New connections

Connect your house, property or business to the electricity network for a reliable power supply. As part of this process, we need to confirm if power supply from our network is available to your premises. We’ll also need to establish a new connection contract with you.

If you are moving house where the power is already on, you just need to contact your electricity retailer.

Here's how to get connected.

1. Get started

The best place to start is to talk to an electrical contractor, who will complete the work needed at your place.  Your electrical contractor can give us information about your proposed new connection and can also submit your connection application to us on your behalf.

If you need more information before submitting your application, you can make an enquiry via our Network Online Services. We will respond within five business days.

2. Submit your connection application

To get power connected, you need to submit an application and accept our offer to start your new connection contract with us. The information needed to apply is explained in our FAQs and further reading below.

As technical information is required, some electrical contractors may offer to apply for you via our Electrical Partners Portal. Otherwise you, or someone on your behalf, can apply via our Network Online Services.

There is an option to fast-track (or expedite) your application in some cases – read more in Step 3.

When we receive your application, we’ll check if the connection service you want is basic or negotiated and if power supply from our network is available to your place.

Please note: The person who applies is usually the person we contact during the connection process.

3. Accept our connection offer

Whoever submits your application will also need to accept our connection offer.

We want to help you get connected in the fastest possible time to meet your energy needs. Most of our customers only need a basic connection service.

Basic connection

If your connection service type is basic, it can be fast-tracked when submitting the online application. Just tick the Expedite Application box and your connection contract will automatically be created on the terms of our model standing offer.

If your application is not expedited, we’ll make a basic connection offer within 10 business days (or other date agreed with you). You will have 45 business days to accept our offer.  Your connection contract starts when the offer is accepted.

If you want to negotiate the terms of your connection contract, you can choose to do this through a negotiated connection.

Negotiated connection

If your connection service type is not basic, or you want to negotiate the terms of your connection contract, then it’s classed as negotiated. Choosing to negotiate will incur additional costs.

We’ll contact the person who applied to discuss the terms of your connection contract. Any additional costs may need to be accepted at this time. We’ll aim to make a negotiated connection offer within 65 business days of your application. You will have 20 business days to accept the offer.  Your connection contract starts when the offer is accepted.

Read more about connection service types, offers and contracts under FAQs and further reading below.

4. Choose your electricity retailer

You will need to tell your electrical contractor who you choose as your electricity retailer. Your electrical contractor will complete a Form A to provide us with this and other information about your connection.

The Form A will also notify your electricity retailer of your new connection request. Your electricity retailer will then contact you to set up an account.

Your account needs to be set up and any upfront metering charges accepted before we can connect you. Once this is done, your electricity retailer will send us a service order requesting us to connect you.

5. We connect you

Your electricity retailer will advise you when we’ll visit your property to connect your power supply. We must do this within set timeframes (unless we have to change our network to connect you).

Please note: We’ll need access to the service line connection point and your meter box during our visit.

For an easy print summary of this connection process, check out our Connect to the network checklist (PDF 364.1 kb).

How long will it take?

For your new connection contract

To establish your connection contract, we’ll make a connection offer within the following timeframes.

Basic connection offer (expedited) If you ‘fast-tracked’ (or expedited) your connection application, your connection contract will start when your application is submitted.
Basic connection offer (non-expedited) If you didn’t ‘fast-track’ (or expedite) your connection application, we’ll make a connection offer within 10 business days. You will have 45 business days to accept it.
Negotiated connection offer We will make contact within 10 business days to advise that we will be giving you a negotiated connection offer. We’ll provide this offer within 65 business days. You will have 20 business days to accept it.

Please note: If you request information by post, it will take longer.

For your new connection

To get you connected, we need a Form A from your electrical contractor and a service order from your electricity retailer. We’ll then complete your connection within the below timeframes (unless we have to change our network to connect you). Your electricity retailer will advise the timeframe for your connection.

CBD or Urban Within 5 – 10 business days*
Rural Within 10 business days
Isolated Within 30 business days

*Some areas may appear to be CBD or Urban, but they can be classified as Rural within our network. In these cases, we’ll complete your connection within 10 business days.

How much will it cost?

Connection services charges

Fees and charges will depend on the type of connection service you have applied for, and whether any work is needed on the electricity network to connect you.

For all new connections, we need to establish a service line to connect your property to our network. In most circumstances, there is no cost charged to you to establish a service line at a new property.

Other charges may apply under a negotiated connection offer. For example, an application fee, a network extension fee, or a capital contribution.

If any charges are required to meet your connection application, an estimate of these charges will be included in your connection offer.

All our connection charges have been approved by the Australian Energy Regulator, including the charges for your ongoing day-to-day access and use of the electricity network, and user-specific distribution services.  Read more on connection services charges.

Metering charges

There will be fees to install your electricity metering at your premises.  An estimate of the range of metering charges will be included in your connection offer. The amount is actually charged to you by your electricity retailer may differ and be outside this range.

