The Energy Concession covers both electricity and natural gas, and is calculated on a daily basis, with rates depending on the season. Rebates are available on the principal place of residence only and the account must be in the cardholder’s name. The maximum annual rebate amount is $292.82.
The Utility Concession provides an additional $82.00 rebate to eligible concession card holders to minimise the cost of living. The rebate is added to the existing Energy Concession to offset the rise in basic utility costs, including water bills.
The maximum annual combined Energy/Utility rebate for 2012-13 is $374.82.
The current daily Summer rate for the combined Energy/Utility rebate is approximately 48.38 cents per day from 1 November to 31 May, and the Winter rate is approximately 177.93 cents per day from 1 June to 31 October.
Who is eligible?
Holders of the following cards are eligible for the rebate: Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card (PCC), Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card (HCC) and Veteran’s Affairs Pensioner Concession Card. For Health Care Card holders a new application needs to be made each time a new card is issued.
Please note: the Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card is not an eligible card under the scheme.
How do I apply?
Contact your energy provider for information on how to apply or for any additional information you may require. To assist in fast processing have your current pensioner card close by.
Registered Providers of Energy (gas and electricity) under the energy concession scheme are:
- ActewAGL Retail
- Origin (Country Energy)
- TRUEnergy (Energy Australia)