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Pricing - Price Comparisons
APAYG Price Comparison ReportsStanding Offer Price Comparison ReportsDistribution Network Charges Comparison Reports Prices and BillsTypical Customer Methodology

Price comparison reports are prepared regularly to provide an overview of the pricing environment in both the electricity and gas retail markets. The reports include a comparison of retail products available in Tasmania for small customers (Aurora Pay As You Go and standard regulated tariffs). A comparison of distribution network pricing across Australia was also prepared in the past with the last report released in July 2011.

Aurora Pay As You Go Price Comparison Reports

Aurora Pay As You Go (APAYG) is a prepayment option offered to residential customers as an alternative to having electricity supplied under Standing Offer tariffs.

The Regulator does not regulate APAYG prices but reports on APAYG price movements compared to regulated (Standing Offer) prices through annual prepayment price comparison reports.

These reports compare costs facing APAYG customers with the costs facing customers under Standing Offer prices available to residential customers. The reports also compare the costs facing APAYG and Standing Offer customers who receive a concession.

Following the publication of its latest report on 10 August 2015, the Regulator identified errors in its analysis which over-stated the extent of the differences between the costs facing APAYG concession customers and the costs facing Standing Offer concession customers. A corrected version of the report is available here:

APAYG Price Comparison Report (rates as at 25 July 2015)

Previous APAYG Price Comparison Reports

Standing Offer Price Comparison Reports

The Comparison of Australian Standard Offer Energy Prices Report (February 2016 edition) provides an overview of the pricing environment in both the electricity and gas retail markets as at 1 February 2016, as an update to the Regulator's previous Price Comparison Report, released in October 2015. The Report compares Tasmanian and other Australian jurisdictions’ regulated (standing offer) electricity tariffs and natural gas prices applying from 1 February 2016. The Report compares the prices paid by residential and small business customers per unit of consumption for electricity and natural gas in cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) and cents per mega joule (MJ) respectively.

Comparison of Australian Standing Offer Energy Prices Report as at 1 February 2016 (published 29 February 2016).

Previous Standing Offer Price Comparison Reports

Distribution Network Charges Comparison Reports

Following the transfer of regulatory responsibility for distribution services to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) on 1 July 2012, stakeholders seeking information about distribution network charges should contact the AER on telephone number: (03) 9290 1800 or by visiting the AER’s website:

The Comparison of 2011 Australian Electricity Distribution Network Charges Report compares the distribution network charges available to small customers across Australian states by comparing distribution use of system charges embedded in standing offer prices as at 1 August 2011. It examines the fixed and variable charges underlying the tariffs using the same methodology to compare tariffs as the Comparison of 2011 Australian Standing Offer Energy Prices Report.

Comparison of 2011 Australian Electricity Distribution Network Charges Report

Previous Network Charges Comparison Reports

Typical Customer Methodology

Price comparison are based on the typical customer methodology established by the Regulator in the Information Paper Typical Electricity Customers, March 2006. The methodology describes a set of "typical customers" based on consumption patterns and the combination of tariffs from which they are supplied. In September 2010, OTTER released an update to the information paper, Typical Electricity Customers, September 2010 which redefines typical residential and business customers based on 2009-10 consumption data and available regulated tariffs.

In June 2014, OTTER released an updated information paper, the Typical Electricity Customers Information Paper, May 2014 which redefines typical residential and business customers based on 2012-13 consumption data and the approved standing offer prices available as at 1 January 2014.

This page was last updated on 04 March 2016 by the Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator (OTTER). Questions concerning its content can be sent by mail to GPO Box 770, Hobart, TAS, Australia 7001 or by email to or by telephone to (03) 6166 4422.

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