The Victorian Default Offer makes electricity bills fair
We’re making energy prices fairer for Victorian households and businesses.
From 1 July 2019, if you are on a simple standing offer for your electricity, you will be rolled over to a better, fairer plan. It’s called the Victorian Default Offer, or the VDO.
It could save you hundreds of dollars.
A typical household could save up to $450 per year, when compared with the median standing offer in your area. A typical small business could save up to $2,050 each year.
The Victorian Default Offer is being introduced after an independent review into energy prices found that Victorians were paying more than they should for electricity. The VDO is part of the government’s Energy Fairness Plan to make the electricity market simpler and more affordable for all consumers.
From 1 July, your energy provider must automatically move customers on existing simple standing offers to the VDO. If you think you haven’t been moved, you can call your energy provider or check your next electricity bill.
If you don’t know which deal you’re on, your provider may have automatically put you on a costly flat tariff standing offer for electricity. These standing offers are set by the energy provider and are usually much higher than the energy provider’s initial cheaper deal.
If you’re not on a simple standing offer, you can still opt in by calling your energy provider after 1 July 2019 and asking to be put on the Victorian Default Offer.
The VDO is a fair offer but not necessarily the cheapest offer available to you. If you opt in to the Victorian Default Offer, you will be able to leave at any time and access other offers in the market.
From 1 July, your energy provider must tell you on your bill, at least once every 3 months for electricity bills and once every four months for gas bills, whether you are on their best offer. This means you can compare which offer is best and fairest for you.
You can also call your energy provider to ask for their best deal.
If you’re not sure, visit Victorian Energy Compare. It provides free, independent advice by comparing what is the best available offer for you – no tricks, no gimmicks.
The VDO is available to all Victorian households and small business customers from 1 July 2019. However, if you live in an apartment block, retirement home, caravan park, or you’re a small business tenant in a shopping centre, you may be receiving your electricity through an embedded network. Embedded networks can’t access the Victorian Default Offer at this stage. The Essential Services Commission will review the price cap for customers in embedded networks as soon as possible.
You can check whether electricity at your address is supplied by an embedded network at the Essential services commission register
The government has committed to ban embedded networks in new-build residential apartment blocks, which too often lock in high costs for consumers. Exemptions will be allowed for buildings that use renewable energy micro grids to deliver low-cost renewable energy to apartment blocks.
The Victorian Default Offer is a fair price for energy – but not necessary the best price. If you are a Victorian household or small business customer, you can compare the tariffs on your electricity bill to those in the tables here to help you decide whether the Victorian Default Offer may be better than your current deal.
More tips to help you understand the VDO:
- Tips for Victorian households (PDF, 105.9 KB)
- Tips for Victorian households (DOCX, 179.0 KB)
- Extended FAQ's for Victorian households (DOCX, 165.9 KB)
- Tips for Small businesses (PDF, 108.2 KB)
- Tips for Small businesses (DOCX, 165.2 KB)
- Extended FAQ's for Small businesses (DOCX, 165.8 KB)
- Tips for Customers in embedded networks (PDF, 596.6 KB)
- Tips for Customers in embedded networks (DOCX, 163.6 KB)
If you would like further information on the Victorian Default Offer contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136 186 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page last updated: 18/07/19