By comparing your electricity and gas plans at least once a year, you could make sure you’re not paying more than you need to for energy. Make an informed choice for your household’s energy usage by comparing energy providers (retailers) and options with our service. Review and compare discounts or perks available and look at your estimated monthly, quarterly or yearly energy cost.
Simply put, comparing your options can help you to find a cheaper energy provider and energy plan.
The benefits of comparing your energy options:
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To compare electricity and gas plans with ease, simply enter your details into our free comparison tool, like:
We’ll also ask you a few details to help you look for great-value plans in minutes. If you live in an area where you can’t choose your own energy plan, you may have limited options available. Find out more about whether you can switch providers below.
To track down a cheaper electricity and gas plan, there are certain energy plan features you should consider, including:
What’s considered the best energy plan will vary between households or small businesses. However, the most suitable plan is one that matches your energy needs, offers attractive contract terms (e.g. discounts and other perks) and is cost-effective.
We aim to make your search for the best energy plan easier. By using our helpful online tool to compare electricity and gas plans, you’ll be able to compare a range of energy plans to see if you can find great value for your needs.
The average electricity cost in Australia varies substantially, depending on which state or territory you live.
To learn more about how much electricity might cost you, please select our state and territory pages for more in-depth information:
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We compare several of the most reputable electricity providers in Australia. Depending on your location and our service’s plan availability, you can compare electricity plans from some of the providers listed below.
Remember that we don’t compare energy products from all providers on this list as we do not compare all brands in the market, or all products offered by all brands. Information about the partners we currently compare is available here.
Australian electricity providers:
Accurate as of 20 October 2021. Data sourced from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria. We don’t compare all providers in the market, and therefore don’t compare all providers listed above. Learn more about the partners we compare.
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Some energy providers may offer gas and electricity (sometimes called dual fuel plans) and offer an added incentive to sign up both to the one provider. However, some only offer the two products separately, so it’s best to shop around if you have both electricity and natural gas at your property. Refer to the energy provider list below to understand which providers offer both electricity and gas. Even if the same provider offers both gas and electricity, you’ll receive a separate bill for each.
You may be able to compare plans from some of these providers, depending on where you live and the availability in your area. Please note that we don’t compare energy products from all providers on this list as we do not compare all brands in the market, or all products offered by all brands. Information about the partners we currently compare is available here.
|Electricity and Gas Retailers||States|
|ActewAGL||Australian Capital Territory|
|AGL||New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria|
|Alinta Energy||New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria|
|CovaU||New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria|
|Discover Energy||Queensland, South Australia and Victoria|
|Dodo Power & Gas||New South Wales and Victoria|
|EnergyAustralia||New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and Victoria|
|Globird Energy||New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria|
|Origin Energy||New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria|
|Powershop||New South Wales and Victoria|
|Red Energy||New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria|
|Simply Energy||New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria|
|Sumo||New South Wales and Victoria|
* The information provided above is accurate as of 25 October 2021. Data sourced from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria.
Using our online tool, you can compare gas and electricity plans.
If you’re able to purchase your gas and electricity with one provider, you may receive a further discount. However, by shopping around to compare separate electricity and gas plans, you’ll ensure you find a price point that you’re comfortable paying – regardless of the brand.
You can review a range of energy plans using our online tool to compare electricity and gas.
Don’t fret! When switching energy providers, we’ll transfer your existing account from your current provider to your new one without any disruption to your service. No physical changes are made (such as cabling, pipes or meters), meaning the quality and reliability of your supply remains the same.
Electricity transfers can occur within two business days.
Some providers allow you to backdate your new electricity plan to your last meter reading, meaning you could pay the lower price of your new plan for electricity you’ve already used. If you have a traditional basic meter, which is read quarterly, this could be up to 65 business days in the past. If you have a smart meter, this could be up to 10 business days in the past. These retrospective transfers aren’t an option with all electricity providers, so always check before switching.
For gas, it can still take up to three months to switch to a new plan, but there will be no interruption to your supply.
You can typically compare energy plans for your postcode if you live in South East Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia or Victoria. You may have little choice in your plan options between providers in the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
If you live outside of these areas, your state or territory government will set prices for your electricity instead of a provider. Our service doesn’t feature plans in these areas.
Please note that we offer gas plans in some areas in regional Queensland and Western Australia.
To check if switching energy providers is an option for you, use our electricity and gas comparison service. Just enter a few details about your property and energy usage to compare electricity and gas plans to search for great value.
A supply charge (also called a fixed or service charge) is the cost of transporting energy to your property and staying connected to the network. The usage charge is the price your provider charges you for the energy you use.
Energy distributors (who provide you with your electricity or gas via power poles, pipes etc.) charge the providers for electricity and gas supply. Providers then determine the supply and usage charges and apply them to your energy plan.
Using our online comparison service, you can compare electricity and gas plans from various providers.
Pricing is one of the key differentiators between choosing one energy plan over another. That said, looking at just one feature (like a discount) may not be the answer to finding the cheapest energy deal available that is most suitable to your needs.
To determine the best-value plan for your household, consider the whole plan. This includes its usage and supply charges, discounts and other perks. Carefully checking the latter is especially important, as providers may only offer discounts and other benefits for a period (e.g. 12 months), or only if you meet their conditions (e.g. pay by direct debit or eBills).
You should also look up reviews to see which providers have the best customer service and compare contract terms, exit fees, usage charges and market offers (energy plans with discounts or other perks). You can find a lot of this detail in our comparison service when you complete a quote.
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Tariffs are the way your energy provider charges you for your electricity. Specifically, you can use controlled load tariffs for certain appliances that often use a lot of energy – like underfloor heating or electric hot water systems.
If you have a controlled load tariff for particular appliances, your provider charges a specific rate for the energy that appliance uses. These appliances may have their own meter. Learn more about controlled load tariffs.
Peak and off-peak tariffs are also known as time-of-use tariffs. Time-of-use means your electricity usage is more expensive or cheaper at different times of the day and night, or during other times of the year such as Summer or Winter. These times are known as peak, off-peak and (in some states) shoulder periods. Find out more about peak and off-peak tariffs.
Season tariffs are those which charge different rates for gas, depending on the time of the year. In most cases, rates are higher in Winter months, when gas usage is higher.
Block tariffs charge you different prices based on how much electricity or gas you use. For example, you may be charged a specific price for the first amount of electricity or gas you use. When you exceed this amount (or block), you’d then be charged a new rate. Block tariffs are common for most gas plans.
If you install solar panels at your home or business, you may be able to receive a rebate from the government if you’re eligible. This rebate will help subsidise the solar panels. Find out more about the solar rebate.
Your state or territory government or certain energy providers may credit your energy bill for any solar energy you feed back into the supply grid. This payment is known as a solar feed-in tariff. Find out more about how solar feed-in tariffs work.
Some providers on our service may automatically offer plans that feature a portion of renewable energy or contribute to lowering emissions on your behalf. You may also find a plan that offers 10% GreenPower as standard (GreenPower is an Australian Government-accredited renewable energy program). Other providers may require you to sign up for these renewable energy programs at an extra cost so they can make your plan carbon neutral (by neutralising the carbon emissions caused by your energy usage).
Don’t forget: the types of plans available to you will vary between providers and your property.
1The Hon Angus Taylor MP – ‘2021 Australian energy statistics’ – Accessed 07/12/2021