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Looking for great value? Compare electricity and gas plans

Our online comparison tool offers one of the quickest and easiest ways to review your options and help search for a cheaper energy deal.

When you use our service, you can compare any discounts (or any perks) available from a range of energy providers (also known as retailers) and your estimated monthly, quarterly or yearly energy cost. We’ll show you the information you need to help you make an informed choice for your household.

Simply put, we take the anxiety out of searching for a cheaper energy provider.

Here’s why you should compare electricity and gas:

  • take advantage of a better plan. Your current energy plan may feature discounts or lower usage rates. However, when your plan’s contract or benefit period ends (e.g. after 12 months), so too could these perks;
  • see if there’s a better price available. Your bill is comprised of both a supply charge and usage charges – both of which vary from provider to provider. Shop around to see if a different provider offers more competitive charges; and
  • review a range of plan discounts. A discount can be the path to a cheaper energy bill, but a short-term windfall may result in long-term pain if you don’t stick to the conditions of your contract (e.g. paying on time).

To benefit from a change, we recommend you compare electricity and gas (energy) plans often; at least once a year.

Why compare electricity & gas plans with us?

A great place to compare

Save time while you look for a better deal. Easily compare plans from some of the biggest energy retailers in Australia - all in one place. Learn more

Supported by our team

Our call centre is open seven days per week and is staffed by specialists who are ready to help you get connected when the time is right. If you don’t feel like chatting, we can help you online instead.

From beginning to end

Comparing is easy and so is the rest of your purchase! We’ve made it simple to review and buy energy plans through our service.

At no cost to you

Our comparison service is 100% free to use. We receive a commission from energy companies, but you pay nothing. Learn more

Learn about the benefits of comparing energy plans

What happens when I switch?

Relax; you won’t be left in ‘energy limbo’! As of 1 October 2021, electricity transfers no longer take up to 90 days as they did in the past. Instead, transfers can now occur within two business days in the future or retrospectively up to 65 days in the past, subject to eligibility. Future transfers may be based on an estimated read. However, there are a few more things you need to know.

Compare gas rates

According to the Energy.gov.au, natural gas served just over a quarter (26%) of our energy needs in 2018-19: a cheaper, better way to run certain household appliances. If that sounds appealing, let us show you how to shop around for the right plan (and possibly save on future bills).

Moving house

Most energy providers will ensure the power is connected when you arrive at your new home; provided you give at least three business days’ notice. Also, when you’re moving house, you should watch out for early cancellation fees and connection fees which might apply.

What is energy deregulation?

Deregulation removes the government’s control of the retail energy market (i.e. they no longer set the price of electricity and gas). Several states have deregulated energy markets, while others are either regulated fully or in part.

Which provider should I pick?

When reviewing your energy plan, search for brands with a history of great customer service and fantastic products. We take a closer look at some of the biggest names in the energy industry; such as Origin, AGL, Energy Australia and more.

How to read your bill

Pay attention to the peak and off-peak rates (i.e. busy and less busy time of day to consume power), any applicable tariffs, and service fees. Understanding these charges will help you break down the costs of your next power bill.

More information about energy in Australia

How do you compare electricity and gas plans?

To compare electricity and gas plans with ease, simply enter a few details into our free comparison tool. We’ll ask a few questions, like:

  • are you after electricity, gas or a combined plan;
  • is the plan for your home or business;
  • what is your home or business’ postcode or suburb; and
  • do you have solar power, or are you considering solar panels?

We’ll also ask you a few details to help you look for great-value plans in minutes. Keep in mind that you may live in an area where you can’t choose your own energy plan – or you have limited options available. Find out more about whether you can switch providers below.

To track down a cheaper electricity and gas plan, you’ll also need to understand more about your energy bill. That’s why our service helps you compare energy plans, including the:

  • benefit period (e.g. your bill may include a discount for 12-24 months)
  • applicable discounts and other perks (e.g. tickets to games)
  • daily supply (cents per day)
  • usage charges (cents per kilowatt-hours – or c/kWh)
  • fees
  • estimated monthly, quarterly or annual energy costs.

What’s the best energy plan available?

What’s considered the best energy plan will vary from household to household. 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. Not as simple as it sounds!

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.

That is as simple as it sounds!

What’s the average electricity price in Australia?

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:

Please note: If you live in regional Queensland, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia, you are limited or unable to choose an electricity provider on our site. See why.

It’s easy to compare electricity and gas plans with us!

Electricity providers in Australia

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.

