What to do if your electricity is disconnected
Getting disconnected can be extremely stressful and a major disruption in your daily life.
In order to get your supply reconnected you should contact your retailer immediately to discuss the reason for disconnection and what is required to reconnect your supply.
Our guide explains the access requirements for reconnection and the time frame in which an agreed reconnection must be carried out by the distributor.
Even if you have spoken to your retailer prior to the disconnection, you must contact them again to discuss what is now required to enable reconnection.
If you have been disconnected because you have not paid your bill, you will usually have to pay something towards your account or agree to a payment arrangement before the retailer will reconnect you.
The retailer may charge you additional fees associated with reconnecting your supply.
You may also be asked to pay a security deposit if you have a history of non-payment.
You can discuss payment arrangements and hardship programs with your retailer if you are having trouble paying your bills.
To avoid any additional stress, inconvenience and fees, you should speak to your retailer about any financial difficulties and payment arrangements as soon as you find yourself struggling to pay your bill and before disconnection occurs.
Before you contact your retailer, you should consider:
- An amount that you can afford to pay immediately, no matter how big or small.
- An amount that you are able to pay at a later date, and the date you will be able to pay it?
- A regular amount that you will be able to pay as part of a payment arrangement.
- The frequency of payments you can manage.
If you agree to a payment arrangement in order to have your electricity reconnected, it is important that you can afford to maintain the payment arrangement. If you miss any payments, the arrangement will be broken and you may again face disconnection.
If your retailer has agreed to reconnect you before 4pm on a business day, they must arrange reconnection:
- In Adelaide central/metropolitan area - on the day of the request.
- In any other areas - on the day of request if possible, or by the end of the next business day.
If the request is made after 4pm but before 9pm on a business day:
- In Adelaide central/metropolitan area - on the day of the request if you pay any reasonable charge determined by the retailer or the distributor.
- In remote/rural areas - on the day of request if possible, and if you pay any reasonable charge determined by the retailer or the distributor.
- Or by the end of the next business day (with no after-hours connection fee applied).
If the request is made on or after 9pm on a business day, the reconnection must occur by the end of the next business day.
Reconnections are carried out by the distributor any time up until midnight on the day specified.
If your meter or the main switch for your electricity supply is not accessible to the distributor, you will need to ensure that you remain at the property to provide access until the reconnection occurs.
If you are not at the property to provide access when the distributor attends to reconnect and for this reason the reconnection attempt fails, you must contact your retailer the next day and again apply for reconnection.
An additional fee may be applicable.
You may believe that you have been wrongfully disconnected.
If this is the case, you may be entitled to some form of compensation from your retailer or distributor if you were disconnected when they:
- Were not entitled to do so under legislation or under your contract.
- Failed to comply with the procedures required for disconnection.
- Disconnected the wrong premises.
- Did not provide a disconnection warning.
If you believe you have been wrongfully disconnected, you should contact your retailer or distributor to make a compensation claim.