Who receives the Energy Assistance Payment?


This is an extract from the Treasurer’s announcement on the Energy Assistance Payment. Before anyone spends it, remember it requires legislation.

One-off energy payment to help 3.9 million Australians with their next energy bill

Joint media release with The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Minister for Families and Social Services

More than 3.9 million Australians will receive a one-off Energy Assistance Payment to help with their next energy bill and cost of living expenses.

The payment of $75 for singles and $125 for eligible couples will be exempt from income tax and will be paid automatically before the end of the current financial year, subject to the passage of legislation.

The Government is able to deliver this assistance because our responsible budget management allows us to guarantee the essential services Australians rely on.

It will provide additional support to:

  • 2.4 million Australians receiving the Age Pension;
  • 744,000 recipients of the Disability Support Pension;
  • 280,000 carers receiving the Carer Payment;
  • 242,000 Parenting Payment Single recipients; and
  • 225,000 veterans and their dependants receiving eligible payments from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Guaranteeing essential services is part of our plan for a stronger economy and securing a better future.

After the Budget, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced that Newstart recipients will also be eligible. The changes will cost $80 million, pushing the total cost to $360 million.

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5 Responses to Who receives the Energy Assistance Payment?

  1. Carolann Berry April 23, 2019 at 10:48 AM #

    What about the one’s on youth allowance. Do they get the energy payment. Bit unfair if they don’t as alot of them pay power bills aswell

  2. Andrew April 3, 2019 at 10:37 AM #

    What about those who lost their part age pension when the asset test was changed. They did receive a pension card (for claiming utility discounts) but will they receive this Energy Assistance Payment?

  3. Kevin April 2, 2019 at 11:51 PM #

    Don’ t know if this is in the right article but once again the lowest paid miss out.

    My understanding is unemployed people do not receive the one off power payment.

    Once again no rise in New start,how anybody is expected to live on around $40 per day is beyond me.

    • Dudley April 3, 2019 at 4:44 PM #

      “how anybody is expected to live on around $40 per day is beyond me”:

      I live on $45 per day; $16,500 per year ($33,000 per year couple, fully accounted).

      Quite easy for home owner – pays for everything, want for nothing.

    • Michael2 April 7, 2019 at 8:35 AM #

      No rise in New Start?

      All part of the government and big business drive to push responsibility and costs away from themselves and onto families and individuals

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