Origin Energy has acquired WINconnect
On 20 December 2021 Origin Energy announced that one of its subsidiaries had entered into an agreement to acquire WINconnect Pty Ltd.
Origin announced the acquisition to the Australian Stock Exchange on this date and the transaction was completed on 31 March 2022.
If you’re a WINconnect embedded electricity or hot water customer, this is to provide additional information regarding the acquisition and what it means for you.
To learn more, please read our FAQs below.
Origin is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies with over four million customer accounts and interests in generation and production. Its community energy services (CES) business manages over 200,000 Hot Water customers and 96,000 Embedded Electricity customers in more than 2,700 buildings and provides serviced hot water, natural gas and electricity via embedded networks and other related services.
You can find more information about Origin at www.originenergy.com.au
There’s no immediate change. Initially, the WINconnect business will continue to operate as normal and there’s nothing that you need to do right now.
Over the next few months we’ll work closely with Origin to confirm what the change may mean for your WINconnect account in the longer term. We expect this work to be in progress by the end of 2022.
The contract that you have accepted with WINconnect will remain in place.
Yes. We’ll continue to manage your account and bill you for your usage.
You’ll continue to receive the high level of service you’ve come to expect from us and we’ll keep you up-to-date on the key things you need to know along the way, either by letter or email, or as a message on your bill.
You remain a customer of WINconnect and you’ll continue to receive your current benefits.
Yes, you’ll continue to receive all bills from WINconnect and later in the year we’ll confirm what the change may mean for your WINconnect account in the longer term.
Yes, of course. Just call us on 1300 791 970 weekdays from 8am to 6pm (AEST) if you’d like to chat.
Who can I talk to if my bill is incorrect / I need to move-in or out / I’ve been disconnected / I need to make a payment?
You can continue to call us on 1300 791 970 weekdays from 8am to 6pm (AEST).
If you have any questions or issues regarding your account, please refer to our WINconnect team who will be able to assist you with your enquiry.
Billing and Payments
Your electricity rate is located on the back of your bill. For any questions regarding your electricity rate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 791 970 for a copy of your rate table.
Commercial accounts may include a pay on time discount off the usage. Residential customers are placed on a special base rate. Contact our Customer Service Team on 1300 791 970 or email email@example.com for a copy of your electricity rates.
WINconnect and WINenergy issue invoices for electricity, water, gas cooktops (included on your hot water invoice) and air on a monthly basis, billed on actual meter read. In the rare case where bills are issued on estimate read (due to access issues or a faulty meter) WINconnect will estimate based on market rules and the consumption is flagged as estimated on the back of your invoice.
We understand that from time to time, customers may have trouble paying their bills. We are here to help, please contact us to discuss our flexible payment options such as a short term payment extension or our view hardship program for further information on support that may be available to you. WINconnect Customer Service can be contacted on 1300 791 970 (Australia Only) or +61 3 9832 0000 (Outside Australia) between 8am – 5pm (AEST), alternatively you may complete an online enquiry form.
At your request, WINconnect will review your bill without charge. While the bill is being reviewed, we require payment for either part of the bill we both agree is not in dispute or an amount equal to the average of your bills over the previous twelve months. Our experienced customer service staff can talk to you about what could be impacting your usage. If you are not satisfied with the review, you may ask for a meter test. If your meter is inaccurate, we will adjust your bill accordingly and there will be no charge for the test. If the meter is accurate, you will be required to pay the cost of the test and the amount outstanding. Potential test costs will be discussed with you before the test is scheduled.
Click this link to see a ‘High Bill Checklist’, this list may assist in explaining why your invoice is higher than expected. The information contained within this checklist is a guide only and individual circumstances may vary.
For all information regarding to additional fees and charges that may apply from time to time visit our additional fees and charges page or contact WINconnect Customer Service on 1300 791 970 (Australia Only) or +61 3 9832 0000 (Outside Australia) between 8am – 5pm (AEST), alternatively you may complete an online enquiry form.