Read more on metering charges.

FAQs and further reading

If I'm not ready to apply, can I just make an enquiry?

Yes, you can make a preliminary enquiry about your connection. We’ll respond within five business days, or other date agreed with you.

You can either:

I don’t want to use an online form, do you have forms I can print?

Yes, we have PDF versions of our connection enquiry form and application form that you can download and print:

You can also call us on 13 74 66 (Mon to Fri, 7am - 6:30pm) to apply for connection.

What do I do if I’m only changing my meter or my tariff?

You don’t need a connection contract. These changes can be arranged directly through your electrical contractor.

What information do I need to submit a connection application?

You will need to know the following:

  • Your contact details
  • Premises address details (including your lot and plan number, as on your council rates notice)
  • Details of your premises appliances (e.g. aircon, fridges, hot water, etc.)
  • How many phases you need
  • Amps per phase
  • Details of pumps or non-domestic equipment (if applicable)
  • Whether the power supply is underground or overhead:
    • if overhead, are there houses already connected on both sides of the premises?
    • if underground, are there green pillars (turrets) on the premises boundary?

What is a basic connection service?

Most applications qualify for a basic connection service. This is where the connection services needed for your new connection are relatively simple and straightforward.

It generally involves connection of residential and small business premises where:

  • Network supply is available (i.e. there is a line available near your place, at the required voltage and with enough capacity for your new connection)
  • There is little or no work required on our network to connect you (other than establishing a standard service line)
  • The maximum connection capacity is 80 amperes per phase.

These are the basic connection services we offer for new connections.

Basic Connection ServiceAvailability of Basic Connection Service
Load 1New Single Phase Load to 80 amperes

This basic connection service is available where:

  • there is an available line that is not supplied by a SWER line, and
  • the connection application is for the establishment of a permanent physical link to connect load up to 80 amperes via a single phase connection.
Load 2New 2 Phase Load to 80 amperes per phase

This basic connection service is available where:

  • there is a 3 phase available line that is not supplied by a SWER line, and
  • the connection
Load 3New 3 Phase Load to 80 amperes per phase

This basic connection service is available where:

  • there is a 3 phase available line that is not supplied by a SWER line; and
  • the connection application is for the establishment of a permanent physical link to connect load up to 80 amperes per phase via a 3 phase connection.
Load 4New Single Phase Load to 80 amperes (Temporary)

This basic connection service is available where:

  • there is an available line that is not supplied by a SWER line; and
  • the connection application is for the establishment of a temporary physical link to connect load up to 80 amperes via a single phase connection.
Load 5New 2 Phase Load to 80 amperes per phase (Temporary)

This basic connection service is available where:

  • there is an available line that is not supplied by a SWER line; and
  • the connection application is for the establishment of a temporary physical link to connect  load up to 80 amperes per phase via a 2 phase connection.
Load 6New 3 Phase Load to 80 amperes per phase (Temporary)

This basic connection service is available where:

  • there is a 3 phase available line that is not supplied by a SWER line; and
  • the connection application is for the establishment of a temporary physical link to connect load up to 80 amperes per phase via a 3 phase connection.

More detailed information about basic connection services is explained in our schedules to our Model Standing Offer for Metered Load (PDF 271.3 kb).  Relevant definitions are included in our model standing offer.

We don't provide basic connection services for any street light or public lighting connections. For these, please refer to the negotiated connection process.

What does expedited mean?

If your new connection is classed as a basic connection service, you or your contractor can ‘fast-track’ it in the online application. This is called an ‘expedited’ application.

It simply means that you are requesting to expedite at the time you submit your application, provided we are satisfied that the connection service you are applying for is a basic connection service and that you indicate that the terms in the model standing offer are acceptable to you.  If this occurs, then the contract forms when your application is submitted.

Just tick the Expedite Application box at the end of the online connection application to do this.

If you don’t tick the Expedite Application box, we’ll make a basic connection offer within 10 business days (or other date agreed with you). You will have 45 business days to accept it.

Your connection contract starts when the offer is accepted.

What is a negotiated connection service?

A negotiated connection service is needed if:

  • Power supply from our network is not readily available in your area
  • A network change is required to connect you
  • The maximum connection capacity exceeds 80 amperes per phase
  • Your new connection is not classed as a basic connection service
  • Your new connection is classed as a basic connection service but you have chosen to negotiate the terms of your connection contract with us.

Possible fees

Please note that you may be charged a fee for a negotiated connection service, to cover our expenses in assessing your application, completing the negotiated connection process and making a negotiated connection offer.

These may also include charges from other network service providers and the cost to inspect your premises (if required). Read more about connection services charges.

Standard connection services

Although the energy laws provide for standard connection services, we don’t have any standard connection services at present.

