Aussies on Centrelink can get an automatic rebate on their electricity bills if they choose.
Services Australia said Centrelink recipients should soon receive a letter outlining how to give Services Australia consent to share their details with their electricity bill retailer.
“Once your electricity retailer has confirmed your Centrelink details with us, they will pay you automatically,” Services Australia said.
“You will get your rebate automatically if you get a state energy concession or live in Queensland or Western Australia.”
What would my rebate be?
How much you get and when you get it, will depend on where you live.
Households in New South Wales can get a one-off $500 bill-relief payment in the 2023-24 financial year.
Eligible Victorian households can get $250 in bill relief.
In Queensland, eligible vulnerable households who receive the $372 Queensland Electricity Rebate will automatically receive a $700 Cost of Living Rebate on their electricity bill in 2023-24, bringing their total relief to $1,072.
All other Queensland households will automatically receive a $550 Cost of Living Rebate on their electricity bill in 2023-24.
Eligible households in South Australia will get up to $500 a year (paid as a quarterly amount of $125).
In Western Australia, households eligible for the WA Energy Concession Extension Scheme (ECES) or the Energy Assistance Payment (EAP) could get up to $500 in bill relief. This is in addition to your ECES or EAP payments. All other households can get up to $400 in bill relief.
Eligible households in the Northern Territory can get $350 in bill relief from July 1, 2023.
Eligible households in the ACT can get $175 in bill relief.