If you wish to pay your account manually you can do so provided payments are made at least 3 business days prior to the due date. This is to allow for the funds to be recorded against your account and avoid a double payment. If payment is made manually within this timeframe, due to processing times, a direct debit will still occur.
Moving and Connections
Connection requests can be made online using the online ‘Get Connected’ form. Alternatively, you can contact us on 1300 791 970 Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm (AEST) and we can arrange this over the phone in a matter of minutes.
As your meter is part of a community energy network, and not part of the NEM (Nation Energy Market), a NMI is not assigned to your meter. WINconnect allocates a unique meter number to identify your usage associated with your supply address. Your WINconnect meter number is shown on the back of your bill.
We endeavour to complete Standard or Priority Connections between 8:00am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). There may be times connection will occur outside this time due to circumstances outside of our control such as traffic congestion.
To check if your electricity has been turned on, ensure your main switch and any other switches on the switch board in your tenancy are in the ‘On’ position. If there is no electricity, turn off the main switch and safety switch. WINconnect endeavour to have connections completed by 5:30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). There may be times connection will occur outside this time due to circumstances outside of our control such as traffic congestion. If connection has not been completed by this time you can contact WINconnect after-hours on 1300 448 862.
In most cases you do not need to be present for connection to occur, however you do need to ensure your main switch in your tenancy is turned off. If you wish to confirm if you need to be present call us.
Contact us and one of our customer service team will endeavour to resolve your enquiry. In some cases, we may request you notify us of your concerns in writing. We will make every effort to resolve your concerns promptly.
If concerns remain, you may request to speak to a supervisor who will review your case and advise any decisions reached. Some matters, such as supply quality problems, have to be referred to a distributor and may take longer to resolve due to their technical nature. We’ll let you know if there’s likely to be any significant delay and keep you up to date as we are notified of progress.
Whatever the problem, contacting us first is generally the quickest way to fix things, and often helps us make improvements for other customers. If by any chance you are not satisfied, you can refer your concerns to the relevant tribunal in your state that can act as a dispute resolution party (e.g. VCAT or NCAT).
If you have a valid concession card you may be eligible for a government concession.
For further information, speak with our customer service team on 1300 791 970.
WINconnect maintains its No Contact Register for those customers who wish not to be contacted in the following ways:
- Person to person contact (such as door to door sales) and
- Direct Mail contact (such as junk mail)
For customers who are added to the No Contact Register, you will remain on the register for two years from the date of your request. After this period, you will need to contact us to be placed back on the register.
To be added to the WINconnect No Contact Register, please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org Please be aware that the No Customer Contact Register does not extend to telemarketing or electronic marketing (such as email). You can manage these preferences by contacting our Customer Experience Team on 1300 791 790 (8am – 6pm AEST, Mon- Fri) or emailing email@example.com
The Energy Industry
Generators are the companies responsible for the generation of electricity.
Electricity is generated in power stations using either fossil fuels (like coal or gas) or renewable energy sources (like wind, water or solar).
Electricity distributors own and maintain the networks that carry electricity to residences and businesses, this includes powerlines, power poles and underground cables. Distributors are your first point of contact for questions about interruptions to your electricity supply, such as fallen powerlines. Distributors operate within specific geographical areas.
The distribution companies in the National Electricity Market are:
NSW: AusGrid, Endeavour Energy, Essential Energy
VIC: CitiPower, Powercor, AusNet Services, United Energy, Jemena
TAS: Aurora Energy
SA: SA Power Networks
QLD: Energex, Ergon
An energy retailer is a licensed business responsible for invoicing electricity consumption. Authorised electricity retailers buy electricity from generators through wholesale markets and sell to the end consumer.
Exempt sellers buy energy from an energy retailer and resell the energy within a private network. They are usually Owners Corporations, Body Corporates or Shopping Centre Owners. WINconnect, under our WINenergy brand, acts as an agent on behalf of the exempt seller, providing them with billing services, expertise and compliance with the exempt seller guidelines. WINconnect also holds energy retail authorisations (National and Victoria) and conforms to relevant consumer protection regimes.