Australia markets close in 3 hours 39 minutes
  • ALL ORDS

    7,696.60
    -10.60 (-0.14%)
     
  • ASX 200

    7,392.20
    -13.20 (-0.18%)
     
  • AUD/USD

    0.7166
    -0.0002 (-0.03%)
     
  • OIL

    72.53
    +0.17 (+0.23%)
     
  • GOLD

    1,784.10
    -1.40 (-0.08%)
     
  • BTC-AUD

    70,315.63
    -833.83 (-1.17%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    1,318.83
    +13.71 (+1.05%)
     
  • AUD/EUR

    0.6320
    +0.0003 (+0.04%)
     
  • AUD/NZD

    1.0531
    +0.0001 (+0.01%)
     
  • NZX 50

    12,771.53
    -96.79 (-0.75%)
     
  • NASDAQ

    16,394.34
    +68.67 (+0.42%)
     
  • FTSE

    7,337.05
    -2.85 (-0.04%)
     
  • Dow Jones

    35,754.75
    +35.32 (+0.10%)
     
  • DAX

    15,687.09
    -126.81 (-0.80%)
     
  • Hang Seng

    23,996.87
    0.00 (0.00%)
     
  • NIKKEI 225

    28,829.69
    -30.93 (-0.11%)
     

Victorians urged to apply for bonus $250 payments

·2-min read
Pedestrians cross busy intersection in Melbourne with tram in background, Australian $50 notes.
Victorians have been urged to claim the $250 support. (Images: Getty).

Victorians hit hard by COVID-19 have been reminded to apply for a $250 cash refund on their power bills, as the state counts down the hours until the end of its latest lockdown.

The $250 cash-back program first launched 12 months ago and has so far delivered 300,000 payments, totalling $76.6 million.

The payments are only open to people currently receiving Centrelink payments including JobSeeker, or who are holding a pensioner concession card.

Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio urged more Victorians to come forward and claim the support.

“There are still many Victorian households who are eligible for help with their energy bills through this bonus and I encourage everyone who needs help to apply,” D’Ambrosio said.

“We want to help as many vulnerable households as we can − whether that’s through a quick call with the Victorian Energy Compare helpline or by a visit to one of the program partners.”

How can Victorians access the payment?

The Power Saving Bonus is open to those receiving JobSeeker, Austudy, Abstudy, Youth Allowance or who hold a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card or pensioners’ concession card.

The payments are delivered through the Victorian Energy Compare website, which helps users switch to the best deal.

In order to access the payments, people need to visit compare.energy.vic.gov.au and complete a form. They will also need to provide a household electricity bill.

If they meet the criteria, the $250 cash-back will be transferred into their bank account.

The program closes on 31 January 2022, and there’s a limit of one refund per household.

Follow Yahoo Finance on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to the free Fully Briefed daily newsletter.

Sign up to get Fully Briefed every business day and Rich Thinking every fortnight, straight to your inbox.
Sign up today!
Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting