When will you receive your Energy Assistance Payment?

When will you receive your one-off Energy Assistance Payment?

When will you receive your Energy Assistance Payment?

Helen is one of many pensioners eagerly awaiting the Energy Assistance Payment and would like to know when she’ll receive the payment so she can turn on her heater.

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Q. Helen
Just a quick question, as I cannot find the information anywhere, but in the budget we were told people on pensions would get a one-off payment of $75 towards their energy bills. I have not heard any more about this. Can you tell me if it is still going to happen, and when and how will it be paid? I am struggling just a little bit with my payments and winter is coming on. This is not much help – about two months’ electricity for me – but every little bit helps.

A. The Energy Assistance Payment was the one 2019 Federal Budget measure guaranteed to pass. True to its word, the Government passed the legislation on this payment on 3 April.

The one-off payment of $75 for singles and $62.50 for each eligible member of a couple will be paid out no later than 30 June 2019.

So, if you receive an Age Pension, Disability Support Pension or Carer Payment, you should receive your payment any time before 30 June.

And it’s no longer only pensioners who are eligible: the Energy Assistance Payment has also been extended to those receiving a Newstart allowance, Partner Allowance, Sickness Allowance, Special Benefit, Widow Allowance, Veteran Payment and other types of payments. For a full list, head to www.humanservices.gov.au

You won’t have to do anything to get the payment. Payments will be made directly into your bank account.

Meanwhile, in an interview with The Australian, Energy Minister Angus Taylor has revealed the “big stick laws” – labelled as draconian by the big energy companies – would be a priority when parliament returned in early July.

The legislation, if passed, would compel energy companies to cut wholesale prices and guarantee supply. It was pulled after a failed attempt in March.

“I can tell you it is a parliamentary priority — it should be no surprise,” Mr Taylor said.

“It is our policy, we took it to the election, it has been through the party room and it has been introduced to parliament.

“This is a broad-ranging piece of legislation … the divestment powers are at the pointy end … but it is also about prohibitive actions, manipulation of wholesale markets, price gouging in the retail markets and derivatives market.”

Origin chief executive Frank Calabria said in Brisbane earlier in the week: “If it’s designed to break up energy companies, I don’t think that’s the way to go about achieving lower prices and better outcomes for customers. I don’t feel it serves customers well.”

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    30th May 2019
    10:34am
    I find it hard that an LNP government would take the 'big stick' to any of its business cronies, and will be pleasantly surprised if and when they do. Having championed the virtues of 'privatisation' for so long now, and the idea that government should not be in business (without ever clearly defining what 'business was, thank you Mr Greiner) - and having flogged off the family furniture for thirty pieces of silverside (in its power supply, gas, water, roads etc) -I can't see them doing a back-flip now that the entire 'privatisation' exercise has proven to be a costly failure.

    Bit late once you've signed your mates into perpetual contracts with massive pay-outs in the event of 'business' failure ... and no matter which way the merde falls now that the truth has become apparent even to the champions of 'private enterprise' over government utility and service control, any way out will cost the taxpayer a motza.

