Commander Electricity offers generous discounts off your usual power (it comes from the same supply) when you pay on time. Plus, you get no lock-in contract and no exit fees. The power is in your hands.
Your National Meter Identifier (NMI) is a unique number that is assigned to each premise and links your electricity meter with your premise. All energy retailers must include the NMI on their electricity bill.
For electricity, the service to property charge may cover part of the provision and maintenance of the meters, poles, wires and billing and some retail operating costs. It is applicable to each electricity account.
A market contract is a contract negotiated between you and a retailer. Unlike deemed or standing offer contracts, the Essential Services Commission does not oversee the terms and conditions, and the prices do not have to be published by the retailer. Market contracts may have a fixed term (generally between one and three years).
Standing Offer Contract
This is a contract where the contract terms are approved by the Essential Services Commission and at prices that are periodically published by each retailer and are available on their websites. Standing Offer contracts must be offered to you by the retailer who is Financially Responsible for the energy supplied to the meter, where you do not want to have a Market contract with a retailer of your choice.
If you do not know who is responsible is for your meter, you can call your distributor, who is able to determine which retailer is responsible.
This is the type of contract you will be on if move into a premises, start consuming energy, and do not enter into a specific contract with a retailer. A deemed contract will be between you and the retailer who is Financially Responsible for the meter at the premise.
Deemed and Standing Contracts have Terms and Conditions that are approved by the Essential Services Commission and prices that are periodically published by each retailer and are available on their websites.
Dual Fuel Contract
Dual fuel contracts are a special type of market contract where you buy your electricity from one retailer and your billing cycles for electricity are synchronised. Commander Power & Gas does not offer dual fuel contracts.
Non-Energy Charges cover other costs relating to the supply of electricity. We pay these charges on your behalf.
These costs include the physical "delivery" of electricity to your premises - often referred to as the Network Tariff. All Non-Energy Charges are either imposed by, or are controlled and regulated by government, a regulator, or network distributor.
Your energy charges are the charges for the actual electricity that you consume.
A distributor is responsible for maintaining and operating your electricity poles and wiring within a specific geographical location. Because of this, you are unable to change your distributor unless you move to another area.
When you change retailers, your electricity supply will still be delivered via your current distributor's electricity poles and wires. Because it is the distributor who is responsible for the quality of your supply, the quality won’t change.
What are loss factors?
Electricity is lost in the course of transmission from the generator to your site. In simple terms, the further electricity has to travel from a generator, along transmission and distribution lines to your site, the more electricity needs to be transmitted to compensate for this loss.
The calculation that determines how much customers pay for this are called loss factors. Loss factors for your geographical area remain the same regardless of which retailer you choose.
No. You will not have to install a new meter, even if you change retailer.
Visit the Meter Data Provision Requests page for detailed information.
For customers in New South Wales and South Australia
At Commander we can complete a meter exchange or upgrade, though we don’t complete new meter installations at new sites.
When you have a meter exchanged there are physical changes at your property which can cause an interruption in your energy supply. Generally, changes are complete within an hour for simple exchanges.
All replacement meters will be interval “smart” meters, which’ll record your usage every 30 minutes and generally provide that information to Commander daily.
Benefits of having a smart meter
- More accurate meter reads; reducing the potential for estimated usage reads
- More detailed information; you’ll have access to information which can help understand when you’re using electricity during the day so you can manage your energy use at home
- More options; you can change the way you’re billed to an alternative (available) tariff, so you can decide to use appliances like dryers and dishwashers at off peak times, when the cost of energy is cheaper
Reasons your meter might need to be exchanged
There are triggers that require your meter to be exchanged, such as your meter reaching its end of life, because of a fault, or if you install a solar system.
Your meter provider will contact us if your meter is not working correctly and needs to be replaced.
We’ll contact our preferred metering coordinator and ask them to replace your meter at no cost to you. Commander, or our metering coordinator, will contact you to arrange an appointment or within 15 business days have the work to be completed of receiving appropriate notification.
If you have an older site which no longer meets the current safety requirements, or there needs to be work carried out before the meter can be installed, we or the metering technician will advise you of the concern and ask you engage an electrician to carry out rectification works.
Important: If a meter is found to be faulty and/or not providing accurate readings, if required, your previous reads will be revised and adjusted for the difference. The meter provider will undertake this and provide the adjusted reads to us to reissue your bills.
When you install a solar system or go from a single phase to three phase supply, you generally require a meter upgrade. Your solar installer or electrician will advise you if you need to be upgraded.
