This charter outlines what you can expect as our customer. It’s also a benchmark against which we measure our service to you.
Here’s what you can expect from us. Our easy to use online service at and online at www.discoverenergy.com.au contains all the relevant information and functions for managing your energy needs. You can speak with an energy consultant by calling our customer service team on 1300 946 898 between 9am and 5:30pm EST business days. We will answer your calls promptly and we also provide some self-service options by phone. We will respond to written enquiries within 5 business days allowing for delivery and 2-3 days for online enquiries. If you have visual or hearing disabilities, let us know so we can give you assistance with account or billing enquiries. You will need to tell us if you have any life support or critical power requirements.
You can also contact the Ombudsman at any time for free independent advice and information. See below for details.
Mail: Reply Paid 86550, Sydney South NSW 1234
Phone: 1800 246 545 Fax: 1800 812 291
Mail: PO 3640, South Brisbane BC, QLD 4101
Phone: 1800 662 837 Fax: (07) 3087 9477
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Mail: GPO Box 2947, Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 1800 665 565 Fax: 1800 665 165
You have a choice of Energy Plans
Your Energy Plan represents a contract with us. You can choose either a Market Contract or a Standard Retail Contract. A Market Contract offer will specify any special discounts and incentives, as well as outlining prices, fees and charges and may include an Early Termination Fee. Under a Market Contract, you may be offered an Energy Plan with either variable or fixed rates. Variable rates can change at any time during your Energy Plan, with written notice to you. Fixed rates will not change for the duration of your current Energy Plan Period. If you choose a Standard Retail Contract, the terms are subject to regulatory oversight and variations to prices are published on our website and in major newspapers. A 10 Business Day Cooling-off Period applies to both contract types. If you move into a property without contacting a Retailer to set up an account you will be deemed, under regulations, to have a contract with the current Retailer responsible for that property.
We’re your energy Retailer
As your energy Retailer, we are responsible for arranging the connection of electricity to your property, sending you bills and looking after your energy needs. If you live in NSW, Queensland or South Australia, we are also responsible for appointing a Metering Service Provider to install and maintain your electricity Meter.
We can also offer you a range of services, including access to tradespeople, energy efficiency advice and solar solutions. An energy Retailer is different to a Distributor. Your Distributor, who is independent of Discover Energy, owns and is responsible for the electricity poles and wires in your area. They’re also responsible for distributing the energy to your property. Because of this, your Distributor will remain the same regardless of which Retailer you sign up with. Distributors are also responsible for performing many of the services you can request through your Retailer, including reading your Meter (if you have a non-digital Meter), and restoring network faults. Go to discoverenergy.com.au/distributors to check who your Distributor is. This information is also listed on your bill.
Connecting your property and installing a new Meter
When you sign up for a new account with Discover Energy at your current property, we need to read your Meter to establish your new Discover Energy account. If there is no clear and safe access to the Meter, let us know so that we can make alternative arrangements to obtain the Meter Reading. Where you need a new electricity meter to be installed, we will work with Distributor or Meter Service Provider to determine the availability of supply and get a new Meter installed.
Your bills will be clear and easy to read
If you’re a residential or small business customer, we will send you a bill at least every 3 months. Alternatively, we can agree to a different billing frequency with you, such as monthly billing.
Your bill will show how much energy you’ve used based on an actual Meter Reading whenever possible. When we cannot obtain an actual Meter Read, your bill will be based on an estimate of your energy usage. If there is no clear and safe access to the Meter, let us know so that we can look at alternative arrangements for your Meter Readings. If your bill is higher or lower than expected, call us and we’ll explore why. If we need to investigate further, we’ll do so as quickly as possible. All fees will be clearly set out in your Energy Plan and clearly displayed on your bill. We’ll let you know of any changes to these. In the unlikely event that you are overcharged, we’ll let you know and make sure you are reimbursed. If we’ve undercharged you, subject to regulatory limitations, we may recover that amount from you with a reasonable payment plan that we will agree with you.
You have a choice of convenient ways to pay
We offer a range of convenient bill payment methods including Direct Debit, BPAY and Credit Card. All options are listed on the back of your bill. If you’re a residential or small business customer, you also have the option of Bill Smoothing to help spread the cost of your energy bills across equal instalments.
If you are having difficulty paying.
we can help We offer flexible payment options and energy efficiency advice to help you get back on track. If you are a residential customer experiencing ongoing financial difficulties, our Hardship Program, can also support you.
What happens if you don’t pay a bill?
If you don’t pay your bill by the due date and haven’t made alternative arrangements with us, we may, as a last resort, disconnect your energy supply. We will contact you beforehand, but request you please contact us if at any time you are unable to make payment.
Disconnecting and reconnecting your Meter
Under certain circumstances, Discover Energy reserves the right to disconnect your supply. These include if you don’t allow us safe access to your Meter or Supply Address (and we have made all required efforts to contact you);
If you have sourced energy illegally; if you are in breach of your energy contract or any Regulatory Requirements; or if you do not provide the acceptable identification required by your contract.
If you are a residential or small business customer and you have been disconnected, we will lodge a request for reconnection of your energy supply within 24 hours of your request once you have fixed the problems leading to your disconnection and have paid (or made arrangements to pay) any outstanding amounts.
We’ll help make moving a little easier
We understand that moving can be stressful and there’s always so much to do. With Discover Energy Move-in Guarantee, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing the power will be on at your new home the day you move in. Simply visit discoverenergy.com.au/move or call us on 1300 946 898 between 9am and 5:30pm EST Monday to Friday, at least three business day before your scheduled move date to arrange connection. If you are in a regional area, please contact us at least 10 Business Days before your move. We may also need you to arrange safe and clear access to the electricity Meter to complete the connection. We’ll keep you up to date on this process via SMS updates, and arrange for a final Meter Read and a bill for your former property to be sent to you. Eligibility criteria applies to the Move-in Guarantee, including the notice periods listed above and safe access to your electricity Meter. Customer credits for late connection are available. Visit our website or call us for more details.
We can help you find ways to be more energy efficient
We can offer a number of ways to help you manage your energy, including energy audits, and energy efficiency tips, visit discoveryenergy.com.au/energyefficiency to find out more.