Electricity in Queensland

The electricity industry is made up of 4 distinct, yet interconnected, sectors involved in producing electricity and delivering it to homes and businesses - electricity generation, transmission, distribution, and retail.

The Queensland generation sector has a mixture of government and private ownership, while the transmission and distribution sector is entirely government-owned. In the retail sector there are 27 privately owned licensed retailers. Ergon Energy (government-owned) also provides retail services to regional Queensland where the electricity market is mostly subsidised.

The Queensland Government owns electricity assets worth about $8 billion in generation, more than $3.9 billion in transmission and more than $13 billion in distribution.

In addition, significant capital investment is being committed to transmission infrastructure (Powerlink) and distribution networks (ENERGEX and Ergon Energy) over the next 5 years.

This guide provides an overview of the electricity industry in Queensland.

Last reviewed
April 8, 2016