NSW, QLD, VIC, ACT, WA TAS, SA, NT power bill rebates as Australians fight cost of living crisis
Fighters and families struggling in Australia’s cost of living could cut their bills by hundreds of dollars if new initiatives are launched to try and help.
In every state, governments and service providers have announced emergency measures, most of which target one of its biggest cost outbursts, sky-high utility bills.
Electricity prices are rising as a result of rising wholesale prices, which have risen an average of 141 percent across Australia over the past year.
Queensland was hardest hit with wholesale electricity prices rising 285 percent.
Millions of Australian families and businesses will face electricity bill nightmares within weeks, with energy costs set to double as the cost of living continues to rise
In recent days, households have started receiving “terrifying” letters from their energy companies warning that running costs will rise in some cases as much as $1,200 a year for an average three- to four-person household.
The costs of coal and gas, which have more than doubled, are behind the increases. Queensland is more dependent on coal than other states.
In recent days, many consumers have received “terrifying” letters from their energy companies warning that running costs will in some cases rise as much as $1,200 per year for an average three- to four-person household.
The surge in electricity costs is the latest devastating blow to households struggling to cope with the cost of living after the first gasoline prices, when grocery bills started to climb.
But many states are now digging deep to try to help.
Every Victorian household is eligible for a one-time $250 energy savings bonus available from July 1
Significant new support measures are in place for families in NSW as rising costs of household power put pressure on parents
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Nearly 50,000 low-income households in NSW are now eligible for up to $1,600 per year in support payments.
Eligible customers experiencing financial difficulties can receive assistance up to $400 per application for electricity and up to $400 per application for gas bills twice a year.
NSW has a $200 senior electric bill discount for self-funded retirees. It cannot be used to pay gas bills.
There are also significant new supports for families.
NSW has a $200 senior electric bill discount for self-funded retirees. It cannot be used to pay gas bills
For utility bill holders who qualified for the family tax benefit, a $180 family discount is available.
These are parents with a dependent child or high school student aged 16 to 19 who receive no government benefits and spend at least 35 percent of their time with that parent.
They must also pass a substance test.
Under the Active Kids program, parents of children between the ages of 4.5 and 18 can receive two $100 vouchers.
Families with children ages 4 to 13 who attend a primary school in NSW can receive a $500 voucher per child to reduce the out-of-pocket costs of before and after school care.
This also applies to children entering kindergarten in 2022.
Millions of Australians qualify for rebates as electricity costs continue to rise
Parents can also get $100 to cover the cost of swimming lessons.
The First Lap voucher program offers a $100 voucher for parents, guardians and guardians of children aged 3-6 who are not enrolled in school, towards the cost of swimming lessons.
With evening temperatures regularly dropping below zero, no major city in Australia gets as cold as Canberra.
So it makes sense that residents of Australia’s capital would get some of the country’s biggest energy discounts to help cover their huge utility bills.
Beginning July 1, low-income households can request a rebate of up to $800 per year.
Anyone with a pension, a Centrelink payment or a low income health card can apply.
Retirees and concession card holders in Queensland get a $340.85 discount on their electric bill plus another $76.19 on gas bills.
To receive these discounts, retirees and concession card holders must apply directly to their electricity or gas dealer.
Other Queensland households will receive a $175 cost of living rebate of $175 automatically credited to utility bills before the end of 2022.
An additional asset ownership dividend will be credited to household accounts.
In Victoria, there are several discounts and schemes to help reduce household costs.
Each Victorian household eligibility for a one-time $250 energy savings bonus is available July 1, according to financial expert Brooke Corte, who detailed the cost savings she explored on A Current Affair.
It is available for families using the Victorian energy equation website†
Consumers have received ‘terrifying’ letters in recent days from their energy companies warning that running costs will in some cases rise as much as $1,200 per year for an average three- to four-person household.
Households that have previously applied for an energy savings bonus are still eligible.
Victoria’s answer to NSW Dine and Discover vouchers comes in the form of 25 percent cash back on dining and entertainment bills.
The scheme applies to purchases of $40 or more and has a limit of $125.
All families who believe solar is the answer can take up the Victorian government’s $1,400 rebate for solar installations.
All households can be credited directly to their utility bills up to $400 after July 1.
Synergy or Horizon customers apply directly through their retailer.
Households registered with another energy dealer must register by telephone
Concession card holders can also request a payment of $310.60 through the power concession extension scheme.
A concession card holder with one child will receive $326.60 and $85.58 for each additional child.
The WA has also announced a new Electric Vehicle (EV) support package.
Anyone who buys an electric car worth $70,000 or less can claim a $3,500 discount.
People with a low income can apply for a living allowance from 1 July to use paying items such as municipal rates, energy and medical bills.
For “homeowner-occupiers” the rate is $449, self-funded retirees and renters get up to $224.60.
Recently, a $233 South Australian utility bill discount was announced for retirees, seniors, veterans and those on low incomes.
People in SA can request a discount on their water bills of between $130 and $320 and up to $119.50 on sewage costs.
On Friday, the Tasmanian government announced several cuts under its winter energy assistance package.
It includes a $180 “winter bill discount” for concession card holders.
Concession card holders and retirees can get up to $1,200 a year off their electric bills.
Only one person can submit an application.
Other cost savings for retirees and concession card holders in the NT include: an $800 annual water rebate, $486.12 off sewer bills, $200 off municipal rates and other essential services, $150 on garbage costs, and $154 on vehicle registration.