Meter readers and dogs

The safety of the distributors’ meter readers is important to Aurora Energy. Often the biggest barrier between the meter reader and your meters is dogs. This does not mean that your dog is dangerous, simply that the safety of the meter reader should not be put at risk under any circumstances.

If records indicate that you have a dog on your property and the meter reader cannot see that your dog has been restrained, they will not enter your property to read the meter if they feel their safety is compromised. If they can't read your meter, then your account will be estimated based on your account history.

To ensure your meter is read accurately, check your bill to find out when they are scheduled to  come, and  safely and visibly secure your dog. You will find your next approximate meter reading date on your current Aurora Energy bill. While the meter readers aim to read your meter on the 'Approximate Next Reading Date', the actual reading may occur one day either side of that.

Aurora Energy keeps records of households that have a dog on their premises. If you no longer have a dog, or if there is a new canine addition to your family please let us know.

To find out more about meter readers and dogs please contact us on 1300 13 2003.

Frequently asked questions

Why do I have to tie my dog up and what does 'visibly restrained' mean?

Your dog needs to be visibly restrained or fenced away from the meter box to ensure the safety of TasNetworks meter readers. When a meter reader has to enter your property to read your meter and they cannot see that your dog is unable to access the area where the meter box is located, they may not enter the property if they feel their safety is compromised.

Can I introduce my dog to the meter reader so he knows the dog and isn't scared of it?

Unfortunately no, this approach will not work as you will not always have the same meter reader visiting your property.

Can the meter reader knock on the door when they are at the house so I can put the dog away?

If our records indicate that you have a dog and the meter ready  can't see that it's visibly restrained, they  will knock on the door, provided they have safe access to the door.

How do I know when your meter readers are coming?

The meter reader will be scheduled to read your meter either on 'Approximate Next Reading Date' on the back of your bill or 1 day on either side of that. 

For more information on meter readers and dogs, visit