You or your solar installer/electrician will need to send in a work request form to us, which your solar installer/electrician will have access to. If the paperwork has all the required information supplied, we’ll start your meter exchange process.
Important: The submission of the work request will be deemed as receiving consent.
If there are changes required to your original request we’ll let you know so you can reconfirm your consent for the upgrade to proceed.
You’ll be contacted by Commander or directly from your distributor to schedule the meter exchange within 15 business days of receiving your consent for the meter upgrade, or on a date outside this timeframe if you require it.
Important: If we’re unable to make an appointment with you, we’ll replace the meter within 15 business days of receiving your consent. You’ll receive a “Planned Interruption Notice” from us or our metering coordinator with a minimum of four (4) business days’ notice of the scheduled exchange date.
If one of the below occur, the above timeframes won’t apply, and we’ll inform you directly that there’s been an issue:
- You haven’t entered into an agreement with us for the meter to be installed;
- The meter at your property is not accessible, safe, or ready for the meter to be exchanged;
- Installing the meter requires interrupting supply to another property;
- You haven’t met the conditions that are required of you under your connection contract with your distributor;
- You've entered into an aggregated agreement with us that says the timeframes don't apply;
- Augmentation is required for the purposes of the connection alteration and has not been completed; or
- The meter is part of a retailer planned meter deployment or for a new connection.
- Remote & Rural sites will be attended to within the 15 business day rule on the proviso qualified technicians are available, we will discuss any concerns at the time of the notification.
If one of these issues have occurred, it’ll need to be corrected before we can process with the meter upgrade. When we’ve been notified that it’s been fixed, we’ll arrange for the meter upgrade to start again within the standard timeframes.
To find out more about meter exchanges, you can contact us 133 914.
Information about my Bill
Commander Power & Gas will send you an email letting you know you can view your bill using our account management system. If you wish to receive a printed bill in the mail, a charge of $2.95 per bill is charged quarterly for a physical electricity bill. A charge of $2.95 is charged bimonthly for a physical gas bill.
Yes, your electricity charges are subject to GST. However, if any debits or credits on your bill do not include GST, we will highlight these items.
As a retailer, Commander Power & Gas does not read your meter; we rely on the relevant network distributors for meter readings. Once your meter is read, we will use the information to calculate your bill. The meter reader will endeavour to read your meter on the scheduled date. However, in some cases a meter reading cannot be obtained so instead of an actual meter reading, we will receive an estimated reading. There are strict rules and guidelines that govern how and when your bills may be estimated.
Bills are normally estimated because the meter reader could not get to your meter. Possible reasons why your meter could not be read, resulting in an estimated bill include:
By law, you are required to maintain clear access to the meters on your premises.
- Your meter is inside and no one was available to provide access to your premises when the meter reader arrived.
- Your gate was locked and there was nobody available to provide access to your premises when the meter reader arrived.
- There may have been an obstruction preventing the reader getting to the meter (e.g. garden waste).
- The meter reader felt threatened by your dog, which prevented their access to your meter. Keep in mind it is not that your dog has a good or bad temperament, but whether the reader felt their personal safety might be at risk.
If you have received an estimated bill, you can check your current meter reading (call us if you need help with this) and compare it with the estimated reading on your bill.
If you are unhappy with the estimated bill, then a special meter reading can be requested at a charge. Based on this reading, any difference can be reconciled to ensure that you pay for no more than the energy you have actually consumed over the billing period. Or you can wait until your next bill where a meter reading will reconcile your consumption on the next bill, ensuring you only pay for the energy you have actually used.
If you want to arrange a special reading to correct an estimated bill or to check a current reading, please call our Contact Centre on 1300 857 073 (from 8am to 6pm AEST Monday to Friday) to arrange a convenient time to allow us access to your meter. We will be happy to arrange an appointment for a special meter reading at your premises. This can take place anytime during business hours, Monday to Friday. Appointment dates and times are set by your distributor so we may not be able to accommodate all requested timeframes.
Please be advised there is a fee associated with this type of reading.
If you don't agree with the amount of the settlement payment, please let us know at least three business days before your payment is due to be processed, and we will not debit the disputed amount to your account until it has been resolved. However, we may ask you to pay any undisputed amounts.
A Pay on Time Discount, is a discount on Market contracts that will be provided when your bill is paid by the due date.
The amount of the Pay on Time Discount will be shown on Your Bill (if applicable), along with the Date that the bill must be paid by, in order for the Discount to be applied.
Commander Electricity Pay on Time Discount is applied to the usage component of the Bill, after any applicable concessions have been deducted.
