Ausgrid is required to provide a customer with customer connection services if a customer requests those services.
Ausgrid's customer connection services fall into 2 categories:
physical connection services which involve the establishment of a new connection to Ausgrid's distribution system and an alteration to an existing connection; and:
ongoing supply services which involve the supply (not sale) of electricity from Ausgrid's distribution system to the customer's premises.
A person will be a customer of Ausgrid if the person's premises are connected to, or the person is seeking to have the premises connected to, Ausgrid's distribution system. Ausgrid must provide those services in accordance with a customer connection contract.
Which contract applies to you?
Different customer connection contracts apply to different customer connection services. Both Ausgrid and the customer have rights and obligations under these contracts. For further details of the contracts and each party's rights and obligations under these contracts, see Model Standing Offers and Deemed Standard Connection Contract.
If you or your retailer request us, we will provide you with information about your energy consumption or our charges.
We will provide this information once every 12 months without charge.
Ausgrid is required to provide its customers with ongoing supply services in accordance with the Deemed Standard Connection Contract (DSCC).
If a customer is already connected to Ausgrid's distribution system, the DSCC is deemed to apply to the customer when the customer starts to take supply of electricity at the premises.
In the case of a connection where electricity has ceased to flow, the DSCC will apply when electricity begins to flow again.
If the customer is not yet connected to Ausgrid's distribution system, the customer will have another contract with Ausgrid for physical connection services and the DSCC will apply in accordance with the terms and conditions of that other contract. For further details on the contracts that relate to physical connection services, see Model Standing Offers.
Ausgrid and the customer both have rights and obligations under the DSCC. These relate to:
- the installation and maintenance of equipment at the customer's premises;
- the provision of information including in relation to life support equipment at the premises (Life support information).
- small generators connected to Ausgrid's distribution system and located at the premises;
- wrongful and illegal use of electricity;
- Ausgrid's right to access the premises;
- Ausgrid's right to interrupt or disconnect supply and its related notice and reconnection obligations;
- payment of charges for customer connection services; and
- the customer's obligation to comply with certain specific and unique conditions in relation to the premises that applied to the premises prior to the customer occupying the premises (known as specific conditions).
Ausgrid is required to provide customer connection services in accordance with certain service standards.
Ausgrid must meet a number of distribution service standards for small customers. Ausgrid must report on any failures to meet these standards and may be liable for penalties for any such failures. In addition, some of these standards are Guaranteed Service Levels and a breach of those standards entitles the affected customer to compensation of a prescribed amount
There are a number of sources of Ausgrid’s distribution service standards which are:
Energisation and Re-energisation by agreed date with small customer
Where a small customer is entitled to energisation or re-energisation of their premises, Ausgrid must carry out that energisation or re-energisation by the end of the next business day, or by the end of the second business day if the request is made after 3pm on a business day. A business day is a normal working day, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
Where Ausgrid is entitled to de-energise a customer's premises other than at the request of a retailer or due to the customer's illegal actions, Ausgrid must give the customer a disconnection warning notice. The disconnection warning notice warns the customer that its premises will or may be de-energised and contains details relating to the de-energisation and also the applicable re-energisation procedures.
Where a small customer makes a request through their retailer, for the de-energisation of their premises, Ausgrid must de-energise the customer’s premises within 2 days of the request.
There are circumstances where Ausgrid must not de-energise a small customer's premises. These are:
- where the premises are registered with life support equipment;
- where the customer has made a complaint to Ausgrid or the Energy and Water Ombudsman (NSW) regarding de-energisation and the complaint is not resolved;
- during a 'protected period' which is:
• a business day before 8am or after 3pm; or
• a Friday or the day before a public holiday; or
• a weekend or a public holiday; or
• the days between 20 December and 31 December in any year.
Notice to Small Customers after Disconnection
Ausgrid must provide a small customer with a notice following disconnection of their premises at their retailer's request. The notice must set out the retailer's contact details and the arrangements that must be made by the small customer for the power to be reconnected.
Fault information and reporting telephone number
Ausgrid is required to maintain a 24 hour fault information and reporting telephone number. This number is 13 13 88 and the charge for calling this number is the cost of a local call.
Where Ausgrid is required to interrupt supply due to planned maintenance, repair or augmentation of the transmission or distribution system or due to a new or altered connection, Ausgrid must give at least 4 business days' notice.
Ausgrid may seek your consent to a different notice period and if you agree, the varied notice period applies instead.
Ausgrid may have to interrupt the supply of electricity to carry out unanticipated or unplanned maintenance or repairs in any case where there is an actual or apprehended threat to the safety, reliability or security of the supply (known as a unplanned interruption). In such circumstances, Ausgrid will make available by way of a 24 hour telephone service, information on the nature of the interruption and an estimate of the time when supply will be restored or when reliable information on restoration of supply will be available.
Ausgrid will provide this information within 30 minutes of the interruption or otherwise as soon as practicable. Ausgrid will use its best endeavours to restore supply as soon as possible.
The following distribution service standards are also Guaranteed Services Levels:
We must repair faulty street lights by the agreed date.
If Ausgrid does not repair faulty street light by the date agreed with customer whose premises abut the street affected by the loss of illumination, Ausgrid must pay that customer $15.00 as compensation for the loss of illumination.
We must perform connection services by the agreed date.
If Ausgrid agrees to perform a connection service under its Deemed Standard Connection Contract and does not perform that service by the date agreed with the customer, Ausgrid must pay the customer $60 for each day that elapses from the agreed date until the date Ausgrid performs the service (up to an annual maximum amount of $300).
The following GSLs are customer service standards imposed under Ausgrid's Distribution Network Service Provider’s Licence.
Ausgrid must pay claims for compensation if it exceeds certain standards in relation to the length of time that it interrupts a customer's supply of electricity and the frequency of such interruptions.
Interruption duration standard
The current Interruption Duration Standard is 12 hours for metropolitan areas and 18 hours for non-metropolitan areas. If Ausgrid exceeds the Interruption Duration Standard, a customer may make a claim to Ausgrid for a payment of $80 (inc GST). The claim must be made within three months of the interruption..
Interruption Frequency Standard
The current Interruption Frequency Standard for metropolitan areas is 4 interruptions of more than 4 hours and 4 interruptions of more than 5 hours for non-metropolitan areas. Certain interruptions arising form severe weather events and other emergency type situations are not considered interruptions.
If Ausgrid exceeds the Interruption Frequency Standard at a customer’s premises during a financial year, a customer may make a claim once a year for a payment of $80 (incl. GST). The claim must be made within three months of the end of the financial year.
The total amount payable to a customer in any financial year for claims made in relation to Ausgrid exceeding the Interruption Frequency Standard and the Interruption Duration Standard is $320 (incl. GST).
Where Ausgrid receives a claim for compensation, Ausgrid must determine the claim and notify the customer of the determination within one month. Where the claim is to be paid, the notice of determination must include the amount to be paid and the manner and timing of the payment. Where the determination is not to pay the claim, either in part or in full, the notice of determination must include the reasons for the decision.
If requested by a customer, Ausgrid will provide written information on the availability of these payments.
Please also refer to our Customer Service Standards for additional information.