SA concessions

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CONCESSION TYPE ELIGIBILITY
Energy concession Concession cardholder OR
Receive an eligible Centrelink payment OR
Are a registered asylum seeker
Emergency electricity payment scheme See below
Medical heating and cooling concession 1. Concession cardholder OR Receive an eligible Centrelink payment
2. Have, or be the parent of a child who has, a qualifying medical condition requiring cooling or heating
Cost of living concession Concession cardholder OR
Receive an eligible Centrelink payment OR
Meet relevant low income requirements

 

To be eligible for any of these concessions (other than the emergency electricity payment scheme, see below) you must be a DC Power Co account holder and a resident of South Australia, and hold one of the following eligible cards or receive one of the following eligible payments.

Eligible cards:

  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Gold Card from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs:
    • marked as totally and permanently incapacitated (TPI), extreme disablement adjustment (EDA), or war widow; or
    • issued to a person with 80 or more overall impairment points under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
  • Low Income Health Care Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

 
Eligible Centrelink or government payments:

  • Newstart Allowance
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Widow Allowance
  • Youth Allowance
  • Partner Allowance
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Community Development Employment Project (CDEP)
  • New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
  • ABSTUDY
  • Austudy
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • War widow pension under legislation of the United Kingdom or New Zealand.


 
Any additional eligibility requirements associated with a particular concession type are detailed below.

Please note, the information provided on this page is current as at 16 August 2019. We take reasonable steps to keep this information up to date, however you can always confirm the information applicable to your circumstances through the relevant government website.

 

Energy concession

Eligible customers on low or fixed incomes can apply for help with the cost of energy bills for their principal place of residence.

The concession amount is indexed each financial year. For 2019-20, you may be eligible to receive up to $226.67 to cover both electricity and gas payments (including LPG bottled gas). If approved, your energy concession will be applied directly to your electricity bills.
 

Eligibility

To be eligible for the energy concession, you must be a DC Power Co account holder:

  • live at the property;
  • hold an eligible concession card or receive an eligible Centrelink payment;
  • not be living with anyone who has an income of more than $3,000 per year, unless they:
    • get an allowance from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA); or
    • are your spouse, domestic partner or dependant.

 
If you are a verified asylum seeker, and your principal place of residence is in South Australia, you can apply for an energy concession through your status resolution support service (SRSS) if you:

  • are receiving case management and/or support from an organisation contracted by the Department of Home Affairs to provide services under the SRSS program;
  • meet low income requirements;
  • hold an energy account in your name for your principal place of residence; and
  • are not living with anyone who earns more than $3,000 per year.

 

How to apply

To apply for the energy concession, you can:

  • complete the South Australian Government household concessions form online; or
  • download the form (or contact ConcessionsSA on 1800 307 758 or [email protected] and request that the form be sent to you) and return the completed and signed form by email to [email protected] or by post (no postage stamp required) to:

ConcessionsSA
Reply Paid 292
Adelaide SA 5001     

Please note, if you are an asylum seeker, contact your SRSS provider to apply for the energy concession.
 

More information

For further information on the energy concession, please visit the South Australian Government’s website at https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/care-and-support/financial-support/concessions/energy-bill-concessions.

 

Emergency electricity payment scheme

The emergency electricity payment scheme provides assistance to households in a financial crisis who are unable to pay their electricity account. 

Payments are provided to low income households who have been disconnected or are at risk of disconnection. Applicants are entitled to apply for an emergency electricity payment once every three years (each three year period starting from the date of the last scheme payment). Applications must be completed with the assistance of a financial counsellor.

For further information on the scheme, please call ConcessionsSA on 1800 307 758 or visit the South Australian Government website.

 

Medical heating and cooling concession

The medical heating and cooling concession assists customers on a fixed or low income who have a clinically verified medical condition which requires frequent heating or cooling at their property. The concession is indexed each financial year and is currently $226.67 per year.  The concession applies in addition to the energy concession.

If your application is approved, the South Australian Department of Human Services will pay you the concession.
 

Eligibility

To be eligible for the medical heating and cooling concession, you must:

  • live at the address on the application form;
  • have, or be the parent or legal guardian of a child who has, a qualifying medical condition requiring cooling or heating to prevent severe worsening of their condition;
  • provide certification from their medical specialist or general practitioner that the medical condition is severely worsened by hot or cold weather;
  • use an air conditioning unit at that address to meet their medical heating and cooling requirements;
  • be financially responsible for the full or part payment of the energy bill; and
  • hold an eligible concession card or receive an eligible Centrelink payment.

 

How to apply

To apply for the concession, you must:

Medical Heating and Cooling Concession
Reply Paid 292
Adelaide SA 5001
 

More information

For further information on the medical heating and cooling concession, please visit the South Australian Government’s website.

 

Cost of living concession

The cost of living concession helps individuals on low or fixed incomes with their cost of living expenses.

The concession amount is indexed each financial year. For 2019-20, the concession amounts were either $210.70 (for homeowner-occupiers) or $105.40 (for tenants and homeowner-occupiers who are self-funded retirees with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card).

Applications for the cost of living concession must be submitted by 31 October to receive the concession for that financial year.

The cost of living concession is paid by the South Australian Department of Human Services to the eligible customer’s bank account by electronic funds transfer.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for the cost of living concession, you must:

  • live at the address the concession is to be applied to;
  • on 1 July of the financial year the concession is being sought for, either:
    • hold an eligible concession card;
    • receive an eligible Centrelink payment; or
    • meet low income provisions.

 

How to apply

To apply for the cost of living concession, you must:

ConcessionsSA
Reply Paid 292
ADELAIDE SA 5001
 

More information

For further information on the cost of living concession, please visit the South Australian Government’s website.

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