Property owners requesting new connections
Need the energy supply connected at your newly-built home? Find answers to common questions
How to request a new energy supply or meter
To get the power switched on at your newly-built home, the quickest way is to use our online new connection request form. Exactly what you need to do depends on what state you’re in, and whether you need electricity, natural gas, or both.
For full instructions on how to apply for a new energy connection, head to our New connections page.
Who do I contact if there’s an emergency?
You should always call 000 straight away if there’s an emergency – like if you smell a gas leak, or if there’s any risk to someone’s life or property (you can find more details on our emergencies and outages page).
If your power or gas goes out, or there’s a fault, contacting your distributor is usually the best place to start. If there’s an outage, they’ll usually be able to tell you when your power or gas should be back up and running.
How can I find out if there’s supply at the site?
If you’re not sure whether there’s an electricity supply at the site, you can check with your distributor. And if you have any questions about natural gas supply, we’ll be happy to help out – just give us a call on 1300 132 480 (we’re available weekdays 8 am – 5 pm AEST).
How much will installation cost?
There are a couple of things that’ll affect the cost of installation, including the state you live in and the distributor in your area. We’ll also let you know what the fees will be when you apply. For more on the fees related to meter installations, alterations and abolishment, see our latest fees table (PDF 199 KB).
How do I arrange LPG at the site?
There are a range of LPG solutions that you can choose form. To set up an account, or to order an LPG cylinder using your existing account number, just head to Origin LPG.
I didn’t apply for electricity in time. What should I do?
You’ll need to get your electrical paperwork submitted as soon as you can, and make sure there’s clear access to the electricity meter box. We can let the meter provider and/or your distributor know the connection’s urgent – but keep in mind, they’re booked weeks in advance, so there’s no real way to fast track the process.
I didn’t apply for a gas service line on time. What should I do?
You’ll need to fill in the online gas application form. as soon as you can, and make sure the site is at lock-up, completely clean and free of debris. Then, give us a call on 1300 132 480 to let us know when the handover is scheduled to happen – we can let the distributor know the connection’s urgent, but keep in mind they’re booked weeks in advance, so there’s no real way to fast track the process.
Is there anything I can do to speed up the process?
Timeframes are set by the meter provider and/or the distributor, and can depend on things like weather and the complexity of your job. But to avoid hold ups, it’s a good idea to submit your forms early in the construction process, and make sure they’re filled out correctly.
You should also check that the site is clear and ready, and that the account’s in your name when your builder submits the initial ‘Request for a new energy account’ form. You’ll find all the forms you need at our New connections page – just click on your state tab first.
What’s a truck appointment?
Sometimes, a network field crew will need to go to the site along with the electrical contractor to perform works that couldn’t be done otherwise. For example, they may need to disconnect an overhead supply, or connect a new underground connection. The appointment date and time will be pre-booked.
Standard works like solar metering or new connections don’t need a truck appointment – unless there’s something non-standard that needs to be done as well.
How do I read an electricity or natural gas bill?
You can find information about reading your electricity or gas bill here.
How do I read a non-energy bill?
A non-energy bill is an invoice from us that includes any one-off charges – this could be something like abolishing a meter or altering a supply.
Reading the bill:
- Account number
This is your unique number for each gas and electricity account you have with us – you’ll need it whenever you get in touch with us about your account.
- New charges
This is the amount you’ll need to pay.
This gives you an overview of the charge, the address where the works will take place, and what it’s for.
What are the network charges?
Network charges depend on where you live in and the distributor in your area. See our latest fees table (PDF 199 KB) for more information.
Why do I have an Estimated Bill?
Sometimes, we have issues accessing the meter and we have to base your bill on an estimate instead of your actual usage. We’ll take a few factors into account and estimate of the energy you’ve used at your site. Normally, this happens because of something blocking the meter like a locked gate.
We’ll try to get an actual meter read for your next bill, and make any necessary adjustments. So if you’ve used less than we estimated, we’ll make sure that’s deducted from your next bill. And vice versa if you’ve used more than we estimated.
Are the timeframes the same for a block of units, high rise development or multi dwelling complex?
Generally no – these jobs usually take longer. This is because appointments are needed and there’s more than one property at the site.
Why do I have to wait for my first bill to get a better offer?
Your meter tells us everything we need to know about how you’re using electricity and natural gas – and how you’re charged. So until it’s connected, we can’t work out what your charges are, or what offers you’re eligible for. But if you call us when your first bill arrives, we’ll be able to recommend the offer that’s going to work best for you.
You can also see our latest offers and sign up online. It only takes a few minutes.