More information about connection offers

When you or your electrical contractor submits a connection application via our online services, it will immediately be assessed to see if it’s for a basic or negotiated connection service.

We will then make a basic or negotiated connection offer within set timeframes for you to accept.

Basic connection offer, expedited

If your connection service type is basic, you or your contractor can fast-track (or expedite) it in the online application. Just tick the Expedite Application box and your connection contract will start when your application is submitted.

Basic connection offer, not expedited

If your connection service type is basic but you don’t expedite your application, we’ll make a basic connection offer within 10 business days (or other date agreed with you). You will have 45 business days to accept it.

The basic connection services that we offer are listed in the schedule to our Model Standing Offer for Metered Load (PDF 271.3 kb).

Negotiated connection offer

If your connection service type is not basic, or you choose to negotiate the terms of your connection contract, then it’s classed as negotiated.

We’ll contact you or your electrical contractor to discuss the terms of your connection contract, and any additional fees. Usually we’ll make a negotiated connection offer within 65 business days. You will have 20 business days to accept it.

Your connection contract starts when the offer is accepted.

What happens if I decline your connection offer?

If you decline to accept the connection offer, or don't return the signed connection offer within the set timeframe, our connection offer will expire. If you still want your new connection, you will need to submit a new connection application and go through the whole process again (including paying any fees again).

More information about connection establishment contracts

Your new connection contract will be on the terms of your accepted connection offer. Its called a connection establishment contract.

Basic connections

For basic connection services, these terms are listed in the schedule to our Model Standing Offer for Metered Load (PDF 271.3 kb).

We will make a basic connection offer where:

  • Power supply is available (that is, there is a line available at the required voltage with sufficient capacity for your new connection)
  • There is little or no work required on our network to connect you (apart from establishing a service line. Anything greater than establishing a service line will have to be negotiated)
  • The maximum connection capacity is 80 amperes per phase.

Negotiated connections

For negotiated connection services, we’ll negotiate the terms of your connection contract with you. Here is an example of what your Negotiated Connection Contract (PDF 702.3 kb) will look like.

More information about ongoing supply connection contracts

Your connection contract is formed by accepting either a basic or negotiated connection offer, and will be on the terms of the connection offer.  For negotiated connection contracts, these terms will be specific to you.

Once you have accepted the connection offer, another contract automatically comes into effect for your ongoing connection services. Unless you specifically negotiate the terms of this other contract, it will be on the terms of the relevant contract below (depending upon whether you have a card-operated meter or not):

What is a service line?

A service line is the wire that runs from our network to just inside your property and connects electricity to your premises. A standard overhead service line may extend up to 20m inside your premises, whilst a standard underground service line may extend up to 7m inside your premises.

We provide standard service lines free of charge.

What are capital contributions?

A capital contribution is a fee you’ll be charged for some types of network changes, if we need to change our network for your connection.

A capital contribution for network extension may be applicable for connections that exceed the scope of a typical connection, such as where the service line is longer than the standard service line.

A capital contribution for other network changes may also apply if the new connection or connection alteration exceeds the network change charge threshold, currently set at:

  • 10 kVA on SWER lines
  • A maximum capacity of 80 amperes on 3 phase low voltage supply on our main grid (non-SWER lines).

In these circumstances, any capital contributions will be calculated using the formula set out in section 2.6 in our Connection Policy (PDF 580.0 kb).

What is Chapter 5A?

Chapter 5A of the National Electricity Rules sets out the process for most of our customers to either:

  • Create a new connection to our electricity distribution network
  • Change an existing connection to our electricity distribution network.

The services we provide for these are called connection services.  These generally include the design, construction and energisation of connection assets and any necessary change of our network.

What are contestable services?

Some services are open to competition and can be provided by persons other than us.  These include:

What are my rights and obligations?

Read about the energy laws that outline your rights and obligations, how to make a complaint, the dispute resolution procedures and the Queensland Energy Ombudsman on our Customer's rights and obligations webpage.

What are Ergon Energy’s responsibilities?

As a distribution network service provider there are a number of things we must do, including:

  • Maintaining the safety and reliability of the network to ensure the adequate, economic, reliable and safe connection and supply of electricity to our customers
  • Connecting new customers
  • Extending and upgrading the network to meet growth and expansion
  • Maintaining street lighting for local governments
  • Collecting metering data for electricity retailers.

Learn more on our Responsibilities webpage.

You might also like to read our Connections FAQs for more general information.

Building a new home?

If you're building a new home it's the perfect time to ensure it's designed to save you money and energy. Energy efficient building designs may cost little or no more than standard designs, but will give you ongoing savings for years to come.

It’s also just as important to make sure you connect to the most appropriate electricity tariffs. Check out Smarter energy choices (PDF 27.6 kb) for your new home for advice on choosing appliances and tariffs and our booklet The energy sense home (PDF 4.9 mb) for lots of information on simple choices to help you make your new home the best it can be.

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