Our response to COVID-19 prioritises keeping people safe, keeping the lights on and helping people facing hardship through a time of great uncertainty.
Help for customers in hardship
Your electricity retailer can help provide assistance tailored to your needs including:
- the flexibility to spread the cost of your power bill over an extended period or defer payment to an agreed date
- providing a guarantee that your lights will stay on until you get back on your feet
- waiving the usual fees for late payment and reconnection
- making sure you’re on the right energy plan for your needs now
- letting you know about discounts and government rebates
- read more about how we assist with financial hardship.
Frequently asked questions
I can’t pay my bill due to the impact of COVID-19. What can I do?
Please contact your electricity retailer to discuss the support available to help you stay connected and manage your electricity bill. Your electricity retailer can provide help tailored to your needs.
Will there be an increase in network charges as a result of COVID-19?
No. Endeavour Energy charges make up about 30% of your power bill. The Australian Energy Regulator has approved our network charges from 1 July 2021 which will mean a 1.4% decrease to the average electricity bill. We are continuing to work hard so our customers can continue to receive real network price reductions over the long term, which are already the lowest in NSW and among the lowest per unit in the National Electricity Market.
Will COVID-19 impact my electricity supply?
We have robust plans to maintain your electricity supply and do not foresee any issues meeting your power needs due to COVID-19. Our workers are continuing to safely restore supply after faults and emergencies as well as undertaking other critical maintenance.
I am a life support customer – what does this mean for me?
Our obligations in relation to life support customers have not changed. See here for further information.
Why is my power being interrupted for maintenance during COVID-19?
With people working and schooling from home, we’re making sure your power is there when you need it the most. Critical maintenance is an essential part of maintaining safe and reliable power to homes and businesses.
We have re-assessed all work where interruptions are needed in light of COVID-19 so that only those critical are proceeding. Where critical maintenance is necessary, we are minimising the duration and frequency of interruptions wherever possible.
Can I still call if I have a problem with my power supply?
Absolutely. You can report electrical hazards and check estimated restoration times by:
- calling 131 003 to report life-threatening emergencies such as fallen powerlines
- contacting us on Facebook
- logging outages here
- entering your suburb into our outage form here.
Alternatively, please contact our Customer Service team on 133 718 from 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday.
What is Endeavour Energy doing to keep customers safe from COVID-19?
We are following expert health advice of the Australian and NSW governments, NSW Health and the World Health Organisation which includes:
- practicing social distancing to minimise the spread of COVID-19
- not entering your home or business to provide our typical services
- using increased infection control in line with health advice to keep you and workers safe.
There is a planned outage at my place soon, but I have stored a lot of food in my fridge and freezer because of the virus. Will it go off?
The NSW Food Authority advises that food can last in an unopened fridge without power for up to four hours, and frozen foods can often last a day or more. We would encourage you to proactively preserve your food by considering freezing it or, storing it elsewhere.
What else should I do to prepare for a planned outage?
Please see here for helpful information to reduce impacts during critical maintenance works.
Does Endeavour Energy have enough staff to respond to emergency outages?
Yes. Critical maintenance operations are not affected. As a precautionary measure, we have put in place rotating rosters for workers who deliver critical customer services to reduce the risk of infection if a team member is exposed to COVID-19.
If COVID-19 has a significant impact on workers in a particular region, crews from surrounding locations will step in just as they do now, such as when extra support is needed to restore power supply after storms or bushfires.
If I report a fault and someone at the property is self-isolating or quarantined or has been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed coronavirus will your crews still come?
We are asking you to help keep our crews safe by following a few simple precautions: When reporting faults, please notify us if anyone at the property is self-isolating or quarantined or has been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus.
When you either call us or report power outages online, please let us know if there are any infections in the household.
This does not mean we will not attend to your case, but it helps our crews take additional precautions.
Keeping people safe
Our priority is to keep our worksites COVID free so customers continue to enjoy a safe and reliable power supply.
Endeavour Energy follows government and medical expert advice to shape how we manage our operations and safely deliver services to customers and communities throughout this pandemic.
Our response is guided by our Pandemic Emergency Management Plan and COVID-19 Safety Plan. We are proud to be certified as a COVID Safe business with NSW Health.
We have taken extra steps to keep people safe during the pandemic including:
- strict isolation protocols and separate work locations, backups and rostering in critical service areas that sustain services provided to customers
- extra precautions for crews in the field to maintain social distancing and increase exclusion zones around work sites
- closing sites to visitors except for deliveries from essential suppliers
- using technology platforms to limit face-to-face interactions between workers wherever possible
- additional cleaning of sites, workplaces and vehicles
- extra personal hygiene protocols and protective equipment for workers and contractors.
We will review and adjust our plans and operational practices as needed.
Keeping the lights on
As an essential service provider to over one million homes and businesses, we’re working hard to keep people and the community safe while keeping your lights on and businesses running.
Endeavour Energy is well versed in emergency management and has robust plans to maintain your essential power supply while also keeping people safe.
We continue to follow the advice from government and medical experts to shape how we manage our operations and safely deliver services to customers and communities throughout this pandemic.
Minimising the disruption of electricity supply for customers is of paramount importance
We’re making sure your power is there when you need it the most.
Critical maintenance is an essential part of maintaining safe and reliable power to homes and businesses throughout winter and into bushfire season to maintain your safety and prevent even more inconvenient and potentially longer interruptions.
This critical work is needed to avoid potentially catastrophic faults that could put your safety at risk and cause even longer unplanned outages.
Please see here for the latest updates on power supply to your area.
We will keep retailers updated if there are changes to our operations that impact the processing of service orders and meter reads.
We understand customer contact centres may be facing significant additional call volumes and we are happy to work with you to advise customers of your alternate contact options.
If you are having difficulty in contacting Endeavour Energy or require escalation of any issues, please email: email@example.com.
Endeavour Energy is an essential service that must continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is vital that Endeavour Energy responds effectively to the evolving COVID-19 crisis. As such, our response has three key objectives:
- protect the health and wellbeing of our employees, contractors, suppliers and their families
- minimise the risk of our workplace being a potential source of infection into the broader community and
- minimise the risk of disruptions to our operations.
To keep our staff and suppliers safe we have implemented a range of protocols and obligations for to deliveries to our warehouse and stores.
All deliveries to our sites must follow these delivery protocols. Drivers and their assistants will be briefed upon arrival of the measures they must undertake during the delivery to prevent the risk of contamination.
Our essential suppliers during COVID-19
We rely on key suppliers to continue our operations during the pandemic. We have assessed all our suppliers according to a criteria aimed at fulfilling critical operating requirements against our responsibility to support government directives to limit the free movement of people to stop the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to comply with government decisions about restrictions as they are announced.
Health and safety obligations of suppliers during COVID-19
All our suppliers must take reasonable steps to manage infection control in their own workplace. All suppliers and contractors must work with their respective Endeavour Energy representatives to ensure the health and safety of customers and workers during the pandemic. Steps for correct personal hygiene and social distancing in the workplace can be found at the Australian Department of Health website.
Reporting a case of COVID-19 in the supply chain
You must email our Head of Procurement, Logistics & Fleet firstname.lastname@example.org immediately if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 within your workforce or your immediate supply chain and this person(s) either had or may have had direct contact with an Endeavour Energy employee. Please supply the details of the worker and other relevant facts such as the date, time and persons contacted.
Any questions suppliers may have about your health and safety obligations when supplying Endeavour Energy can be directed to your procurement contact at Endeavour Energy. If you are unsure of who this is, please direct enquiries to: email@example.com.