Opening and closing accounts
Home owner-occupiers and almost all tenants (including public housing tenants) are responsible for their own electricity and gas accounts. Rental leases will specify if the landlord is responsible for these bills.
You should contact the energy supplier a few days before you move in so that electricity and gas can be connected.
When you open an account in your name, you take responsibility for all future bills on that account. Even if the account is in more than one name, each person can be held responsible for the debt.
If the account holder moves out, the supplier cannot ask any of the people remaining to pay any outstanding amount. If you intend to stay in a property after the account holder has moved out, contact the supplier as soon as possible to open an account in your name.
Usually you need to give the supplier a few days' notice when you want to close the account or when the name on the account changes.