    What kind of idiot enters into such a business arrangement when selling off a business?
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    10:36am
    (the above public service comment brought to you free of charge by Trebor - Vox Populi and Ear Of the People)....
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    11:08am
    It's not only the Liberals who have sold off the family silver, Bob. Keating spent his final years in office selling off public assets including the Aerospace Technologies of Australia, Australian Industry Development Corporation, AUSSAT, Australian Airlines, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, the Commonwealth Bank, Moomba-Sydney Pipeline, Qantas and the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation.
    Mootnell
    30th May 2019
    11:14am
    Old man, you must have forgotten whilst Howard was counting his GST pennies (he so declared he wouldn’t introduce), he sold off all our Gold reserves.
    If I could be bothered I’d write a list of Liberal asset sales as well.
    Neither party is innocent of destroying Australia’s economy.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    11:24am
    Of course, Mootnell, my point is that people forget (or deliberately mislead) that both sides of the political spectrum have sold off public utilities. As regards the GST, Howard took it to the 1998 election as a policy and the government was re-elected. That's not the same as telling people that there would be no change and doing the opposite.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    5:12pm
    I know, OM - but its's a core policy thrust of the LNP - Labor kind of sneak up on it and pretend it had nuffin' to do with them.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    11:55pm
    Really keen to see that big stick in action....surely it can't be a Liberal Govt who supports the Business?
    Buggsie
    30th May 2019
    11:21am
    I'm not at all interested in what governments of all persuasions, state and federal alike, have done in the past. We are stuck with that and in many cases just have to suck it up. I am very concerned what the Morrison government will do in the energy market in the next three years. Will they really legislate to the benefit of the consumer? Going on past performance, the short answer is "no to perhaps". Will we see new coal fired power generators being commissioned with taxpayer subsidies? Probably, because private industry has no interest in building them and would need powerful financial incentives to commit to this sort of a program. Will we see greater emphasis on coal generally? Yes, given that Morrison himself has his own pet rock - a piece of coal - that he has taken into parliament on at least one occasion. Will they really break up the power industry and separate the generators from the retailers. I'll bet the rest of my retirement super that they won't. Rest assured, having elected a government with no real agenda other than helping business, particularly big business to grow and prosper at the expense of the employees who make it all happen, nothing will be done to rein in the excesses of privatisation in the power industry in Australia.
    Buggsie
    30th May 2019
    11:38am
    Oh and by the way, a one off payment of $75 will make little difference to my ability to pay my power account this year. In fact, I regard this piddling gesture as downright insulting.
    KSS
    30th May 2019
    12:29pm
    So you will be refusing to accept the money then?
    Paddington
    30th May 2019
    3:09pm
    It is not insulting. Many will be glad of this. The people it will go to will use it and not hoard it so it is worthwhile. Anything that is given or earned by people on low incomes helps the economy because they spread it around. Everyone benefits!
    I am glad it was extended to beyond old aged pensioners. Maybe even expand it to anyone on a low income as a boost to further help the economy. It is not much to people who have a lot but it is a lot to people who have little.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    5:14pm
    It'll buy a case of Guinness....
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    5:20pm
    Agreed, Paddington - been saying that about extra to low income earners etc for ages now - it goes back into the economy and is thus a benefit, while it is rapidly re-absorbed via taxation (unless diverted to Offshore or into 'dead stock' by some fat cat), and thus is a zero net cost to government.

    The problem with stimulating the economy in isolation, is that this leads instantly to price hikes to 'suit the market' - same as first home owner payments boost the price of a house, and thus do not materially assist those it is intended to assist.

    Without price controls at the same time as income rises - all we are doing is level-pegging (while still paying First World Prices + Australian Premium at a time of declining employment and rising un- and under-employment due to an utter lack of solid underpinning to the 'economy')...

    It is frankly bizarre that some actually complain about 'the high cost of wages(incomes for the majority)', and yet are happy to charge those First World prices + the Australian Premium (the one that says you can buy a mobile phone in Amerika for $10 and it will cost you $278 here) ...

    Frankly bizarre lack of reasoning there... control costs and then whine about the 'cost' of employing people to earn your profits for you...
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    5:23pm
    Addendum - once again - the ONLY 'Black Holes' in the budget are not pensions, unemployment benefits etc..... they are money lost through purchases made offshore or holidays spent offshore at top class or tax foregone to aid the offshore market or when put into 'dead stock' such as serial property ownership (a net tax loss) and similar.

    There is zero net cost to the budget of pensions etc.... since all that money stays here unless ambushed by one or more of the above....

