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Energy concessions in every state: Victoria, Queensland, WA, SA, ACT, Tasmania, NSW, NT

Millions of Australians can receive hundreds of dollars in credit towards their power bill.

Hikes in the cost of petrol, electricity and food has seen many Australian households struggling to make ends meet, prompting state government’s to offer the free cash.

Here’s a breakdown of the energy payment by state: 

Victoria 

Victorians can bank $250 if they shop around for a better energy deal, as the state’s default offer rises amid rising expenses and inflation.

From Friday, the one-off Power Saving Bonus will open to all Victorian households who compare their energy deal through the Victorian Energy Compare website under an expanded state government program.

The new payment, announced as part of Victoria’s pre-election state budget in May, will be available to any household with an energy bill, and people won’t need to change providers to be eligible.

Victorian households can now apply for a one-off Power Saving Bonus worth $250 by comparing their energy deal through the Victorian Energy Compare website

Nearly 400,000 concession-card holders who have claimed the $250 payment over the past financial year can immediately re-apply.

Applications close on June 30, 2023. 

The government says seven out of 10 past users of the comparison website saved an average of $330 a year by switching energy offers.

Victoria has about 2.5 million households and the program is budgeted for one million to apply.

Premier Daniel Andrews warned Victorian’s not to ‘break the internet’ in a tweet about applying for the new cash offer on Thursday after several Victoria handouts were recently plagued by website crashes.

Premier Daniel Andrews warned Victorians not to 'break the internet' by flooding website applications on Friday as it will remain open until June 30, 2023

Premier Daniel Andrews warned Victorians not to ‘break the internet’ by flooding website applications on Friday as it will remain open until June 30, 2023

However, Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio is confident the technology will hold up.

‘The team at DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) have been working very feverishly to ensure we’ve got the systems to be able to meet all of our needs,’ Ms D’Ambrosio said.

She reminded Victorians the payment is available for 12 months, providing ample time for people to apply.

For more information visit the Victorian Energy Compare website (the page may take time to view on July 1 due to high-volume traffic).

The government says seven out of 10 past users of Victorian Energy Compare saved an average of $330 a year by switching energy offers

The government says seven out of 10 past users of Victorian Energy Compare saved an average of $330 a year by switching energy offers

It comes on the same day the Victorian Default Offer – which helps Victorians understand what they should be paying for power – rises by about five per cent.

The VDO estimates the change will increase annual bills by $61 for households and $270 for small businesses.

A jump in petrol, electricity and food prices saw other states introduce their own cost-of-living crisis payouts to pre-election budgets to help struggling Aussies cope. 

Western Australia

Western Australians are due to receive a $400 power bill credit on Saturday through the Synergy Household Electricity Credit scheme.

The credit will appear on residents’ first electricity bill sent on or after 2 July.

For more information click here.

Western Australians are due to receive a $400 power bill credit on their first power bill on or after Saturday, July 2

Western Australians are due to receive a $400 power bill credit on their first power bill on or after Saturday, July 2

New South Wales 

New South Wales households with dependent children will also be eligible for an energy bill credit worth $180.

The NSW Family Energy Rebate is open to residents who received the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) last financial year and had their entitlement to the FTB payments finalised by Centrelink.

Applications for this financial year’s rebate closed on June 30 but will re-open for the next financial year on August 30. 

For more information click here.

South Australia 

Eligible South Australians on low or fixed incomes can apply for to receive up to $241.63 a year to help cover energy payments, including fuels used to generate energy (eg LPG bottled gas and petrol).

Eligible residents should also apply for the SA Concessions Energy Discount Offer.

People living in residential parks may be eligible for the Residential Park Concessions.

For more information click here.

Concession card holders in Queensland, ACT, and Tasmania can apply for energy discounts and rebates

Concession card holders in Queensland, ACT, and Tasmania can apply for energy discounts and rebates

Queensland 

Queensland pensioners, seniors, veterans and asylum seekers may be eligible for the Electricity Rebate (worth $372.20 a year) or the Reticulated Natural Gas Rebate (worth $80.77 a year). 

Rebates are automatically deducted from your bill. 

Residents wanting to apply should contact their electricity or gas provider, you will need a copies of your bills and concession card.

Queensland concession card holders experiencing an unforeseen energy emergency or a short-term financial crisis can also apply for a one-off payment up to $720 every 2 years under the Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme.

For more information on the rebate click here.

For more information on emergency energy assistance click here.

Northern Territory 

Members of the Northern Territory (NT) Concession Scheme can claims up to $1,200 a year for their primary residential household electricity costs.

For more information click here.

Several states introduced new energy payments as part of their pre-election budgets to help address the cost-of-living crisis

Several states introduced new energy payments as part of their pre-election budgets to help address the cost-of-living crisis

Australia Capital Territory 

The ACT Utilities Concession Scheme offers low income households and concession card holders an annual combined rebate of up to $750.

The rebate helps to cover electricity, natural gas, water, and sewage costs and is calculated on a daily basis, with rates depending on the season.

For more information click here.

Tasmania

Concession card holders in Tasmania can apply for an annual electricity concession (worth $1.40 a day) and a heating allowance (worth $56 a year).

The government also provides a one-off $125 Winter Energy Supplement to eligible concession customers as well as life support and medical heating/cooling energy concessions.

For more information click here. 

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