue's Editor-in-Chief and consumer affairs journalist, specialising in the energy and telco industries, while also covering all things retail and FMCG. With a decade of newsroom experience under his belt, he’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed decisions, especially when it comes to household bills. Simon was one of the first journalists to raise awareness of the unscrupulous tactics of some energy retailers which eventually resulted in major industry reforms and the introduction of new default pricing, and continues to highlight the potential pitfalls consumers face in a still confusing market.



Liverpool fans

You can now watch Champions League soccer for free on Optus Sport

Posted by April 13th 2021

Optus is giving Aussie soccer fans a free taste of its Optus Sport streaming platform for upcoming UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches. More than 700,000 local football fans have already subscribed to Optus Sport, …


Powershop promising “very generous savings” with limited-edition packs

Posted by February 22nd 2021

Powershop is promising customers “very generous savings” in September as it continues its mission of informing Aussies about its renewable energy credentials. The electricity and gas retailer will be releasing five special promotion powerpacks during the …







Amaysim reveals new prepaid power plans

Posted by January 7th 2020

One of Australia’s most popular phone plan providers is hoping to boost its energy numbers with a new prepaid-style power product. In addition to its existing electricity, gas and solar plans across the states, Amaysim has …


Millions of Aussies to save with Energy Assistance Payment

Posted by May 13th 2019

Almost four million Australians are set to receive a one-off government handout to help ease the pain of rising power bills, weeks ahead of the federal election. The ‘Energy Assistance Payment’ will provide additional cost of …