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

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The one-off Energy Assistance Payment announced pre-Budget 2017/18 is due to hit bank accounts soon, but Michael would like to know exactly when he can expect it.

Q. Michael
Would you know when the government has scheduled to send us those $125 bonus payment, promised before winter?

A. Those who meet the following eligibility requirements will receive a one-off Energy Assistance Payment of $75 for singles and $62.50 for each eligible member of a couple to assist with energy costs. Recipients must:

  • be Australian residents
  • be receiving one of the following payments:
    • Age Pension
    • Disability Support Pension, or
    • Parenting Payment Single, and

  • be receiving more than the nil rate of payment as at 20 June 2017.

The one-off Energy Assistance Payment will be paid automatically in the week commencing 26 June 2017. This payment is not taxable and will not be counted as income.

If you apply for one of the eligible payments on or before 20 June 2017 and are subsequently granted the payment, the one-off Energy Assistance Payment will be paid.

People who are temporarily overseas and receiving one of the above payments on 20 June 2017 will receive the one-off Energy Assistance Payment.

You do not need to claim the payment, it will automatically be paid to those eligible. If you believe you are due the payment but do not receive it by 30 June 2017, you should contact Centrelink on 13 2300.


Pensioners to get a one-off payment before 30 June

A one-off payment of $75 will hit the accounts of up to 3.5 million people.

Written by Debbie McTaggart


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