Our review of Origin Energy

Origin Energy is an Australian energy retailer offering electricity and gas plans for residences and businesses in VIC, NSW, SA, WA, ACT and QLD. They do not operate in TAS or NT. 

Origin Energy offers a number of plans with low usage and supply rates, including a plan for maximum savings (Max Saver), one for flexibility (Flexi), and one for simplicity (Basic). 

Origin Energy also pays feed-in tariffs to customers for energy generated through solar panels and sent back to the grid. In most states, they offer Solar Boost, a plan designed specifically for solar users with higher feed-in tariffs.

Origin Energy Retailer Overview

EstablishedElectricity AvailabilityGas Availability
Solar Feed-In Plans Customer Review Score 
2000VIC
QLD
NSW
ACT
SA
VIC
QLD
NSW
SA
ACT
WA
Yes1.3/5 from 1,434 reviews

NOTE: All information and details included in this review about Origin Energy plans, discounts, incentives, usage charges, and fees are only accurate at the time of writing, and may not accurately reflect the rates offered when applying. Actual rates may differ based on your location, electricity and gas use, or eligibility for plans.

Origin Energy plans compared

Origin Energy offers a number of residential and business plans including electricity and gas. Their residential plans are set out simply so that customers can choose based on what’s important to them, be it flexibility, savings or simplicity. 

Each Origin residential energy plan features:

  • Online account management and payment
  • Access to the Origin App for account management and payment
  • A 10-day cooling-off period
  • No lock-in contracts or exit fees
  • The option to choose to use only sustainably generated green energy in most locations

Origin Energy also offers commercial plans tailored to suit all businesses from SMEs to large corporations.

Origin Energy Available Plans By State

StateOrigin Max SaverOrigin FlexiOrigin Basic
VICYesYesYes
NSWYes
YesYes
QLDYes
YesYes
SAYes
YesYes
ACTYes
YesYes
WA (Gas Only)Yes
YesYes

Origin Energy plan rates VIC

Origin Energy offers three core residential energy plans in VIC, including both gas and electricity services. We’ve taken a typical energy user from central Melbourne (3000) to show you an example of the costs and rates associated with each Origin Energy plan.

Origin Energy residential plans VIC


Origin Max SaverOrigin FlexiOrigin Basic
Daily supply charge/day electricity (cents)* 114.28
114.28 111.25 
Peak usage charge electricity (cents/kWh) 30.22  
30.2230.94 
Off-peak usage charge electricity (cents/kWh) 19.48 
19.48  19.74
Shoulder usage charge electricity (cents/kWh) N/A
N/A25.97 
Solar feed-in tariff amount (cents/kWh)  12.00 
12.0012.00
Daily supply charge gas (cents/day)** 75.90
75.9075.90
Daily usage charge gas** 1.98 to 2.42 (tiered)   
1.98 to 2.81 (seasonal, tiered)1.98 to 2.42 (tiered)
Average yearly usage cost (electricity only 2-3 people) $1,340 
$1,430 $1,490 

*Citipower time of use pricing
 **Australian Gas Networks

Money Logo Money Tip:

These prices are not fixed. Keep an eye on your email because Origin can change the amount, nature and structure of these charges provided they give you five days notice.

Origin Energy plan fees and charges VIC

Type of FeeCost
Disconnection fee$7.47
Credit card payment fee (may apply to some payment made by VISA debit cards)0.26%
Payment processing fee$2
Paper bill$1.75
Credit card payment fee (VISA credit cards)0.60%
Credit card payment fee (Mastercard debit card)0.32%
Credit card payment fee (Mastercard credit card)0.76%
Distributor charges may also applyN/A
Money Logo Money Tip:

Avoid the payment processing fees for credit cards by logging into Origin Energy Online or the Origin Energy app and paying from your bank account using direct debit or BPAY.

Origin Energy plan rates NSW

Origin Energy NSW offers three core energy plans in NSW, including both electricity and gas services. We’ve taken a typical residential energy user from central Sydney (2000) to show you an example of the costs and rates associated with each Origin Energy plan.

Origin Energy residential plans NSW


ORIGIN MAX SAVER
ORIGIN FLEXIORIGIN BASIC
Daily supply charge/day electricity (cents)* 100.27  
86.38 100.27
Peak usage charge electricity (cents/kWh) 54.88 
29.52  54.88
Off-peak usage charge electricity (cents/kWh) 14.93  
29.52 14.93
Shoulder usage charge electricity (cents/kWh)  24.63 29.52 24.63 
Solar feed-in tariff amount (cents/kWh)   8 
Daily supply charge gas (cents/day)**2.23 to 4.05 (tiered)
2.23 to 4.05 (tiered)2.23 to 4.05 (tiered)
Daily usage charge gas**1.98 to 2.42 (tiered)
1.98 to 2.81 (seasonal, tiered)  1.98 to 2.42 (tiered)
Average yearly usage cost (electricity only 2-3 people) $1,510  
$1,600 $1,690

*Time of use tariff AUSGRID 
**Jemena Gas NSW

Origin Energy plan fees and charges NSW

 Type of Fee
COST 
Disconnection fee$12.24
Reconnection fee$12.24
Late payment fee$12.00
Credit card feesN/A

Origin Energy plan rates SA

Origin Energy has three core energy plans available in SA, including both electricity and gas services. We’ve taken a typical residential energy user from central Adelaide (5000) to show you an example of the costs and rates associated with each Origin Energy plan.