Paying your bill
If you are unable to pay by Direct debit, please call us on 133 914 and pay over the phone via credit card (American Express & Diners 4.125% surcharge applies), or pay in person at an Australia Post outlet (a fee may apply). We also accept payment via Bpay.
If at any time you wish to change your bank or personal details, please advise us as soon as possible before your next payment date.
There are many reasons why your electricity bill could be higher than you expected. There are a few questions you can ask yourself, which help you investigate why your bill is higher than expected:
Was it colder or hotter than usual, did you use heaters or air-conditioners more than usual?
Did you have additional people staying with you?
Have you brought any new appliances, needed to fix an existing appliance or operate an existing appliance for longer than usual?
Are you comparing bills from similar billing periods? You use different appliances during certain periods of the year such as heaters or air conditioners.
Are you entitled to a concession? Are you comparing your current bill to a previous bill where a concession was included? Some concessions are seasonal and won't be applied to all bills.
Are the bills you are comparing of similar length? For example, one billing period may have been for fewer days while the next is for longer. Divide the total of your current charges by the number of days on each bill to find your daily average and compare those figures.
Actual vs. Estimated Meter Reads
Have you considered that your last or current bill might have been an estimated one, followed by an actual? A previous estimate may have been estimated too low resulting in a higher bill once the meter is read. If you need help determining this call our Contact Centre on 133 914.
Options. If you feel the meter has not been read accurately, we recommend the following options:
Read your meter, check to see if your current reading is more than the reading on your bill. If it is less than the reading on your bill then call us.
You can call us to request a special meter reading, which will require the meter reader to return to your property to read the meter again. A fee may be charged if you proceed with this option and the meter reading is found to be correct.
After all other options have been exhausted you can request the meter to be tested. A fee does apply for this test which will only be charged if it is deemed that there is nothing wrong with the meter.
Changing your Energy supplier
Some States have introduced full retail competition (FRC). In states where FRC has been introduced between different energy suppliers, you can purchase your electricity from the licensed energy retailer of your choice.
Your reasons for choosing a particular supplier can be varied, but there are some important factors to consider.
Your electricity bill is calculated using several different components. These include distribution charges, regulated market charges, supply charges and GST as well as the cost of the energy used. When you compare different rates, it is important you take into account all aspects of your bill.
Do the payment options the retailer offers suit your financial situation?
With today's fast paced life-style you want to know you are going to receive good service no matter who you deal with. You need to know you will get a fast, reliable response when you have a question, or want advice or information.
Some of the other things to look for when comparing energy offers are any early termination or exit fees that may apply, and any other discounts, charges and services which will be included in the market contract.
You can arrange your transfer by calling our Contact Centre on 133 914. Please have the full address of your premise, identification, such as your driver's licence number, at least one contact phone number available and have your energy bills handy. You can also complete an online sign up form and our Customer Service team will promptly action your request.
Our friendly sales staff can also help you with internet and phone.
You can arrange connection by calling our Contact Centre on 133 914 Please have the full address of your premise, identification, such as your driver's licence number, at least one contact phone number available and have your energy bills handy. You can also complete an online sign up form and our Customer Service team will promptly action your request.
Our friendly sales staff can also help you with internet and phone.
If you change your mind after entering into a contract, there’s a certain period (after you have entered that contract) called "cooling off" in which you have 10 days to cancel the contract, without incurring any fees or charges.
If you cancel a market contract within this "cooling-off" period, the terms of your existing energy contract will apply.
If your supply is disrupted or interrupted, or you are experiencing any type of fault or failure, you should contact the faults number on your bill. If you cannot find that number, call us on 133 914 and we will transfer you to your distributor. If you call outside our business hours of 8am-6pm you will be transferred to the National Response Centre.
If you have a complaint relating to our service, please contact us and we will respond quickly and work to satisfy your concerns.
Commander Power & Gas aims to resolve all telephone enquiries and complaints at the initial contact stage. If we are unable to do so, we will notify you immediately and advise you when the matter is resolved. All written enquiries are answered within five business days.
If you feel the matter has not been satisfactorily resolved, please request to have your complaint escalated. If you still believe that your enquiry has not been satisfactorily resolved, you can contact the ombudsman in your state.
- Victoria - the Energy and Water Ombudsman on 1800 500 509 or visit their website www.ewov.com.au
- New South Wales - the Energy and Water Ombudsman (New South Wales) Ltd (EWON) on 1800 246 545 or visit their website www.ewon.com.au
- South Australia - the Energy and Water Ombudsman South Australia (EWOSA) on 1800 665 565 or visit their website www.ewosa.com.au