A customer’s electricity bill includes charges for the cost of building, operating and maintaining the distribution network. The cost of providing smart meter services is also included. These charges account for around 36% of a typical bill in AusNet's distribution area.
Every five years, the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) reviews and approves network charges. These charges include:
Parts of AusNet’s Regulatory Proposal for the 2022-26 regulatory period were negotiated with the Customer Forum.
Read the Tariff Structure Statement in full.
Since 2017, Victoria's electricity distributors, including AusNet, have explored the future of most electricity pricing together. This teamwork helped shape AusNet’s most recent Tariff Structure Statement (TSS).
The TSS sets out information on charges. It includes the basis of AusNet’s customer charges from 1 July 2021 until 30 June 2026.
These charges have been approved by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).
Stakeholder forums ensured the network pricing structures reflected diverse perspectives.
For more detailed information about the Victorian electricity distributors’ collaborative engagement process, see all relevant material below:
AusNet‘s previous regulatory period for electricity distribution initially ran from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2020. However, the period was extended for six months. This helped with the transition of new regulatory periods to financial, not calendar, years.
The approved revenue for the regulatory period is explained in the Overview of the AER's final decision.
Information on the extension of the 2016-2020 regulatory period can be found here.
The TSS and the Annual Tariff Report for the 6 month extension to the 2016-2020 regulatory period can be found here: