How is the new Labor Government going to address high ELECTRICITY PRICEs, when their economic case is based on getting HUGE PROFITS from ERGON and keeping electricity prices HIGH—–Australian households pay different amounts to access national electricity network—————–One of our standout findings is that costs are extremely patchy across Australia with some people, particularly in parts of Queensland, paying extraordinarily high network costs,” said the national director of Uniting Care Australia, Lin Hatfield Dodds. “Financial counsellors across the country consistently report that power bills are one of the biggest sources of financial distress for Australians trying to survive on a low income.” The report shows a worrying trend for households struggling with high power costs. The gap between the least expensive and most expensive network tariff has doubled over the past seven years, it shows. “This is why the Australian Energy Regulator is so important, and why the current debate happening between the regulator and the network companies is so important for all of us to pay attention to,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said.
Australian households are paying far more than people in comparable countries in electricity network charges, with huge discrepancies across different states, a new report has found.
Electricity network service providers in Queensland have the highest charges in Australia, while Victoria is the lowest cost jurisdiction in the National Energy Market.
The new report, commissioned by Uniting Care Australia, shows the highest network charges in Australia’s National Energy Market are four times more than the lowest charges, and double the highest prices charged in Britain.
It also shows that Australia’s network service providers are increasing their fixed charges more quickly than their variable charges, while there is a big discrepancy in the level of fixed charges across the country – ranging from zero to more than $500 a year for an average household.