We are looking at how to ensure faster and more transparent electricity connections at new Victorian housing developments.

How this affects you

In December 2020, we received proposed new standards in customer service from electricity distribution businesses. We are now consulting with stakeholders to get their views on those standards.

Feedback on customer service standards

We invited feedback on whether:

  • the distribution businesses gave you an opportunity to meaningfully engage with them on their standards for customer service
  • the standards tackle the issues that are important to you
  • you think the reporting framework for performance will help achieve more timely electricity connections.

Consultation closed on 9 February 2021.

Have your say

Submissions have now closed.

What we've done so far

We released an issues paper in June 2020 proposing ways to improve how distributors manage the electricity connections they negotiate with developers. We held an online public forum while the issues paper was open for consultation. Stakeholders told us that they wanted a regulatory approach to help distribution businesses focus on timely electricity connections.

We released our decision paper on timely electricity connections in October 2020. Our decision required distribution businesses to consult with stakeholders to develop customer service standards. The objectives of these customer service standards were to:

  • establish effective working relationships between distribution businesses and developers
  • resolve issues that cause delays
  • make distribution businesses accountable for the timing of connections that are negotiated with developers
  • make the process and timeframes of connections transparent.

In December 2020, we received each distribution business’ standards in customer service. If we are satisfied with a business' proposed standards, we will direct the business to report to us on their performance using their standards. The customer service standards will take effect from March 2021.

What we are doing now

We are consulting with stakeholders to get their views on the customer service standards that have been created. We also want to hear from stakeholders about how the distribution businesses engaged with them and whether that engagement was effective.

What we will do next

We will assess each distribution business’ standards for customer service and consider stakeholders’ feedback on those standards. Your feedback may lead to amendments to a business’ standards.

Collection notice

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About us

The Essential Services Commission is an independent regulator that promotes the long-term interests of Victorian consumers with respect to the price, quality and reliability of essential services. We regulate Victoria’s energy, water and transport sectors, and administer the local government Fair Go Rates system.