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New Electricity Fees for the Indian Ocean Territories

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Number: A71/2018

Date: 6 December 2018

The Australian Government is responsible for the delivery of state-type services including the delivery of electricity services to the communities of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Electricity fees are reviewed annually and aligned to those in Western Australia. Aligning electricity fees with those of WA meets the Australian Government policy that ‘Communities in the external territories have comparable services and essential infrastructure to mainland Australia’.

Some of the fees (supply charges) have increased significantly for some premise classifications (mainly business or semi-business premises). Whilst the supply fees have increased, consumption fees (usage charges) for these respective premises have decreased. The majority of the IOT community fall under the classification of residential premises and will only see a slight increase in their supply and consumption fees.

Please note that these fees are the same amount paid by all electricity users in Western Australia (in remote locations and metropolitan areas) and therefore the IOTs are not disadvantaged. Furthermore, the Australian Government continues to subsidise the provision of electricity in the IOTs as it is not pursuing full cost recovery for this service.

Summarised versions of the amended fees are attached for your information.

Copies of the full fees Determinations and associated Explanatory Statements for each Territory can be found at the Federal Register of Legislation's website at www.legislation.gov.au/by searching for the respective Determination using the F code:

  • Christmas Island Utilities and Services (Electricity Supply and Services Fees) Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Determination 2018 [F2018L01665]
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands Utilities and Services (Electricity Supply and Services Fees) Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Determination 2018 [F2018L01666].

The revised rates listed in these Determinations take effect from 10 December 2018.

Natasha Griggs
Administrator
Territories of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Daily dependant child rebate*UNITSFrom 10 December 2018
Person had one dependent child cents per day 78.46
Person had 2 dependent children cents per day 98.88
Person had 3 dependent children cents per day 119.30
Person had 4 or more dependent children cents per day 139.72

*rebate only available to eligible person who is entitled to a dependent child rebate as listed on a valid concession card.

Schedule 1— Fixed fees for the supply of electricity
FeeUNITSFrom 10 December 2018
Residential A2 cents per day 92.3182
Community Service C2 cents per day 86.2780
Charitable Residential Fee D2 cents per day 86.2780
Business / Residential Fee K2 cents per day 155.9455
Business Fee L2 cents per day 155.9455
High Voltage Fee M2 cents per day 49.3261
Government Fee N2 cents per day 569.1300
Schedule 2— Consumption fees for the supply of electricity
FeeUNITSFrom 10 December 2018
Residential Fee A2 cents per unit 25.7520
Community Service Fee C2
for the first 20 units per day cents per unit 20.1575
from 21 to 1650 units per day cents per unit 21.5067
Per unit above 1650 units per day cents per unit 20.5144
Charitable Residential Fee D2 cents per unit 21.9198
Business / Residential Fee K2
for the first 20 units per day cents per unit 25.7520
from 21 to 1650 units per day cents per unit 24.2678
above 1650 units per day cents per unit 27.3611
Business Fee L2
for the first 1650 units per day cents per unit 24.2678
above 1650 units per day cents per unit 27.3611
High Voltage Fee M2
for the first 1650 units per day cents per unit 31.3141
above 1650 units per day cents per unit 28.1238
Government Fee N2 cents per unit 53.3273
Schedule 3— Fixed fees for the supply of services related to the supply of electricity
FeeUNITSFrom 10 December 2018
Account establishment fee Dollars per instance $21.45
Installation of a 3 phase residential meter:
for installation of a new 3 phase meter or
replacement of a single phase meter with 3 phase meter;
Dollars per instance $826.36
(b) for installation of a subsidiary 3 phase meter Dollars per instance $136.35
Reconnection following disconnection of supply for non‑payment of fees or for any other lawful reason Dollars per instance $28.91
Connection of temporary supply:
(a) single phase (overhead) Dollars per instance $814.55
(b) 3 phase (overhead) Dollars per instance $814.55
Meter testing:
(a) if paragraph (b) does not apply (standard); Dollars per instance $221.45
(b) for a consumer entitled to a rebate under subsection 7(1) Dollars per instance $138.36
Disconnection of overhead service leads following unauthorised reconnection Dollars per instance $689.09
Special meter reading requested by consumer Dollars per instance $28.91
Disconnection warning Dollars per instance $5.27