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  • Is there enough capacity on the network to support people self-isolating, working and looking after children from home?

    Yes, there is enough capacity on the network to support the changes in working and living arrangements of Victorians. We’re constantly monitoring the network to make sure that there is enough energy for all of our customers. 

    Energy use by residential customers has increased during the pandemic, however a reduction in energy requirements for business customers has helped to balance that out and the network remains safe and reliable for everyone.

    We’ll continue to monitor any changes in demand and capacity related issues, but we don’t anticipate any issues for our customers.

  • Why are you going ahead with outages?

    Planned power and gas outages are an important part of maintaining the network so that we can continue to deliver reliable power and gas to you. When lockdown restrictions are in place, we sometimes need to go ahead with some outages to carry out critical maintenance - the work that is necessary to keep the network reliable, ensure customer safety or for bushfire mitigation. We know that electricity and gas outages aren’t convenient, so we work hard to reduce the length of outages and minimise the impact on you. 

    As government restrictions change, we assess our planned outages to identify what is critical and what can be deferred to another time. 

  • Am I allowed to leave my home if the power is out during COVID-19 restrictions?
    We are extremely aware of the needs of our vulnerable customers, including the elderly, sick, and others who may need additional support during power outages.

    Advice from the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) advises that under care and compassionate grounds a person can:

    • leave their premises to travel to an alternative premises i.e. family member/friend’s home with power
    • the 5km limit does not apply in this circumstance

    Please seek advice from DHHS before leaving your home for up to date information on restrictions and exemptions.

    DHHS -1300 650 172

    If there is an immediate impact to your safety please dial 000. 
  • Where can I find more information regarding my planned outage?

    We’ll notify you by mail before any planned outages so that you can prepare for the duration of the power outage, and then we’ll send you an SMS or letter drop reminder closer to the time. You can also check our outage tracker for information on upcoming power outages in your area, including the status and durations of outages.

  • How are you looking after life support customers in this pandemic?
    We’ll continue to maintain our stringent protocols relating to life support customers. If you’re a life support customer and you’ve not registered with us, or you would like more information, visit the Life Support page on our website.
  • What are you doing to prepare for the pandemic?

    We’re prepared and ready if the situation escalates further, but we also encourage you to prepare and continue to look after yourselves, your families and friends, and neighbours. Please make sure your mobile devices including phones and laptops are charged so you can continue to access up to date information from our website.

  • How will you guarantee supply for critical services sites such as hospitals, key infrastructure and key supply chain businesses?

    We’ve prioritised all work that will make supply reliable for essential services such as hospitals, medical centres, factories manufacturing medical products such as face masks and hand sanitiser, supermarkets and other community services.

    We work with the government and other agencies to understand which businesses are providing critical services to the COVID-19 response. We will use this information as part of our maintenance planning to minimise disruption to any critical businesses. If a planned outage is impacting a key business, we will review this work on a case by case basis.

    If you are currently providing critical services and have an upcoming planned outage, please contact us at plannedoutages@ausnetservices.com.au.

  • What measures have you put in place to protect staff and ensure you can continue to supply power and gas?

    We're communicating regularly with our teams as the situation with COVID-19 develops, and government advice is updated. The safety and wellbeing of our people is important to us.

    We communicate regularly with our teams as the situation with COVID-19 develops, and government advice is updated. The safety and wellbeing of our people is important to us.

    Some of the steps we've taken so far, and continue to evolve, across our workplaces include:

    • Some office-based staff working flexibly from home and alternative business locations where feasible. 
    • Precautionary access restrictions introduced for some parts of our operations. 
    • Suspending all non-critical work related travel (international and domestic), cancelling non-essential visits to external sites and conducting external meetings via teleconferencing wherever possible.
    • Additional hygiene measures including enhanced cleaning and sanitisation processes, new temperature check stations.
    • Our field teams follow specific protocols when working on a customer premises. They follow strict hygiene rules, practicing social distancing of two meters where possible and avoiding contact with any surfaces. 

     

  • I have stocked up on food. How do I manage perishable items if the power goes out?
    For more information on food safety during outages, refer to the Victorian State Government Food safety during power outages page here.
  • Will my new connection be delayed?
    We don’t expect any significant impact to normal business operations for our electricity and gas services, including new connections.
  • Will you still be conducting work around my property?

    Our field team are out continuing their daily role in maintaining your gas and electricity network and fixing any faults as normal. Some of our work requires visits to customer homes and businesses. We’ll only request access to a customer’s property if it is absolutely necessary in order to ensure your safety or the continuity of a safe gas or electricity supply.

    It’s important that our field team are allowed access to customer’s properties so that we can continue our critical work. We’ll take every precaution to keep customers safe during our work and our people will follow all government health and safety advice.

  • How are you ensuring it is safe to access homes and businesses?

    We’re working closely with government and public health bodies to make sure we work safely and in line with expert advice. If our field team need to enter your home or business to restore your power or gas, we’ll ask you some questions first to understand if you’ve recently returned from overseas or are self-isolating so we can make the relevant arrangements to prepare.

    Our field teams have been fully briefed on specific protocols to follow when working on a customer premises. They will be wearing protective equipment, following strict hygiene rules, practicing social distancing of two meters where possible and avoiding contact with any surfaces.

  • If I am experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, how do I find out if I am eligible for relief? How do I make a claim for relief?

    Along with other Australian energy network businesses, AusNet Services has announced a relief package to ease the burden on gas and electricity customers in hardship as a result of COVID-19. If you’re experiencing financial hardship during this period, contact your retailer who will check whether you meet the hardship program eligibility criteria and provide instructions for making a claim for relief. If you meet the eligibility criteria, your energy retailer will provide information on how you will receive the network relief benefit.