Compare QLD Gas Suppliers

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Compare QLD gas suppliers AGL and Origin on their value for money, customer service, bill & cost clarity, tools & advice, ease of sign-up, focus on environmental sustainability and overall customer satisfaction in Canstar Blue’s 2019 reviews & ratings.

See our Ratings Methodology.

Most Satisfied Customers | AGL

After four years of Origin dominance, AGL has taken the lead as the best-rated gas supplier in Queensland. AGL earned five-star reviews for bill & cost clarity, ease of sign-up, customer service, and overall customer satisfaction.

AGL overtakes Origin as best-rated gas supplier in QLD

Queenslanders are not as reliant on natural gas as households in the southern states of our great brown land, but that doesn’t mean you should accept high prices, or inferior service, from your provider. There are only three natural gas suppliers to choose from in Queensland, but that still gives you options if you are not entirely satisfied with the service you’re currently receiving, or the price that you’re paying. This review aims to make the decision-making process a little easier by ranking QLD gas suppliers on several key factors relating to customer satisfaction. We walk you through your gas options, whether you live in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or a regional area further north, to help you better-understand the market and possibly find a better deal.

As you would probably guess from the ratings table above, AGL and Origin are the dominant natural gas retailers in SE Queensland. The third supplier now available is Red Energy but given that it only launched its gas service in the Brisbane area in mid-2018, it hasn’t yet managed to cut through the dominance of the big two and didn’t receive the required sample size to be included in this comparison. However, this is what we did find:

  • AGL rated five stars for overall customer satisfaction, as well as bill & cost clarity, ease of sign-up and customer service. It earned four stars for online tools & advice, environmental sustainability and value for money.
  • Origin achieved four stars for overall customer satisfaction, bill & cost clarity and customer service. It received five stars for ease of sign-up but just three stars for online tools & advice, value for money and environmental sustainability.

Now we know how these gas companies stack up in the eyes of their customers, let’s learn more about the plans they have to offer and the Queensland gas market as a whole. You may also want to compare their electricity offers, which you can do with our comparison tool via the link above.

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Cheap Gas Prices QLD – quick comparison

Here are some of the cheapest gas deals on our database for QLD. These estimated annual costs are based on the Australian Gas Network in Brisbane and daily gas usage of 25MJ, but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest estimated cost. This table includes products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Brand Features Price(estimated**)
AGL Logo
Basic Plan Information

Essentials Plus

Conditional Discounts

  • $75 credit off first bill for signing up online

Other Features:

  • $40/year bill credit
  • Fixed rates for 24 months
24 Month
Benefit Period
$585
incl. conditional discount
Go To Site
Origin Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Max Saver

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 3% guaranteed discount off gas usage and supply charges
  • Must sign up to direct debit & e-fulfilment
12 Month
Benefit Period
$724 Go To Site
Red Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Qantas Red Saver

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent on energy when bills paid on time
OngoingBenefit Period $727 Go To Site

QLD Gas Suppliers

AGL

AGL Logo

AGL gives Queensland gas customers two different products to choose from. The decision will probably come down to whether you want a plan with fixed rates for two years, or variable rates. AGL’s fixed rate plan comes with no conditional discounts, just competitive rates locked in for the length of the contract. It means that customers are protected from any rising gas prices during this time. Customers will also receive a small credit off the first bill as well as flybuys points for signing up online. If you prefer to keep things a little more flexible, AGL has a variable rate product as an alternative. In terms of incentives, AGL has a rewards program which brings savings on things like movie tickets and groceries.

Brand Features Price(estimated**)
AGL Logo
Basic Plan Information

Essentials Plus

Conditional Discounts

  • $75 credit off first bill for signing up online

Other Features:

  • $40/year bill credit.
  • Fixed rates for 24 months
24 Month
Benefit Period
$585
incl. conditional discount
Go To Site
AGL Logo
Basic Plan Information

Essentials Saver

Conditional Discounts

  • $75 credit off first bill for signing up online
12 Month
Benefit Period
$611
incl. conditional discount
Go To Site

Origin Energy

Origin Energy Logo

Origin has three different gas offers for Queenslanders to choose from, depending on personal preference and circumstances. The biggest discount comes for those who are happy to commit to direct debit payments and receiving bills via email, while a smaller guaranteed discount is on offer. In both cases, discounts come off gas usage charges and there are 12 month benefit periods. There are no exit fees with any Origin gas plan, but prices are variable. Customers may also want to consider Origin’s Predictable Plan, whereby you pay the same amount every month for a year regardless of your gas usage. Unique quotes are offered based on previous usage history. This offer may not always be available, and eligibility requirements will apply.

