Brisbane Utility Costs



Brisbane provides an attractive investment environment for the location of industry, with its abundance of reliable and secure electricity supplies at competitive prices. Queensland participates in the National Electricity Market, which covers Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia, ensuring that power demands can be met by an integrated national network. 

Comparison of Residential Electricity Prices










2014/15 26.83 28.46 25.98 20.14 27.24 31.38 22.18 24.97 25.74
2016/17 (forecast) 27.08 31.42 23.74 19.12 28.29 30.35 22.51 28.58 27.36
Average annual rate of change from current 2014/15 to 2016/17 0.13 1.48 -1.12 -0.51 0.53 -0.51 0.17 1.81 0.81

Sources: Australian Energy Market Commission 2014

The majority of the electricity in Queensland is generated, transmitted and distributed by government-owned corporations that maintain electricity generation, transmission and distribution assets worth more than $26 billion. These corporations include: CS Energy and Stanwell (generation); Powerlink Queensland (transmission); and ENERGEX and Ergon Energy (distribution). Queensland participates in the competitive National Electricity Market

Although the above table comparing electricity costs by state, and referencing residential usage, it is relative when comparing costs on an industrial usage basis. 


Seqwater provides bulk water storage and treatment services to the South East Queensland water grid, owning, managing and operating physical assets with an estimated value of more than $10 billion. It has responsibility for managing 26 dams and 47 weirs across the region including the Wivenhoe, Somerset, and North Pine Dams, Hinze Dam on the Gold Coast and Baroon Pocket Dam on the Sunshine Coast. In addition, Seqwater operates 46 water treatment plants, a 600km network of bulk supply line pipelines, and the Gold Coast desalination plant (Seqwater, 2014). 


Brisbane is well serviced by gas – both natural gas and LPG. Gas consumption in Queensland has more than doubled in the past 10 years to approximately 240 PJ per year, with particular growth in the industrial sector (Queensland Government, Gas Market Review, 2012). Brisbane’s natural gas supply comes via the Roma-Brisbane pipeline, with gas supplied via the distribution networks.

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