Origin Energy residential plans SA

Origin Max Saver
ORIGIN FLEXIORIGIN BASIC
Daily supply charge/day electricity (cents)*90.81
90.8190.81
Usage charge electricity (cents/kWh)40.24 to 42.94 (tiered) 
40.24 to 42.94 (tiered) 40.24 to 42.94 (tiered) 
Solar feed-in tariff amount (cents/kWh)10
1010
Daily supply charge gas (cents/day)78.69
78.6978.69
Daily usage charge gas**2.18 to 4.57
2.18 to 4.572.18 to 4.57
Average yearly usage cost (electricity only 2-3 people) $1,900   
$1,970$2,270

*Flat rate NSP network

Origin Energy plan fees and charges SA

 Type of Fee
 COST
 Paper bill fee $1.75
 Disconnection fee $50.05
 Reconnection fee $50.05
 Late payment fee $12.00
Other fees$12.10
 Credit card fees apply N/A

Origin Energy plan rates QLD

Origin Energy has three core energy plans available in QLD, including both electricity and gas services. We’ve taken a typical residential energy user from central Brisbane (4000) to show you an example of the costs and rates associated with each Origin Energy plan.

Origin Energy residential plans QLD


 Origin Max Saver   ORIGIN FLEXIORIGIN BASIC
Daily supply charge/day electricity (cents)*  116.06
116.06116.06
Usage charge electricity (cents/kWh) 24.92
24.9224.92
Solar feed-in tariff amount (cents/kWh)7
77
Daily supply charge gas (cents/day)**N/AN/A N/A 
Daily usage charge gas**N/A N/A N/A 
Average yearly usage cost (electricity only 2-3 people) $1,340   
$1,460$1,630

Origin Energy plan fees and charges QLD

 Type of Fee 
COST
Payment processing fee$2.00
Late payment fee$12.00
Disconnection fee$9.23
Reconnection fee$11.58
Other fees$0.07
Credit card fees applyN/A

Origin Energy plan rates ACT

Origin Energy has three core energy plans available in ACT, including both electricity and gas services. We’ve taken a typical residential energy user from central Canberra (2600) to show you an example of the costs and rates associated with each Origin Energy plan.

Origin Energy residential plans ACT

  
ORIGIN MAX SAVERORIGIN FLEXI  ORIGIN BASIC
Daily supply charge/day electricity (cents)* 99.26
79.4899.26
Peak usage charge electricity (cents/kWh)30.88
30.8830.88
Off-peak usage charge electricity (cents/kWh)
17.38N/A17.38
Shoulder usage charge electricity (cents/kWh)
22.03N/A22.03
Solar feed-in tariff amount (cents/kWh)
888
Daily supply charge gas (cents/day)**
N/A79.4879.48
Daily usage charge gas**
N/A2.84 to 3.772.84 to 3.77
Average yearly usage cost (electricity only 2-3 people)
$1,650  $1,470$1,870 

Origin Energy plan fees and charges ACT

 Type of Fee
COST
 Payment processing fee$2.00
 Late payment fee$12.00
 Disconnection fee$37.30
 Move-in / new connection fee$86.21 (one-off)
 Credit card fees applyN/A

Origin Energy Plan Rates WA

Origin Energy offers two core plans in WA, including gas services. Origin Energy does not offer electricity services in WA. We’ve taken a typical residential energy user from central Perth (6000) to show you an example of the costs and rates associated with each Origin Energy plan.

Origin Energy residential plans WA

  Origin Max SaverORIGIN FLEXI
Daily supply charge (cents) 21.9821.98
Gas usage charge (cents per unit)13.69 to 15.18
13.69 to 15.18
IncentivePay on time discountN/A

*ATCO peak only

Origin Energy plan fees and charges WA

 Type of Fee
COST
 Card payment fees0.26% payments made by VISA debit card
0.60% payments made by VISA credit card
0.32% payments made by Mastercard debit
0.72% payments made by Mastercard credit card
Payment processing fee If you pay at an Australia Post outlet, a payment processing fee of the higher of $2.00 or 0.49% may apply.
Late payment fee$12.00
Disconnection fees$54.64 passed through from distributor, may vary
Reconnection fees$29.71 passed through from distributor, may vary
Paper bill fee$1.75 each
Additional fees may applyN/A

Summary of Origin Energy plans

Origin Energy is an energy provider offering a range of plans for both commercial and residential users in Australia. This includes gas and electricity in NSW, Vic, ACT, QLD and SA, and gas only in SA.

They have a low Product Review score of 1.3/5.

Origin Energy FAQs

Can I get Origin Energy electricity and gas in my state?


If you’re in SA, VIC, ACT, QLD or NSW you can get both electricity and gas services from Origin Energy. If you’re in WA you can only get gas.

Does Origin Energy offer business energy plans?


Yes. They offer energy plans tailored to both small and medium-sized businesses and larger corporate or industrial customers.

Does Origin Energy buy solar from its customers?


Yes. Origin Energy offers retailer-funded feed-in tariffs. However, these plans will vary between states and you should always confirm with Origin Energy on the feed-in tariff amount before switching plans.

How do I switch to Origin Energy?


To switch to Origin Energy simply visit their website, choose a plan and enter your details. The switch can be completed online.