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What's the Average Electricity Bill in Australia?

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Wondering if your electricity bills match average bills for the rest of Australia? Below we've got the average electricity bill for Australia listed, as well as a state-by-state breakdown with the price of the average electricity bill in each major city across Australia. Read on for this and more.


  • As of December 2021, the average electricity bill across Australia is $1,645
  • South East QLD enjoys some of the cheapest electricity bills at $1,226
  • The ACT & TAS have some of the highest electricity bills at $2,004

Average Electricity Bill in Australia- By State

Below, you can find a breakdown of the average annual electricity bill for Australians state-by-state.

Average Annual Electricity Bill by State in Australia
State Average Electricity Bill Comparison to National Average
National Average $1,645 / year National Average
Sydney, New South Wales $1,253 / year 24% Lower than the average
Canberra, Australia Capital Territory $2,004 / year 22% Higher than average
Melbourne, Victoria $1,290 / year 22% Lower than average
Brisbane, South-East Queensland $1,226 / year 25% Lower than average
Adelaide, South Australia $1,742 / year 6% Higher than average
Perth, Western Australia $1,992 / year 21% Higher than average
Hobart, Tasmania $2,004 / year 22% Higher average

Source: AEMC Annual Electricity Price Trend Report 2021. Western Australia report from Synergy Energy based on an average usage of a medium-usage customer with a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom household. The largest city has been taken as a reference point for average electricity bills in each state. Updated December, 2021.

The average cost of electricity in Australia varies drastically from state to state.

As seen in the table, Electricity bills are lowest in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland where we find the lowest electricity costs in Australia.

However, people living in the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia have the highest electricity costs in Australia.

Did you know?New reports from the AEMC show that electricity prices should go down in the next few years as the government attempts to tackle inflating energy costs within the National Electricity Market.

When looking at the average energy bill for each location, it's important to remember that the costs listed above include both the highest and lowest prices paid in each state. Therefore, Despite the prices listed for the average energy bill for each state, it is possible to find cheaper deals and pay less.

In the next section, we compare the average energy bill in each state to the lowest offers on the market.

Average Electricity Bills By State (Click to View)

(NSW) - Average Electricity Bill Sydney

The average electricity bill in Sydney is $1,253 per year, which is 24% lower than the national average.

While the average electricity bill in Sydney is $1253 per year, there are plenty of lower plans and NSW energy offers that can reduce your bill even more.

Below you can find the three cheapest electricity plans in Sydney, based on the reference price.

Cheapest Electricity Providers - Sydney, NSW
Provider & Plan Average Annual Bill Discover More
ReAmped Energy
ReAmped Advanced
$954 See offers from ReAmped
Powershop
$100 Offer
$1,040 See offers from Powershop
Mojo Power
All Day Breakfast
$1,041 See offers from Mojo Power

*Source: Individual providers' websites. Based on the distribution network for the city. Valid September 2021. Prices are for example purposes only. Lower offers may be available. Selectra recommends you do your own research.

(ACT) - Average Electricity Bill Canberra

The ACT tops the list of most expensive energy bills in Australia. The average electricity bill in Canberra is $2,004 per year, which is 22% higher than the national average.

As mentioned before this number represents the average electricity bill in Canberra, but cheaper offers can be found by simply taking a look around to compare and switch energy providers.

Below are the top three cheapest energy providers in Canberra, based on prices within the EvoEnergy distribution network.

Cheapest Electricity Providers - Canberra, ACT
Provider & Plan Average Annual Bill Discover More
ReAmped Energy
Advance
$1,297 See offers from ReAmped Energy
Elysian Energy
Power Maximiser
$1,317 See offers from Elysian Energy
Radian Energy
Grid to Go
$1,328 See offers from ACT energy providers

*Source: Individual providers' websites. Based on the distribution network for the city. Valid September 2021. Prices are for example purposes only. Lower offers may be available. Selectra recommends you do your own research.

(VIC) - Average Electricity Bill Melbourne

The average electricity bill in Melbourne is $1,290 per year, which is 22% lower than the national average.

