Meter services charges

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

What are the charges?

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 two smaller parts:

  • Capital component – covers the cost of the meter
  • Non-capital component – covers the ongoing costs of operating and maintaining the meter

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

Primary tariff meter charge

Where there is more than one primary tariff at the same premises, charges will only apply for one. All rates include GST.

From 1 July 2022

COST / DAY

Capital component

$0.08088

Non-capital component

$0.03792

TOTAL

$0.11880

From 1 July 2021

COST / DAY

Capital component

$0.07817

Non-capital component

$0.03663

TOTAL

$0.11480

Secondary tariff meter charge

If you have more than one secondary tariff (ie. both Tariff 31 and 33) you'll receive meter charges for both. All rates include GST.

From 1 July 2022

COST / DAY

Capital component

$0.02335

Non-capital component

$0.01128

TOTAL

$0.03463

From 1 July 2021

COST / DAY

Capital component

$0.02258

Non-capital component

$0.01087

TOTAL

$0.03345

Solar tariff meter charge

Solar charges only apply if you have a solar power system installed. All rates include GST.

From 1 July 2022

COST / DAY

Capital component

$0.01381

Non-capital component

$0.03369

TOTAL

$0.04750

From 1 July 2021

COST / DAY

Capital component

$0.01334

Non-capital component

$0.03255

TOTAL

$0.04589

Frequently asked questions

Why are meter services charges applied?

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

If I'm a designated self-read customer, do I have to pay these charges?

Yes, as these charges cover the combined cost of providing your meter and the operation and maintenance costs. Even if you provide your own readings, we are still required to visit your property to obtain readings

Do these charges apply to card-operated meters?

No. Card-operated metering costs are bundled in with other charges that Ergon Network passes through to Ergon Retail.

Will supply charges still appear on my bill?

Yes, these cover the costs of supplying and maintaining your electricity service, including costs such as poles and wires, billing and administration.

Don't supply charges cover metering?

No, they cover the costs of supplying and maintaining your electricity service, not your meters