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An Expert’s Guide to AusNet Services

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AusNet Services is an electricity and gas distribution network provider in charge of maintaining energy infrastructure in parts of Melbourne and eastern Victoria. This means it is responsible for keeping power supplied to homes and businesses across its vast network.

The distributor claims to ‘own and operate more than $11 billion of electricity and gas network assets.’ AusNet Services is one of five electricity distributors in Victoria, while it’s also one of three gas distribution networks in the state. In addition to being an energy distribution network provider, AusNet also transmits power to Victoria and helps connect electricity to other areas of the country. Find all the information you need about AusNet Services in our handy guide.

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AusNet Services Expert Guide

AusNet Services is responsible for maintaining three networks: electricity distribution, gas distribution and Victoria’s electricity transmission network. The company claims to service more than 1.5 million customers across the state, and has a network that covers 80,000km2, most of which is in rural or regionals areas.

Within its network, AusNet maintains 38,000km of overhead powerlines, 6,900 of underground cables, 330,000 power poles and 90,000 streetlights. AusNet Services’ head office is located in Southbank, Melbourne.

Here is some general information about when and when not to contact AusNet Services:

When to contact AusNet Services When NOT to contact AusNet Services
To report a blackout or supply interruption To check an energy bill is correct
To apply for an electricity or gas connection at your address You want to discuss changing energy retailers
To apply for a solar, battery or other generation connection process To request a smart meter replacement (contact your energy retailer that will log a service order)
To make a claim or complaint about a supply issue To enquire about electricity or gas concessions

What does AusNet Services do?

In terms of its electricity and gas distribution responsibilities, AusNet Services maintains a network of poles, wires, substations, underground pipes and streetlights. This means any power supply issues to a residence or property is AusNet’s responsibility, while it also helps connect customers to the electricity grid or gas mains. For those looking to install solar panels or any other small-to-large renewable generation system connection, AusNet can help out through its online application form.

AusNet Services Tariffs

These are the costs that AusNet charges customers for being connected to its network, and to use power. Tariffs vary depending on how much energy is needed, and at what time of the day it is consumed. There is a new two-rate network tariff structure from 1 July 2021 for residential and small business customers, with details available to download via the AusNet website.

AusNet Services Connections

Electricity and solar connections are accessible on AusNet’s website where it hands off to an application form. This also includes electricity supply relocations and disconnections. For solar connections, it has separate information on PV systems up to 30kW and 30kW to 1.5MW for larger businesses. Get all the information you need by visiting AusNet Services’ Connections page.

Energy Plans on the AusNet Services Network

Most residential customers on the AusNet Services network should be free to choose their electricity retailer – the company that bills them for using energy. Check out the deals below to see how your current electricity plan stacks up.

Here are some of the cheapest published deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are products from referral partners†. These costs are based on the AusNet network in Warragul but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

AusNet Services Company Information

Take a look below to find the information you need about AusNet Services. Whether it’s a query about your power supply or you’re a life support customer, these details should help.

AusNet Contact Details

You never know when these details will come in handy, but you can find most of AusNet’s contact information below. Email enquiries can be sent to: customersupport@ausnetservices.com.au

  • General enquiries: 1300 360 795 (Mon to Fri: 8am-5pm)
  • Faults & emergencies: 13 17 99 (electricity) or 13 67 07 (gas)
  • Life support customers: 1800 818 832
  • Postal address: Locked Bag 13051, Melbourne VIC 8001

AusNet Coverage Map

Eastern Victorians and those in suburbs of north Melbourne will be connected to AusNet Services for their electricity supply. As you’ll see on the map below, AusNet is broken into three parts – north, east and central. AusNet is one of the biggest electricity distributors in Victoria in terms of its geography and vast network.

AusNet Services Map

AusNet Outages

Customers can go to the AusNet Services outage checker which shares all the details they’ll need if they’re experiencing electricity or gas supply issues. AusNet’s outage tracker shows real-time information on where outages are currently occurring, including the status of each and the estimated time to restore power.

Jared Mullane: Energy Editor

Jared Mullane

This page was written and is regularly updated by Canstar Blue’s Energy Editor, Jared Mullane. He’s an expert in all things utilities, including electricity, gas and water, helping to make complicated subjects easier to understand for consumers. A trained journalist, Jared is usually one of the first to break energy-related news, whether it’s the latest changes in the industry, price movements, or the next best deal you need to know about.

Other Victorian Energy Distributors

There are numerous power distribution companies operating across Victoria, for both electricity and natural gas. AusNet Services is one of five electricity distributors and one of three natural gas distributors. Here are the energy distributors in Victoria:

Electricity:

  • United Energy for the southern suburbs and Mornington Peninsula, including Frankston, Rosebud, Flinders and Port Arlington.
  • Citipower for the CBD and inner-city suburbs, including St Kilda, Collingwood, Fitzroy and Docklands.
  • Powercor for western Victoria, including Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Maryborough.
  • Jemena for northern and south-western suburbs including Footscray, Tullamarine, Craigieburn and Sunbury.
  • AusNet Services for outer northern and eastern suburbs, including South Morang, Mansfield, Lilydale and Hazelwood.

Natural Gas:

  • Australian Gas Networks for most areas of Victoria, including the northern, eastern and southern areas of the metro Melbourne area, the Mornington Peninsula and northern, eastern and south eastern areas of Melbourne.
  • Multinet Gas for the eastern suburbs, including Yarra Ranges and south Gippsland.
  • AusNet Services for central and western Victoria, including Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong.

FAQs about AusNet Services

Is AusNet Services Australian owned?

According to its website, AusNet Services was acquired by Australian Energy Holdings in February 2022 – a company owned by Canadian consortium Brookfield Asset Management. Its investors include Sunsuper Superannuation Fund, Alberta Investment Management Corporation, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan and Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board.

How does AusNet Services make money?

AusNet Services states on its website that it ‘collects revenue from through network costs charged on customer bills.’ The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) oversees its pricing structure for supply every five years. You can read more about on the AusNet Services Tariffs and Charges page.

Can I contact AusNet if there’s a power outage?

Yes, you can contact AusNet if there’s an outage at your home or business, but it’s best to check out the outage tracker on AusNet’s website. On its outage tracker, customers can look at planned and unplanned outages on its network’s map.

Can I choose my energy distributor?

No, if you’re living on the AusNet Services network, then you cannot choose your energy distributor. Unlike your electricity or gas retailer – the company that bills you for using power – a distributor is responsible for keeping your property connected to the grid.