The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to reduce delays in connecting power to new houses, to get more Victorians into homes quicker.
The Labor Government has asked the Essential Services Commission (ESC) to investigate the practices of electricity distribution businesses that connect electricity to Victoria’s new property developments.
The ESC will provide urgent advice to the Government on the extent and causes of these delays and how they can best be addressed, including potential action through Victoria’s regulatory framework.
The Government has written to the ESC requesting final advice by 18 September 2018.
This is one of the many ways the Labor Government is taking action to boost supply and make housing more affordable.
Through Homes for Victorians, the Labor Government is introducing the most comprehensive package of housing reforms in the state’s history.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas
“Delays in electricity connections mean delays in getting Victorians into their new homes – we’ll get to the cause of these setbacks and determine how to best fix them.”
“We want people to move into their new homes as quickly as possible, and that includes getting electricity connected as soon as possible.”
Quotes attributable to Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia Mike Zorbas
“Getting the umpire on the field is most welcome."
“With 12,000 new Victorians each month, every week of delay in delivering new housing adds to costs for the community, buyers and renters."
Reviewed 19 August 2020