The average electricity bill in Melbourne has come down in the last year and is now lower than the national average and other places across Australia.

See our table below where we have listed the three cheapest electricity plans based on the reference price for Melbourne, Victoria.

Cheapest Electricity Providers - Melbourne, Vic
Provider & Plan Average Annual Bill Discover More
ReAmped Energy
Handshake
$956 See offers from ReAmped Energy
GloBird Energy
GloSave
$959 See offers from GloBird Energy
Powershop
$200 Offer
$968 See offers from Powershop

*Source: Individual providers' websites. Based on the distribution network for the city. Valid September 2021. Prices are for example purposes only. Lower offers may be available. Selectra recommends you do your own research.

(QLD) - Average Electricity Bill Brisbane

The AEMC states that the average electricity bill for Brisbane is $1,226 per year, which is 25% lower than the national average.

While bills in Queensland tend to be lower than the Australian average, there are still plenty of energy providers offering even cheaper electricity rates.

Below are the three cheapest electricity plans and providers in Brisbane, based on the reference price for the city.

Cheapest Electricity Providers - Brisbane, Qld
Provider & Plan Average Annual Bill Discover More
ReAmped Energy
ReAmped Advance
$1,072 See offers from ReAmped Energy
Powerdirect
Rate Saver
$1,176 See offers from Qld energy providers
Powershop
$100 Offer
$1,182 See offers from Powershop

*Source: Individual providers' websites. Based on the distribution network for the city. Valid September 2021. Prices are for example purposes ;only. Lower offers may be available. Selectra recommends you do your own research.

(SA) - Average Electricity Bill Adelaide

Energy bills have gone up in Adelaide in 2021. The average electricity bill in Adelaide is $1,742, which is 6% higher than the national average.

This means that residents of Adelaide in South Australia could be paying some of the highest electricity prices in the country.

As always, however, there are many providers in South Australia that offer cheaper electricity rates.

Below you can find the top three cheapest energy plans in Adelaide based on the reference price.

Cheapest Electricity Providers - Adelaide, SA
Provider & Plan Average Annual Bill Discover More
Elysian Energy
Power Maximiser
$1,180 See offers from Elysian Energy
ReAmped Energy
ReAmped Advance
$1,283 See offers from ReAmped Energy
Discover Energy
Smart Saver
$1,287 See offers from SA energy providers

*Source: Individual providers' websites. Based on the distribution network for the city. Valid September 2021.  Prices are for example purposes only. Lower offers may be available. Selectra recommends you do your own research.

(WA) - Average Electricity Bill Perth

According to Synergy Energy, the average electricity bill in Perth was reported to be 1,992 per year in 2021.

Perth is unique when it comes to energy in Australia. Unlike most of the rest of Australia, residents in Western Australia are unable to switch electricity providers due to the nature of the market.

Unfortunately, this means that Western Australians pay some of the highest electricity costs in the country!

Therefore, if you’re looking to reduce your electricity bill in Perth, implementing energy-saving techniques can help you to reduce your bill.

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Household Size vs. Average Electricity Bill

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Now that we have seen what the average electricity bills look like across Australia, let's take a look at the price-per-household size.

It makes sense that the larger your household, the larger your electricity bill will be. More people in a house usually means:

  • A larger house with more rooms (more spaces to heat and cool)
  • More devices are connected and plugged in at any one time (more energy consumption)
  • More hot water used (if you have an electric water heater)
  • More people in different rooms with the lights on
  • More cooking, more opening of the refrigerator, etc..

In the table below you can see the average annual electricity bill for each size household, and the breakdown of cost per person.

Average Electricity Bill by Household Size
People in Household Average Annual Electricity Bill Electricity Cost Per Person
1 $902 $902 / person
2 $1,221 $610 / person
3 $1,281 $427 / person
4 $1,631 $408 / person
5 $1,983 $397 / person

Source: Canstar Blue Average Electricity Bill by Household Size Feb 2021

According to a study by Canstar Blue which compared the average electricity bill by household size, across all states in Australia, adding another person to your household increases your electricity bill by about $320-$350 per year.

