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What is the DMO and what does it mean for you?
The Default Market Offer (DMO) is a government initiative to make electricity prices more affordable and easier to understand. The DMO represents a benchmark, or reference price, for setting and explaining prices to a wide range of customers. Learn more about what this means for you.
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From 1 July 2019, the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) set regulated price caps for electricity customers on most ‘standing offers’ in NSW, South Australia and south-east Queensland. This is known as the Default Market Offer (DMO).
The price cap is calculated based on prescribed usage levels for an average customer. This means individual customers may pay more than the annual cap if their usage exceeds the average.
The Federal Government introduced the DMO to make energy prices more affordable for customers. The initial price cap applies from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, differing across distribution areas and tariff types. From 1 July 2020, new price caps will be introduced.
You’re only on a ‘standing offer’ if you haven’t signed up to a specific energy plan, called a ‘market contract’. Most AGL customers are on a market contract.
Read our 'Why is electricity pricing changing in your state' article for more information.
The Reference Price is a benchmark price that makes it easier for home and small business customers to compare electricity plans. It is an annual amount, which is based on the price caps for standing offers and a ‘model’ usage amount set by the AER.
Retailers are required to compare the electricity prices they offer (including for their ‘market contract’ plans) to the Reference Price in a range of advertising and customer communications. This means that when you’re comparing prices for electricity plans, you can expect to see those prices advertised as % less than (or more than) the Reference Price.
Government regulations also require retailers to state a ‘lowest possible price’, based on the model usage amount set by the AER. Since this usage amount is a representative example only, your bill will differ based on your actual usage.
For more information on how it’s calculated, see our reference price explainer.
From July 1 2019, the government introduced reference pricing to help customers compare costs across retailers and make energy easier.
Discounts shown on new plans may be lower as the discount is now taken off the reference price and lower electricity rates.
A higher discount doesn’t necessarily equate to actual value, so it’s important to review and compare rates, while also considering your kWh usage and supply charges. Although a discount is lower on one plan, the cost of a plan with low rates can be just as valuable.
We encourage you to look more closely at your rates to best compare your plan. To view your rates, please see the usage and supply charges section on your bill.
If you’re an AGL customer on a standing offer covered by the DMO, we automatically adjusted your rates on July 1 2019 to ensure they comply with the default price cap. You'll stay on a standard retail contract unless you decide to switch to a market contract plan that suits you, which could provide better value for money.
If you’re on an AGL market contract plan (on a tariff covered by the DMO rules), you can expect to see comparisons to the Reference Price when we offer you new prices under your plan, or any other plan.
Get in touch with one of our team members on 131 245 and they can answer any questions you may have.