Keep in mind 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:

  • 1st Energy
  • ActewAGL
  • AGL
  • Alinta Energy
  • amaysim Energy
  • Blue NRG Pty Ltd
  • Bright Spark Power
  • Click Energy
  • Commander Power & Gas
  • CovaU
  • Diamond Energy
  • Diamond Energy Pty Ltd
  • Discover Energy
  • Dodo Power & Gas
  • Electricity in a Box
  • Elysian Energy
  • Energy Locals
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Enova Energy
  • Future X Power
  • Globird Energy
  • Glow Power
  • Kogan Energy
  • Locality Planning Energy
  • Lumo Energy
  • Lumo Energy (SA)
  • Metered Energy Holdings Pty Ltd
  • Mojo Power
  • Momentum Energy
  • Nectr
  • Origin Energy
  • OVO Energy
  • People Energy
  • Powerclub
  • Powerdirect
  • Powershop
  • Powershop Australia
  • QEnergy Limited
  • ReAmped Energy
  • Red Energy
  • Simply Energy
  • Sumo
  • Tango Energy

The provider list above is based on the following postcodes: 2000, 2250, 2300, 2600, 3000, 3220, 4000, 4217, 4558 and 5000. This list is accurate as of 14 January 2021. We sourced our data 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.

Compare electricity plans using our simple online tool.

Looking for dual fuel? See these Australian electricity and gas providers

Some energy providers may offer gas and electricity together (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.

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.

Providers that offer both electricity and gas
1st EnergyYes
Alinta EnergyYesYesYesYes
amaysim EnergyYesYes
Click EnergyYesYes
Discover EnergyYes
Dodo Power & GasYesYes
GloBird EnergyYesYesYesYes
Kogan EnergyYes
Lumo EnergyYesYes
Momentum EnergyYes
Origin EnergyYesYesYesYesYes
Powershop AustraliaYes
Red EnergyYesYesYesYesYes
Simply EnergyYesYesYes
Aurora Energy also offers electricity and gas in Tasmania, and Synergy offers electricity and gas in Western Australia.

 The information provided above is based on the following postcodes: 2000, 2250, 2300, 2600, 3000, 3220, 4000, 4217, 4558 and 5000. This information is accurate as of 14 January 2021 and is subject to change. 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.


Using our online tool, you can compare gas and electricity plans.

What are the benefits of purchasing your electricity and gas bill plan from one provider?

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.

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You can review a range of energy plans using our online tool to compare electricity and gas plans.

Concerned about switching energy providers or losing power?

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 or meters), meaning the quality and reliability of your supply remains the same.

Remember: while your actual electricity supply is the same regardless of your provider, most providers will have different pricing, levels of customer service and terms of use. That’s why comparing your options puts the power back in your hands.

Frequently asked questions

Can I switch energy providers?

You can typically compare energy plans for your postcode if you live in south-east Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), South Australia or Victoria.

If you live outside of these areas, your state or territory government will set prices for your electricity instead of a provider (also known as a retailer). Or, you may have little choice in your plan options between providers (like in NT and Tasmania). As such, our service doesn’t feature plans in these areas.

However, we may 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 power usage to compare electricity and gas plans to search for great value.

What’s the difference between supply charges and usage charges?

A supply charge (also called a fixed or service charge) is the cost to transport energy to your property and stay connected to the network. The usage charge is the price your provider (often called the retailer) charges you for the energy you use.

Energy distributors (who provide you with your electricity via power poles etc.) charge the providers for electricity supply. Providers (retailers) then determine what the supply charge and usage charges will be and apply that to your energy plan.

Using our online comparison service, you can compare electricity and gas plans from a range of providers.

Should I be looking for the biggest discount or cheapest energy rates?

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, take into consideration the whole plan; this includes its usage and supply charges in conjunction with its discount and any other perks the provider may offer. 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).

In addition to discounts, you should (a) look up reviews to see which providers have the best customer service, and (b) 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.

Use our online tool to compare electricity and gas options.

What are controlled load, peak and off-peak tariffs?

Tariffs are the way your energy provider charges you for your electricity. Specifically, controlled load tariffs are used 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 retailer 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 different 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.

Can I get a seniors or other concession for my electricity and gas?

Different states and territories offer energy concessions for cardholders. These concessions can help reduce the amount you pay for your electricity and gas. Find out more about energy concessions.

Can I get a solar rebate?

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 cost of purchasing a solar panel. Find out more about the solar rebate.

What is a solar feed-in tariff?

Your state or territory government or certain energy providers may pay you for any unused 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.

Do we offer renewable energy plans?

Some providers on our service may automatically offer plans that feature a portion of renewable energy. For example, you may spot 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.

Don’t forget: the types of plans that are available to you will depend on your postcode.

What are the different sources of electricity?

Wondering where your electricity supply comes from? Or, are you considering if you could turn to other alternatives, like solar or hydro? Read more about sources of electricity.

If I purchase an energy plan, am I eligible to join Meerkat Mondays?

No, energy plans (i.e. electricity and gas plans) are not Eligible Purchases for Meerkat Mondays.

Brett Mifsud, General Manager

Meet our energy expert, Brett Mifsud

As the General Manager of Utilities at Compare the Market, Brett Mifsud is our resident expert in energy. He believes in educating Australian customers about the everchanging gas and electricity market so they can get the most out of their energy plans.

With more than 10 years of experience in the energy sector across energy exploration, production and sales, Brett hopes to change the energy landscape in Australia through comparison services. He holds a Master of Business Process Management from QUT and has led operational and project teams in the energy industry to deliver transformative change across sales, customer service, marketing and energy meter reading and billing. Brett also guest lectures at The University of Queensland.

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