    There, My Lord - THERE is your enemy!
    Kosmo
    30th May 2019
    11:46am
    What about the extra $14.10 on rent assistance
    Mad as Hell
    30th May 2019
    11:47am
    Keep the $75 and give my back what I’ve had stolen with the 2017 changes to the Pensioner Assets Test.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    3:36pm
    You have a point but going back is not possible so take the crumbs while they are on the table. PA asset changes from the LNP and longer wait for age pension by Labor. Lest we Forget!!
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    5:24pm
    I vote for neither - nor do you, Cowboy. Good man...
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    5:24pm
    P.S. I'm not 'politically neutral' - I oppose them all equally for various reasons.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    11:58pm
    Yes, the $75 is an insult after what they did with the Asset Test changes.
    Another reason to write to them (MPs / PM / Treasurer) to emphasise that (must do it often), and remind them of what they did....Lest They Forget!
    Rae
    31st May 2019
    8:44am
    The economy is paying a price Mad as Hell.

    Take a look at the graphs of savings and discretionary spending. They started trending down at the point those cuts started. Penalty rate cuts added to the declines.

    It was an ideological decision not based on any real needs to impose austerity as there was no inflation or need to cut incomes to savers or the lowest income earners.
    BrianP
    30th May 2019
    12:03pm
    On the subject of household bills hikes the Water Corporation in WA has brought in a sneaky way of raising water bills for all (including vulnerable pensioners on low incomes) by about a staggering 72%.

    This crime has been achieved by introducing a sliding scale of price increases which were supposedly done under the guise of saving over use of water but the real reason was to hike profits. For example our water usage for the latest bill this year was 5% down on the same period last year. Yet the bill was 72% higher than last year.

    We hope to get the WA Government to take action (fat chance!) but would really appreciate it if anyone in WA would check their water bills and apply pressure on the WA Government as well. Perhaps more upset voters may influence them.
    KSS
    30th May 2019
    12:40pm
    That would be the Labor government in WA right? The party so beloved of this forum , who takes care of the 'little' people right?
    Paddington
    30th May 2019
    3:12pm
    Our water bill is terrible. We got $400 behind so they increased our fortnightly payments.
    KSS, nothing to do with the government, it is privately owned as far as I know.
    KSS
    30th May 2019
    3:34pm
    It was BrianP who brought the WA government into it Paddington. I just responded.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    4:53pm
    Nice try Paddington to protect your Labor mates. Your knowledge is limited as the WA Water Corporation website's opening comment is "We are owned by the State Government, and accountable to the Minister for Water." You may want to check the link below.

    https://www.watercorporation.com.au/about-us
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    5:26pm
    Ah - so it was an Inevitable as a Tarrant strike, then?

    Usually I say 'governments' (read carefully) unless specifically addressing the issue to the current majority lot in the house ....
    Paddington
    31st May 2019
    12:15am
    I am not in WA everybody!
    Rae
    31st May 2019
    8:49am
    the WA Water Corporation has spent millions on drilling new wells into the aquifer. There is always a cost for increasing population levels. Business and Government gain revenue but everything else rises in price if it's needed by more people having to share.

    Things can only get more expensive as we grow by around a million extra through home births and immigration every two years.

    Especially water as there isn't enough for the current population much less a rapidly growing one.
    johnp
    30th May 2019
    12:45pm
    Do those with just the CSHC card receive the Energy Assistance Payment ??
    Chris B T
    30th May 2019
    12:49pm
    You'll find out After 30 June 2019.
    My guess is Not.
    KB
    30th May 2019
    3:23pm
    www.humans.humanservices.gov.au will give you a full list of concession cards and if you are eligible.. As for me I will take any small amount being on a disability pension.
    KB
    30th May 2019
    3:23pm
    www.humans.humanservices.gov.au will give you a full list of concession cards and if you are eligible.. As for me I will take any small amount being on a disability pension.
    Buggsie
    30th May 2019
    1:34pm
    KSS I'll take anything I can get while I can get it, especially from this do nothing government. Doesn't mean that I can't be critical though.
    DanielTech
    30th May 2019
    3:13pm
    Ah yes, that $125.00 that has been promised to the pair of us, by the end of June to help pay for our energy bill. Last winter, our quarterly bill was over $300.00. Goodness only knows how much it's going to be given that the cold weather that we have been experiencing since the beginning of May has undoubtedly pushed up our heating requirements just to survive. I won't be surprised to receive a bill in excess of $400 for the quarter that has just started, having received our previous quarter bill via email today. A decent increase such as $50.00 in the fortnightly pension payment would help us a lot more, than this small one off payment. Of course Morrison says that the country can't afford this small amount for all of our pensioners, but still wants to give MASSIVE TAX CUTS TO BIG BUSINESS to the tune of Billions of Dollars that will mostly be moved offshore to International Tax Havens.
    KSS
    30th May 2019
    3:37pm
    Well on those figures DanielTech, you will get a free month! So you will be better off than without it.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    5:28pm
    It costs $300+ just to be connected here.... per quarter.... that's why I'm installing solar and wind and looking at batteries down the track and going it alone. Cheaper to run a generator on the small number of occasions it might be needed - with sunlight hours here? NEVER!

    I can run a diesel a hell of a lot for $100 a month.

    30th May 2019
    3:16pm
    I shall take it when it comes if at all as I have not counted on it, I am old enough to believe my age pension is deserved and I counted on that but now I am a welfare liability so it seems so I just play along. I survive quite well without the $130 but I welcome it just the same. Do not think it's worth talking about all that much though; did not influence my vote at all. Labor would have hurt me much more than the LNP and that is all that mattered to me.
    KB
    30th May 2019
    3:24pm
    This energy payment was instigated by Nick Xenephon no longer in politics
    KB
    30th May 2019
    3:24pm
    This energy payment was instigated by Nick Xenephon no longer in politics
    Mike Omment
    30th May 2019
    3:24pm
    So Buggsie , you are quite prepared to accept the so called "insult"and grab the money and run, complaining all the way
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    3:32pm
    Oh I am sure he will give it back or to charity - LOL!
    hyacinth
    30th May 2019
    3:40pm
    I am grateful for the energy payment. However it costs me just as much to keep warm as it does a couple. With this payment I cannot understand why there should be a difference between a couple and a single person.
    hyacinth
    30th May 2019
    3:40pm
    I am grateful for the energy payment. However it costs me just as much to keep warm as it does a couple. With this payment I cannot understand why there should be a difference between a couple and a single person.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    3:59pm
    Often occurred to me as well, hyacinth. My wife and I pay single taxes all our lives and after 65 we have become a couple for pension purposes. I know you mean it the other way round but a couple is not joined at the hip and quite often one of us is at home and the other away. We would be better off on single pensions as well!
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    5:29pm
    Yes, Cowboy - that is bizarre...
    hyacinth
    30th May 2019
    4:10pm
    I understand what you are saying . I too have paid taxes all my life having worked up to the age of eighty one and a half (and because I worked my husband had only a minute pension when he was alive even though he too had paid tax all his working life ). it still doesn't get away with the fact that single people have to keep warm too.
    hyacinth
    30th May 2019
    4:10pm
    I understand what you are saying . I too have paid taxes all my life having worked up to the age of eighty one and a half (and because I worked my husband had only a minute pension when he was alive even though he too had paid tax all his working life ). it still doesn't get away with the fact that single people have to keep warm too.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    5:25pm
    Yeh weve paid taxes all our life but for school,health ,hospitals roads bridges,30,000 parliamentarians and lets see Pally shea put on 27,000 extra public servants lets see 27,000 X 200,000 $ you do the maths EXTRA