The smallest increase occurred within two-person households and three-person households, where average annual electricity bills only increased by $60.

Average Electricity Bill Per Person

What is the Average Electricity Bill for One Person in Australia?

As we have seen in the table above, the average electricity bill for one person in Australia works out to be $902 per year.

As the Electricity bill is not shared with anyone else, the average cost per person works out to be $902 / person.

What is the Average Electricity Bill for 2 Person Household?

As we have seen in the table above, the average electricity bill for a 2 person household in Australia works out to be $1,221 per year.

As the Electricity bill is split between 2 people, the average cost per person works out to be $610/ person.

What is the Average Electricity Bill for a 3 Person Household in Australia?

The average electricity bill for a 3 person household in Australia works out to be $1281 per year.

If you split the electricity bill 3 ways, each person would contribute $427 toward the cost of the energy bill.

What is the Average Electricity Bill for a 4 Person Household in Australia?

The average electricity bill for a 4 Person Household in Australia is $1,631 per year.

Each person in the 4 person household would contribute $408 toward the total cost of the bill.

Average Electricity Cost in Australia ($/kWh) 2021

Knowing the average electricity cost per kWh in Australia can be a help immensely when comparing and switching electricity providers. Looking at price per kwh is the best way to compare the true cost of electricity as the price is not dependent on the amount of energy consumed.

Average electricity cost is highest in South Australia, while the cost of electricity is lowest in South-East Queensland and Victoria.

Average Electricity Cost Per kWh by State 2021
State Average electricity usage rates per kWh
South-East Queensland 21.11c / kWh
New South Wales 27.00c / kWh
Victoria 20.55c / kWh
South Australia 32.32c / kWh

Source: Calculated average usage rates between leading electricity retailers within the NEM: AGL, Origin, EnergyAustralia, Red Energy, Alinta Energy, and Simply Energy. Updated December 2021

Your daily supply charge is how much your energy provider charges you to supply energy to your property. This is a fixed daily amount, in c/day, that is not affected by how much energy you use and applies to both electricity and gas supply. If you live in the National Electricity Market (Victoria, New South Wales, South East Queensland, and South Australia), your energy provider is free to set their own daily supply charge.

Average Daily Cost of Electricity Supply by State
State Average Daily Supply Rate
New South Wales 80.13c / day
South Australia 89.34c / day
Queensland 99.65c / day
Victoria 102.73c / day

Supply charges based on average rates for six energy providers in Australia: Origin Energy, AGL, EnergyAustralia, Alinta Energy, Red Energy, and Simply Energy. Rates vary depending on location. Valid December 2021.

Average Gas Prices in Australia ($/unit) 2021

Average gas bills in Australia vary widely, depending on several factors. What you use gas for (hot water, pool heating, total-home heating, and cooking for example), the size of your home, and how many people live there can all drive up your household's average gas bills. As shown below, Western Australians enjoy some of the lowest gas costs per quarter, while those in South Australia and the ACT have some of the highest gas bills.

Average Quarterly Gas Bill by State
State Average Quarterly Gas Prices
Western Australia $108 / quarter
Queensland $172 / quarter
New South Wales $184 / quarter
South Australia $223 / quarter
Victoria $186 / quarter
ACT $295 / quarter

Source: Canstar Blue Average Gas Bill by State Feb 2021

Average Gas Cost Per MJ in Australia

Below is the estimated average gas rates for each state within the National Electricity Market, based on the average natural gas rates (in cents per MJ) for the top six energy companies in the market. Your actual natural gas rates will vary depending on your location and provider.

Average Gas Prices for Natural Gas (per MJ) by State 2021
State Average Gas Rates per MJ of Usage
South-East Queensland 4.8c / MJ
New South Wales 3.4c / MJ
Victoria 2.8c / MJ
South Australia 3.9c / MJ

Source: Calculated average gas rates between leading gas retailers within the NEM: AGL, Origin, EnergyAustralia, Red Energy, Alinta Energy, and Simply Energy. Updated December 2021

Average Gas Daily Supply Charge

Like electricity, your natural gas bill is divided into two charges, your daily supply charge and usage rates. Below is the average daily supply charge by state, in cents per day for a natural gas connection. Your actual daily supply charge will vary depending on location and provider.

