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.

Good Phone Plans for Aussie Kids

Posted by November 12th 2019

What are the best phone plans for kids? Canstar Blue compares good mobile options for children and provides tips on what to look for.

Electricity Reference Price Guide

What is the Reference Price for Energy?

Posted by November 8th 2019

If you’ve heard or read about a new ‘reference price’ for energy but don’t understand what it’s all about, Canstar Blue has your back.

Powershop vs Origin Compared

Powershop vs Origin: Electricity Cost Comparison

Posted by September 19th 2019

Origin is the big energy retailer, while Powershop is the new kid on the block. Where can you find the cheapest electricity prices? Read Canstar Blue’s review

Amaysim reveals new prepaid power plans

Posted by August 19th 2019

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 …

Click Energy to pay $900,000 over dodgy discount claims

Posted by April 1st 2019

Electricity and gas retailer Click Energy has been ordered by the Federal Court to pay $900,000 in penalties after making false or misleading claims about the potential benefits and 'savings' of its big discount power …

Woolworths holds half-price frozen food super-sale

Posted by April 5th 2019

If you thought the supermarket price war was over – well, think again. Woolworths is holding a one-day only super-sale in its freezer aisles, with selected products cut to HALF-PRICE! But there is a catch… The …