Financial challenges can arise from a sudden change in income, illness or other personal matters. Whatever your situation, we can help.
Tas Gas Retail’s customer payment support program is for Victorian customers and provides support that goes beyond traditional payment plans. This support is confidential, free, and is designed to help you get back on track with your energy bills, repay your overdue bills and lower your ongoing usage costs.
If you wish to read our policy document, it can be found here: Customer Payment Support.
We understand that financial challenges or difficulties can strike anyone. For example, you may have experienced:
In these and similar situations, our payment support program may be able to help. Please contact us on 1800 750 750 to discuss with one of our friendly and understanding consultants.
The Energy Retail Code, which sets out retailers obligations and minimum customer entitlements, takes precedence over this customer payment support policy in all circumstances.
In accordance with the Energy Retail Code Tas Gas Retail offers a range of standard and tailored payment options to assist you with your budgeting and help avoid those large seasonal bills (bill shock). Your rights and entitlements under the Energy Retail Code include:
How can we help?
Do you qualify?
Tas Gas Retail’s customer payment support program is available to Victorian residential customers who are experiencing temporary or long-term financial difficulty that makes it hard to pay their gas bill.
We offer personal support
We know that every circumstance is different. So we'll consider your current financial situation and what you can afford to pay before we make any recommendations – that way, your support is tailored to you.
As part of our program you can access a flexible payment arrangement or get advice on your future energy costs and how you can lower them. And if you can't pay your ongoing energy usage costs, you may be entitled to additional support suchas;
Our consultants can provide information about government concessions and rebates, Centrelink's Centrepay facility or our convenient payment options. Whatever support you need, one of our trained consultants can help.
Tas Gas Retail will attempt to identify those customers that are experiencing payment difficulties that may benefit from being in our program. We will do this by looking at any signals of financial difficulties that our customers may have by, amongst other things, regularly monitoring our payments reports. This may show an excessive use of energy or consistently overdue accounts.
We will act on such information as soon as practicable by discretely and sensitively contacting these customers to establish whether they may be suffering financial difficulty.
Of course, everyone’s circumstances are different. In some cases it may be necessary to refer you to an independent financial counselling service. Our staff will make a decision about this based on their training and their discussions with you.
The financial counselling service will be able to review your situation in greater detail and help you to better plan your budget. We can then work with you or the counselling service to provide you with a payment plan that works for you.
Helping you help yourself.
Our aim is to keep you connected!
Tas Gas Retail recognises that financial hardship may be suffered occasionally, and in some cases on a permanent basis. If you should find yourself in financial hardship, Tas Gas Retail will strive to keep you connected.
As your energy provider we have many ways we can help you with your energy bills. In order for us to provide you with the best possible service, we need you to help us. Your obligations under the Energy Retail Code include:
We want to help you get back in control of your energy bills!
Will anyone else find out about my financial difficulties?
No. Your privacy is important to us.
Our team will assist you with compassion and understanding that includes keeping your information confidential.
Tas Gas Retail can also offer you a long term payment plan that allows you to pay the same amount off your account weekly, fortnightly or monthly. The amount you pay can be based on an estimate of your usage to ensure your account is manageable and within your budget. This amount is reviewed by us at least annually to see if any adjustments need to be made.
Centrepay – the easy way to pay your bills and expenses Centrepay is a voluntary bill-paying service that is free for Centrelink customers. Use Centrepay to arrange regular Deductions from your Centrelink payment. You can start or change a Deduction at any time. The quickest way to do it is through your Centrelink account online.
You can use Centrepay to pay bills and ongoing expenses like rent, gas, electricity, water and phone, as well as other household costs.
Please visit Centrepay for more information.
If you find that you cannot pay your bill in full when you receive it, contact Tas Gas Retail to organise a payment plan to pay off the remaining amount. You can put it into weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments until the amount is paid, up until the date of your next scheduled meter read.
A 10-day extension from the bill due date is available when you need more time to pay. You can request an extension using our payment extension form or by calling 1800 750 750.
Our friendly Customer Service staff are available from 8.30 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday to assist you, please contact 1800 750 750 to discuss your options.