Average Daily Supply Rate (Gas) by state
State Average Gas daily Supply Rate
New South Wales 59.2c / day
South Australia 74.2c / day
Queensland 71.2c / day
Victoria 70.5c / day

Supply charges based on average gas rates for the six biggest energy providers in Australia: Origin Energy, AGL, EnergyAustralia, Click Energy, Simply Energy, and Alinta Energy. Rates vary depending on location. Valid December 2021

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How to Calculate an Electricity Bill & Save on Energy

The first step to learning how to calculate your electricity bill is understanding your bill and its energy rates.

Energy bills are divided into two costs:

  • your daily supply charge
  • your usage rates.

If you live in a part of the country where the energy market is deregulated, your energy provider is the one to set these charges.

 Daily supply charge: A daily amount, in c/day, that is the cost to supply energy to your home. This is a fixed amount that doesn’t change, regardless of how much energy you use. This cost may be called a fixed charge, daily supply charge, or service charge. Daily supply charges range from 80c/day to over 120c/day. To calculate your electricity bill with this charge, you multiply the per-day charge amount by the number of days you have had an electricity supply at the property.

 Usage rates: This is the amount you pay for the actual energy you use. For electricity, this is shown as c/kWh, while for natural gas it is shown as either c/mJ or c/Unit (depending on where you live). To calculate your energy bill with this charge multiply the per-day charge amount by the units of energy you used (kWh or mJ).

As we mentioned before, usage rates and daily supply charges can be fixed or variable.

If your energy plan is on a fixed rate, your usage rates and supply charges won’t change during the benefit period (usually 12 months). However, if your energy plan is variable rate, your energy provider is free to change your usage rates and supply charges when they want, with written notice to you.

Energy usage breakdown: Where is my energy going?

Gas bill

According to the SA Gov website, the average Australian home used almost 40% of their household’s energy consumption for heating and cooling. This includes both electric and gas heating, as well as air conditioning. In total, the average Australian household’s energy breakdown includes:

Ways to Reduce your Energy Bills

Now that you are able to compare your average electricity and gas bill compared to other residential households in Australia, you might be wondering how you can reduce your energy consumption and save money off your next energy bills.

Thankfully there are a lot of ways to reduce your energy bills, from small changes you can make today, to bigger, total-home renovations that will save you more in the long run.

 Unplug: Appliances such as hair dryers, fully-charged phones or computers, appliances with continuous displays, and home entertainment systems can still drain energy from your home even when you’re not using them. These “energy vampires” might only use a small amount of electricity at one time but multiple devices and appliances, over the course of a year, can cost you lots. Unplug devices and appliances you’re not using, and start saving more immediately

 Adjust the temperature: Keep your thermostat at 25 or 26 degrees in the summer, and 18 to 20 in the winter, to keep your energy bills low. Every additional degree of heating or cooling can add an additional 10% of your running costs to your electricity or gas bill.

 Use cold water: Changing your laundry habits to use more cold water, and less hot water, can reduce your average energy bill. Most day-to-day laundry doesn’t need hot water to get washed and clean, and if you hang-dry your clothes, rather than use an electric dryer, you’ll save even more.

 Insulate: Making sure your home is properly insulated to keep the cool air inside during the summer, and outside during the winter, can reduce your energy usage. Add draft stoppers to any door and window edges, as well as insulated curtains, or even hire a technician to come and add insulation to your home.

 Go energy-efficient: Switching your appliances and light bulbs to energy-efficient options can help reduce your average electricity bill drastically. Look for “eco” or “star-rated” appliances, and LED bulbs, to keep your home energy efficient.

 Switch: Shopping around for a new energy provider is a great way to reduce your electricity and gas bills. Selectra can help you find the best energy provider, no matter what you’re looking for, so you can switch providers today and save money tomorrow.

There are tons of things you can do, from small, everyday changes to drastic total-home improvements, which can help you reduce your energy consumption, and bills, and become below average (at least where electricity and gas costs are concerned).

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