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2021-22 electricity charges for IOT

Number: A51/2021

Date: 31 December 2021

Following an annual review, electricity fees for the Indian Ocean Territories (IOT) have been updated to align to those in Western Australia (WA).

Following the review, the fees have increased by 1.75% for business, residential, community service, charitable residential and business residential premises. There is no increase to the government supply charges or consumption fees and service fees have not increased.

These latest updates to the electricity fees see IOT communities paying the same as, or similar to, electricity users in WA, in line with the Australian Government's commitment that communities in the external territories have comparable services and essential infrastructure to mainland Australia.

Extracts of the amended fees are attached for your information.

Please note that these fees are the same as those applied in remote locations in Western Australia and relatively similar to that applied in WA metropolitan regions, less the GST component.

The Australian Government continues to subsidise the provision of electricity in the IOT.

Copies of the full fee Determinations and associated Explanatory Statements for each Territory can be found at the Federal Register of Legislation’s website at by searching for the relevant Determination using the F code:

  • Christmas Island Utilities and Services (Electricity Supply and Services Fees) Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Determination 2021 [F2021L01786]
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands Utilities and Services (Electricity Supply and Services Fees) Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Determination 2021 [F2021L01782].

The revised rates listed in these Determinations take effect from 1 January 2022.

Natasha Griggs
Administrator of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands