Electricity Concession for Pensioners: Energy Rebates with Your Senior Card or Pensioner Concession Card
Every state in Australia offers some sort of energy rebate to seniors and pensioners with valid senior health cards or pensioner concession cards . While the details and eligibility of the pensioners and seniors energy rebate vary, if you hold a concession card, you’re probably eligible for some help on your energy bills. Find out more about how you can apply to the Senior Energy Rebate in your state or territory by reading more below.
What is the Seniors Energy Rebate? How much can I get with my Pensioner Concession Card?
The Seniors Energy Rebate is an electricity and/or gas rebate available to eligible seniors and pensioners who hold certain Health and Concession cards for pensioners or seniors. The exact details of the seniors rebate depend on the individual state, so continue to read below to find out how you can benefit from the different available Seniors Energy Rebates by state.
Sudden financial hardship?If you're suddenly experiencing financial hardship and having difficulty paying your energy bills, a one-off energy assistance payment might be available for you.
NSW Seniors Card electricity discount
The Seniors Energy Rebate in NSW is available to independent retirees, residing in New South Wales. Those holding a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card issued by Services Australia and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs card can get up to $200 per household to cover the cost of electricity per year with the Senior Energy Rebate.
Electricity and gas rebates for seniors and pensioners in Queensland
Seniors and pensioner residents of Queensland with a qualifying Pensioner Concession Card, Senior Health card, or DVA card might be eligible for the electricity and gas rebates in the state. Qualifying residents could get up to $340.85 per year for electricity and $74.92 per year for gas.
Annual Electricity Concession and Winter Gas Rebate with a Seniors Card in Victoria
Residents of Victoria holding an eligible Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card, or Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card might be eligible for the Annual Electricity Concession and Winter Gas Rebate in Victoria. Both the rebate and concession save residents 17.5c on gas and electricity usage and service costs.
The electricity concession does not apply to the first $171.60 on your annual bill and the gas rebate does not apply to the first $62.50 of the six-month winter bill period. If you are a high gas or electricity user you will need to apply for the Excess Electricity or Excess Gas concession instead.
Utilities concession in ACT for pensioners and seniors
The Utilities Concession helps to cover all utility bills for senior and pensioner residents in ACT with eligible concession or health care cards. Those with either a Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card (PCC), Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card (HCC), Veteran’s Affairs Pensioner Concession Card or Gold Card can get up to $700 to assist with utility bills.
Electricity Concession for Pensioners and Seniors in Tasmania
If you hold a DHS or DVA Pensioner Concession Card in Tasmania, you are eligible for two concessions in the state. The Annual electricity concession provides a daily discount of 140.70c / day to assist with the cost of electricity, while the heating allowance for pensioners helps residents by providing two payments of $28 in May and September to assist with the cost of heating.
WA Government Energy Assistance Program for Seniors and Pensioners
The WA Government Energy Assistance Program replaces the Cost of Living Allowance in Western Australia, which gives eligible Concession, Health, Pensioner, and Veterans’ Affairs card holders up to $305.25 annually for help with their energy bills in Western Australia.
NT Seniors Recognition Scheme
Eligible seniors over the age of 65, residing in the Northern Territory, might be eligible for the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme. As a member of the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme, you get up to $500 per financial year to assist on not only electricity and gas bills but other utility bills, phone and internet, fuel, and travel and accommodation expenses.
Energy bill concessions for Pensioners in South Australia
Pensioners and seniors with eligible cards in South Australia have two available energy concessions. The energy bills concession could give you up to $231.41 per financial year to help cover the cost of energy bills including petrol and LPG bottled gas, while the Cost of Living Concession is available to those with fixed incomes to help with not only electricity and gas, but also water, council rates, and medical bills of up to $107.60 per year for self-funded retirees.
Who is eligible for the Senior Energy Rebate?
Eligibility for the different pensioner and senior energy rebates depends on the state or territory you reside in. Most often, however, you’ll need to have a qualifying card such as a Pensioner’s Concession Card, Seniors Health Card, or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card, and be a resident of the state.
Apply for the Senior Energy Rebate NSW with your Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
In order to be eligible for the $200 Senior Energy Rebate in New South Wales, you will need the following:
- To be a resident of New South Wales
- Hold a valid Commonwealth Seniors Health Card from Centrelink or the DVA
- To be the primary account holder on the electricity bill
- To be applying for the Seniors Energy Rebate for your primary residence in New South Wales
When applying, you will need to have not only your valid Centrelink or DVA Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, but also your most recent electricity bill for your primary residence, contact details, and bank or Credit Union details in front of you.
