The major cost you have in getting connected are the electrical professionals you engage to build your connection, see 'Getting the work done'. But you will also have to pay some fees to Ausgrid to get connected, and there is an ongoing charge for being connected to the network.
The Connection Application Price Guide FY21 provides an overview of our connection application costs.
Our connection policy follows the requirements set out in Chapters 5A and 6 of the National Electricity Rules and the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) National Electricity Connection Charge Guideline available at AER’s website.
Ausgrid may need to do work to ensure your connection is safe, reliable and secure. We’ll charge you a fee for these services, which will be set out in your connection contract,offer correspondence or design contract.
You may be charged:
For more information see Model Standing Offers.
Once connected to the Ausgrid network you pay your electricity retailer for ongoing access to the network and the electricity you use.
The bill from your electricity retailer includes an amount to cover ‘network tariffs’. A network tariff is an amount Ausgrid charges an electricity retailer to pay for the cost of operating and maintaining our distribution network so it is safe and reliable. It’s up to your electricity retailer to decide how to incorporate network tariffs into your electricity bill.
We update network tariffs each year and the regulator, the AER, must approve them. Check current tariffs.
|Is your property in our network area?|
|Getting the work done|
|Price lists and policy|
|Model Standing Offers|
|Other connection contracts|
|Australian Energy Regulator|
|National Retail Energy Rules|