The Essential Services Commission regulates prices and service standards for water and sewerage services provided by Victoria’s government-owned water corporations.
Prices are established in the commission’s price determinations, and are based on pricing proposals designed and submitted by each water business. Service standards are set out in the commission’s customer service codes and are reflected in the businesses’ pricing proposals.
Water businesses are the best source of information about their prices, services and other issues relevant to their customers. They are well prepared to receive and respond to customer concerns or complaints related to their services, and should be the first point of contact for such matters. They can also provide you with information about your consumer protections and explain how these are applied.
If you are unhappy with how your water business has responded you can explore a range of options:
- Ask your water business to escalate the matter internally to a more senior management level.
- Contact the Energy and Water Ombudsman (Victoria). The ombudsman provides a free and informal dispute resolution service to help customers resolve complaints with water businesses.
- Discuss water policy and water resources with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The department manages groundwater, catchments and waterways, infrastructure, water saving and re-use projects, flood management, governance and water legislation.
- Explore options with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The tribunal is the appropriate forum for commercial disputes over developer contributions to new water and sewerage connections.
We can help water customers experiencing family violence
If you are experiencing family violence or payment difficulty, water businesses have policies and processes in place to help you.
There are many support options available for water customers who are experiencing family violence:
- EWOV can help water customers experiencing family violence if they need to resolve dispute with their water business.
- A customer’s water business can also provide referrals for specialist family violence services.
We run occasional phone surveys
You may receive a phone call asking questions about which water business you use and how satisfied you are with the service. This is a trial to provide us with data from real customers about their level of satisfaction.
The survey is being conducted by a reputable research company and we have taken all reasonable steps to ensure your information is protected during the survey process. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about this survey in our related FAQs document.