Eligibility for the electricity and gas rebates for seniors and pensioners in Queensland
If you’re a resident of Queensland and want to apply for either the Electricity Rebate or the Reticulated Gas Rebate for pensioners and seniors, you will need to have the following cards to qualify:
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card
- Queensland Seniors Card
- Commonwealth Health Care Card (Electricity Rebate only)
- Asylum seeker status—residents will need to provide their ImmiCard details (Electricity Rebate only)
In addition, you will need to be the primary account holder and either live alone or share your place of residence with a spouse, dependant, other Pensioner Concession Card or Queensland Senior Card holders, care and assistance providers who do not pay rent, or others who receive income support payment who do not pay rent.
Eligibility for the Annual Electricity Concession and Winter Gas Rebate in Victoria
Eligibility for the Annual Electricity Concession and Winter Gas Rebate in Victoria is simple. If you have either a Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card, or Veterans' Affairs Gold Card and are a resident of Victoria, you can apply through your electricity and gas retailer.
Eligibility for the Utilities concession in ACT for pensioners and seniors
Please note: The Commonwealth Senior Health Care Card is not eligible for this concession
If you are the primary card holder of either a Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card (PCC), Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card (HCC), or Veteran’s Affairs Pensioner Concession Card or Gold Card Holders and applying for your primary place of residence, you are eligible for the Utilities Concession in ACT. If you are a Low Income Health Care Card holder, you will need to submit a new application every time you are issued a new card.
Eligibility for the Senior and pensioner electricity rebate in Tasmania
Tasmanian pensioners and seniors can apply to both the annual electricity concession or the heating allowance if they hold a DHS or DVA Pensioner Concession Card. In addition, you can also apply to the annual electricity concession if you hold either a DHA Health Care Card, or an ImmiCard.
Eligibility for the WA Government Energy Assistance Program for Seniors and Pensioners
If you’re a resident of Western Australia and holding one of the following eligible cards, you can apply for the WA Government Energy Assistance Program:
- Centrelink Health Care Card
- Centrelink Pensioner Concessions Card
- Veteran Affairs Gold Card
- Centrelink Commonwealth Seniors card
- Veteran Affairs Commonwealth Seniors Card
- Veteran Affairs Pensioner Concession Card
Eligibility for the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme
In order to be a member of the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme, you will need to prove your identity and residency with some supporting documents. This includes proof of Australian citizenship or permanent residency with a supported document which can include a birth certificate, Australian passport or citizenship certificate, certain Aboriginal identification, immigration card, or other Australian government documents. You will also need to prove you are a current NT resident or live in the NT for 183 days out of the year, with proof of current home address. If you don’t have proof of a fixed home address, you can prove residency with a letter from a medical professional, police officer, or NT Government or Australian Government employee.
Energy bill concessions for Pensioners in South Australia
If you want to apply for either the Cost of Living or Energy Bill Concession in South Australia, as a pensioner, you will need one of the following:
- Pensioner Concession Card
- DVA Gold Card
- Low Income Health Care Card
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
In addition, you will need to live at the property you are applying for. If you are applying for the Energy Bill Concession, you will also need to not live with anyone who has an income of more than $3,000 per year unless they are a spouse, domestic partner, or dependent, or get an allowance through Centrelink or DVA.
How do I apply for the Seniors Energy Rebate in my state?
The application process for each state’s pensioner or seniors energy rebate vary, depending on where you live. Whether you need to apply online, through your energy provider, or if your rebate or concession is automatically applied will depend on the type of seniors energy rebate you are applying for and what state you are applying in.
|Energy Rebate & State||How to apply|
|New South Wales Seniors Energy Rebate||Apply directly online for the Senior Energy Rebate NSW or call 13 77 88|
|Electricity and Gas Rebates for Pensioners and Seniors in Queensland||Contact your gas or electricity retailer and provide your personal details|
|Annual Electricity and Winter Gas Rebates in Victoria||Contact your gas or electricity retailer and provide your personal details|
|ACT Utilities Concession||You must be a customer of a registered energy provider (ActewAGL, Origin, or EnergyAustralia) and contact them directly to apply|
|Tasmania Annual Electricity Concession or Heating Allowance||Contact your authorised retailer and provide your personal details|
|WA Government Energy Assistance Program||Apply directly online for the WA Government Energy Assistance Program|
|NT Seniors Recognition Scheme||Apply directly online for the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme|
|SA Energy Bill and Cost of Living Concessions||Apply directly online or fill out an Application For Household Concession and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org|