    We,ve only paid for our pensions since BOB and Paul introduced
    Big businesses are owned by your superannuation and they aren't going to give your golden goose away or they'll up and leave Today minimum wage is 20 bucks ,,UK is 14bucks and the US is 10 bucks now our real competition don't show on the graph.Who is going to invest in Electric cars, Submarines etc ..We tried it b4 ,And the Unions got rid of the Car industry and the wharves ,CFMEU at the moment is blackmailing every building industry so when you go to town you are paying 40% more for everything you buy,so you buy on the internet and Meyers and Harvey Norman go out of business, I know a CFMEU worker who is earning 20X times what I am getting
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    5:25pm
    Yeh weve paid taxes all our life but for school,health ,hospitals roads bridges,30,000 parliamentarians and lets see Pally shea put on 27,000 extra public servants lets see 27,000 X 200,000 $ you do the maths EXTRA


    We,ve only paid for our pensions since BOB and Paul introduced
    Big businesses are owned by your superannuation and they aren't going to give your golden goose away or they'll up and leave Today minimum wage is 20 bucks ,,UK is 14bucks and the US is 10 bucks now our real competition don't show on the graph.Who is going to invest in Electric cars, Submarines etc ..We tried it b4 ,And the Unions got rid of the Car industry and the wharves ,CFMEU at the moment is blackmailing every building industry so when you go to town you are paying 40% more for everything you buy,so you buy on the internet and Meyers and Harvey Norman go out of business, I know a CFMEU worker who is earning 20X times what I am getting
    Anonymous
    30th May 2019
    5:36pm
    Gerry - you surely mean your superannuation is owned by big business and not the other way around?

    UK and the US don't pay the Australian Premium on goods, either.... the government got rid of the car industry, Unions fought it tooth and nail.... CFFMEU is entitled to negotiate a fair deal for its constituents, and if 'management' can't stand the heat in the kitchen, the door is always wide open for them to leave.... Meyers and Harvey Norman charge the Australian Premium on goods you can buy cheaper elsewhere... what job exactly does this CFFMEU worker do and where and under what conditions?

    You need to look at costs of living before you compare with UK and US and,god forbid, Asia... in china, the average industrial worker gets $57k p.a. - the average worker $7k....... work that out.. the CHIMP (Chinese Industrial Manufacturing Person) must be a CFFMEU member.....

    I love this forum ... every day on this forum is a picnic at the beach.... every formation a parade.... every hike just a warm walk in the sun ... every meal a banquet.. I LOVE this forum! It's so easy when you have information to support your position......
    Paddington
    31st May 2019
    12:20am
    It fills in some time, Trebor, lol!
    Circum
    30th May 2019
    9:04pm
    The kind of idiot,and there are many of them,that accept payment via the back pocket.Many would call it corruption.The recent toll road extension by the Victorian government is a ripper
    Circum
    30th May 2019
    9:04pm
    The kind of idiot,and there are many of them,that accept payment via the back pocket.Many would call it corruption.The recent toll road extension by the Victorian government is a ripper
    Circum
    30th May 2019
    9:04pm
    The kind of idiot,and there are many of them,that accept payment via the back pocket.Many would call it corruption.The recent toll road extension by the Victorian government is a ripper
    Circum
    30th May 2019
    9:04pm
    The kind of idiot,and there are many of them,that accept payment via the back pocket.Many would call it corruption.The recent toll road extension by the Victorian government is a ripper
    Circum
    30th May 2019
    9:04pm
    The kind of idiot,and there are many of them,that accept payment via the back pocket.Many would call it corruption.The recent toll road extension by the Victorian government is a ripper
    Paddington
    31st May 2019
    12:19am
    How many horses have you got running in this race, Circum?
    My money is on number five lol.
    Anonymous
    31st May 2019
    9:14am
    No 5 came last. No 2 won, that's when I twigged what he meant.
    Roy R
    1st Jun 2019
    2:37pm
    The odd thing is, someone on a DSP with a partner on a wife's pension is apparently only eligible for $62.50 and the wife gets nothing. The DSP recipient does not even get paid at the single rate. How crooked is that?

    "Politics: Poly = many : tics = bloodsucking insects."


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