Meter services charge

Meter services charges cover the cost of providing your meters and the ongoing costs of operating and maintaining your meters.

Small business

Meter services charges cover all costs for installing and maintaining meters.

This means you don't pay up-front for a new or replacement meter.

Charges for residential and small business customers are made from three smaller parts:

  • Capital component – covers the cost of the meter
  • Non-capital component – covers the ongoing costs of operating and maintaining the meter
  • Digital metering contribution – covers the costs of installing and maintaining new meters.

Meter services charges apply to all meters and are determined by the primary, secondary and solar tariffs connected.

Large business

Meter charges for large business customers vary depending on the type of metering used, the tariffs connected and your customer classification.

Non-digital metering charges

These charges apply for large business customers on basic metering, which includes meter types 5 and 6. All rates include GST.

Primary and secondary tariff meter charges

Primary tariff meter charge

From 1 July 2021COST / DAY
Capital component$0.07817
Non-capital component$0.03663
TOTAL$0.11480
From 1 July 2020 COST / DAY
Capital component $0.07750
Non-capital component $0.03631
TOTAL$0.11381

Secondary tariff meter charge

From 1 July 2021 COST / DAY
Capital component$0.02258
Non-capital component$0.01087
TOTAL$0.03345
From 1 July 2020 COST / DAY
Capital component $0.02239
Non-capital component $0.01078
TOTAL$0.03317

Digital metering charges

These charges apply for large business customers on digital metering, which includes meter types 1, 2, 3 and 4. All rates include GST.

From 1 July 2021COST / DAY
Standard asset customer  - using up to 750 MWh per year$2.16673
Standard asset customer  - using more than 750 MWh per year$2.57147
Connection asset customer$4.72848
Individually calculated customer$4.83833
From 1 July 2020 COST / DAY
Standard asset customer  - using up to 750 MWh per year $2.01168
Standard asset customer  - using more than 750 MWh per year $2.38820
Connection asset customer $4.73171
Individually calculated customer $5.43198

Frequently asked questions

How significant are metering charges in relation to the size of my bill?

For most of large business customers, meter charges will represent less than 0.5% of their electricity bill. For a small number, it may represent a slightly higher proportion of their bill than this.

What does the meter services charge cover?

Meter charges cover the costs of providing, operating and maintaining your meters. This excludes meter testing charges for high voltage meters.

Why is the cost of digital metering different to basic metering?

Meter types 1, 2, 3 and 4 are more complex than basic meter types 5 and 6.

How can I avoid paying metering charges?

Metering is an integral part of the supply of electricity to your premises. For large businesses using significant volumes of electricity, metering costs represent a very small proportion of their total bill.

How can I get better value from my metering?

Digital metering for large business customers offers a number of features that are not generally available for smaller customers with basic meters. These features include:

  • 30 minute load profiles;
  • Quick and easy changes to tariffs (no requirement for a truck to be sent to site); and
  • No need for you to provide access to your site for meter reading purposes.