Brand Features Price(estimated**)
Origin Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Max Saver

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 3% guaranteed discount off gas usage and supply charges
  • Must sign up to direct debit & e-fulfilment
12 Month
Benefit Period
$724 Go To Site
Origin Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Flexi

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 2% guaranteed discount off gas usage and supply charges
12 Month
Benefit Period
$731 Go To Site

Red Energy

Red Energy Logo

New to the Queensland gas market, Red Energy’s biggest selling point is its partnership with Qantas which sees customers collect Frequent Flyer points as they go. There are no contract periods or exit fees with any of the retailer’s plans, nor does Red Energy offer any discounts. Red Energy might be new to the gas market in Queensland, but it has been established in the electricity space since 2017. It has a strong reputation for good customer service, performing well in our electricity ratings for QLD and leading the way in NSW for the last few years.

Brand Features Price(estimated**)
Red Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Qantas Red Saver

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent on energy when bills paid on time
OngoingBenefit Period $727 Go To Site
Red Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Living Energy Saver

No Conditional Discounts

OngoingBenefit Period $727 Go To Site

About the Queensland Gas Market

Gas Market QLD

The majority of Queenslanders have been able to choose their natural gas supplier since back in 2007 when ‘Full Retail Competition’ was introduced. However, until Red Energy came to the party in 2018, AGL and Origin were the only two energy companies to offer retail gas services in the state. This is in stark contrast to NSW, South Australia and Victoria where several major energy providers compete for gas customers in far more competitive markets. Origin and AGL supply more than 90% of natural gas connections in SE Queensland, according to the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) latest report.

The exceptions are those covered by Western Downs and Maranoa regional councils, including Roma and Dalby. In these areas, the local councils have licenses to retail natural gas to customers.

Who sets gas prices in Queensland?

Natural gas prices for most of Queensland have been deregulated since 2007, meaning that Origin and AGL have determined their own plans, prices and conditions for some time. Prices are generally reviewed once a year, but if the retailers increase prices at any time, they must inform their customers at least 10 business days before the changes take effect. Prices are regulated in regional areas.

Queensland Gas Contracts

In areas of Queensland where gas prices have been deregulated, households will be on one of two types of contracts:

  • Standing offer: All energy providers are required to offer standard contracts in addition to their market offers. These are the contracts that customers are likely to be on if they have not switched providers in several years. These contracts are ongoing and have basic terms and conditions set out by law (such as no exit fees) but will usually work out more expensive than market offers.
  • Market offer: These contracts are set out almost entirely by the retailers and provide customers with the opportunity to save through conditional discounts and any other sign-up incentives. Market offers come with varying contract lengths and conditions. They may include exit fees.

The latest figures from the AER show that about one in four Queensland households remain on a standard gas contract. This means big savings could be on the cards for those who switch to market contracts, even with the same retailer.

Picking your gas supplier

QLD Gas Suppliers

There are lots of things to think about when it comes to picking a gas supplier for your home. We asked respondents to our survey about their main reasons for initially picking their gas supplier. This is what we found:

  • 27% shopped around and compared plans and prices
  • 24% just went with a retailer name they recognised
  • 20% were attracted by a big discount
  • 17% picked the retailer that appealed most to them for other reasons (e.g. green credentials)
  • 9% were attracted by a different sign-up incentive (e.g. movie tickets)

About one in four respondents gave other reasons for choosing their gas supplier.

Half of gas customers in QLD (50%) signed up to their supplier over the phone, while 34% signed up online. Just 64% of survey respondents think they get a good deal on gas.

How to find the best deal on gas in QLD

The amount you pay for gas is determined by two main costs – usage and supply charges. Usage charges are what you pay for the gas you actually use, while supply charges are ongoing daily costs you’ll need to pay regardless of your usage.

  • In Brisbane, you can expect to pay around 75-80 cents per day in gas supply charges. These are charges just for being connected to the gas network.
  • Usage charges are typically around 4-6 cents per megajoule (the unit of measurement for gas). A gas oven will likely use around 12 megajoules an hour.

As is normal for gas companies, AGL, Origin and Red Energy charge different usage rates for gas depending on how much you actually use. For example, the first ‘block’ of gas you use a day will usually be charged at the highest rate. This is usually around 7-8 megajoules. The following block will be charged at a cheaper rate and so on. There will then be a lower cost for any remaining usage. Be aware that retailers may kick in their different usage rates at different intervals.

Be aware that gas prices are subject to change, meaning the only way to find the cheapest plan for you is to compare rates on a regular basis. With only three gas retailers to choose from, it would be easy to ‘set and forget’ under the assumption that they are more or less the same. But that can be a costly mistake. Also consider that you don’t necessarily need to get gas and electricity from the same provider. While you will need to buy gas from either AGL, Origin or Red Energy, there are 18 electricity providers operating in SE Queensland that would happily welcome you on board.

For many people, price will be the first and last thing they consider when comparing gas companies, but it’s also worth keeping our customer ratings in mind – because ‘cheapest’ doesn’t always mean ‘best’. It would be smart to keep your options open and regularly compare.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed 12,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who live in Queensland, have a gas account, and pay the bills – in this case, 331 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

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