Energy | August 18, 2021
Are you eligible for a $250 rebate?
The Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy is concerned eligible residents are missing out on a one-off $250 payment from the State Government.
The $250 Power Saving Bonus is a rebate for Victorian electricity account holders who have a Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or receive payments under one of the following concession programs:
- Centrelink pensioner concession
- Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy
- Department of Veterans Affairs pensioner concession
Ms Kealy said she wanted to ensure those who were eligible for the rebate did not miss out.
“I’m concerned that the Andrews Labor Government has done a terrible job in advertising this payment, particularly to those who don’t access social media,” she said.
“That – combined with the decision to make applications online-only – will cause many of our most vulnerable residents to miss out.
“That’s why I have sent letters to all Lowan constituents explaining the application process for the Power Saving Bonus.
“The letter also advises that those without access to the internet, or who simply require guidance to complete their application, can seek over-the-phone assistance through the Brotherhood of St Laurence by calling 1800 830 029.”
Ms Kealy said many local Neighbourhood Houses were also providing an outreach service to assist people with their applications. A list of participating Neighbourhood Houses is available at www.nhvic.org.au.
Ms Kealy said she was also aware that there might be people aged under 65 or simply not on the electoral roll who were eligible for this program but not aware, and she encouraged people to help spread the word.
“If you have a loved one or neighbour who may be eligible for this payment, please ensure they are aware of it,” she said.
Ms Kealy said people could check their eligibility and find out more about the Power Saving Bonus by visiting the Victorian Energy Compare website at https://compare.energy.vic.gov.au.
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