Essential Energy
Profile Industry : Mining, Resources and Energy
Location : New South Wales
SECTOR : State Government
INCLUSIVE PROGRAMS : Pride in Diversity

Essential Energy is one of Australia’s largest electricity distribution networks, spanning 95% of NSW to deliver electricity to communities in regional, rural and remote NSW communities and parts of southern Qld.

At Essential Energy, our vision is to empower communities to share and use energy for a better tomorrow.

With around 3,000 employees in 100 locations around NSW, we look after the poles and wires that deliver power to more than 170 hospitals, 1,250 schools and 840,000 homes and businesses by:

• being on call 24/7 to fix power outages

• maintaining the poles and wires to meet customers’ needs

• keeping downward pressure on network charges

• investing in innovative and cost-effective ways to provide our services.

For power outages and network enquiries, we’ve got you covered. For billing and new connections, contact your electricity retailer.


Essential Energy has almost 100 depots and offices located in regional, rural and remote areas across 95% of NSW and parts of southern Queensland.

Key Professions:

Engineers, Powerline Workers, Project Managers, Technology Experts, Business & Data Analysts and professionals in Customer Service, Human Resources, Corporate Services, Finance, Property, Fleet, IT, and Corporate Governance, there are new opportunities all the time


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Size of Organisation

Over 2,900 employees across 100 regional offices and depots.

Organisational Benefits

Essential Energy offers a constant stream of career development opportunities in your chosen profession alongside opportunities to accrue new skills and alternative career directions, all based in some of the most picturesque coastal towns and regional, rural and remote communities in NSW.

As a manager of critical infrastructure, every role within Essential Energy puts you at the heart of the communities we serve. Our values reflect this and are centred on making safety your own, being easy to do business with, making every dollar count, being courageous to shape the future, and being inclusive, supportive and honest.

Working at Essential Energy, you can be part of a business that is constantly evolving to ensure we continuously improve safety performance, operate at industry best practice for value and efficiency, keep downward pressure on network charges, and make a satisfactory return on capital employed.


We embrace inclusion and diversity within our workplace and are committed to creating a welcoming, fair and collaborative working environment where people from all backgrounds can work together to reach their fullest potential.

Our aim is to apply inclusion and diversity to every aspect of our business and to develop and maintain a culturally diverse, aware and tolerant organisation. Equal access for all to employment opportunities, professional development and workplace participation are central in our approach to providing a working environment where everyone feels safe, motivated, valued and respected.

Our established, organisation-wide Ally network enjoys executive-level sponsorship to actively support and promote LGBTI inclusion in all areas of our business. This was demonstrated recently in a series of “Wear it Purple” events staged across offices and depots throughout the State with extensive voluntary participation by employees from all areas of the business.

Bret Burton, Snr Project Manager – Port Macquarie

I have been working at Essential Energy for over 10 years in various roles within the Business. I am currently working as a Technical Project Manager. I was lucky enough to take nearly 20 months off recently and returned to the organisation and was welcomed back with open arms.

I am in my 50’s and have identified as a gay man since I was 16yo and in all my interactions with internal and external clients/ customers/ colleagues I have never felt marginalised or like I was not valued as an individual and have always been included as part of the greater team.

Management have always been very supportive and have never allowed gender or sexuality to be an active part of any decision making around delivery or capability.







Jody Lawson,  Risk and Compliance Coordinator – Bathurst

I have worked at Essential Energy for 11 years and have been fortunate to have a career that has grown in many different areas from Recruitment Manager to Project Management, and to my current role of Risk & Compliance Coordinator. I am also a member of the Essential Energy Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) group.

As a member of one of our D&I groups, I get to see firsthand how dedicated Essential Energy is to be creating a working environment that embraces and supports the diversity of its workforce. These groups have not been created as a tick and flick exercise – but rather a true commitment to providing all diversity groups with a voice and developing a workplace culture that fosters inclusive practices and behaviours that benefit all employees.

We recently celebrated ‘Wear it Purple day’ at work and as a participant of these celebrations I was overwhelmed by the support and acceptance shown by both management and my fellow colleagues for our LGBTI community.




James Byrne, Development Delivery Program Manager – Port Macquarie

Working for Essential Energy for over 20 years I have seen a monumental level of change within our organisation, including an increasing level of acceptance and pride for all our organisational brothers and sisters, regardless of their gender, race, age, ability or sexuality.

Essential Energy has become a place that celebrates people! A place that rewards hard work and achievements over societal conformity. A place that actively seeks unique outlooks to ensure we are best placed to meet the current and future challenges of our industry.

Being a proud uncle to multiple nephews and nieces identifying as LGBTI, it is comforting to know that organisations like Essential Energy are committed to providing a safe, inclusive work place for all.

Company Attribute
AWEI Bronze Employer
AWEI Gold Employer
AWEI Participating Employer
AWEI Platinum Employer
AWEI Platinum Qualifier
AWEI Silver Employer
LGBTI Diversity Strategy
LGBTI Employee Network
LGBTI Recruitment Policy
Pride in Diversity Member
Pride in Health Member
Pride in Sport Member
Transitioning Policy for Trans Employees
Essential Energy