Concessions On Electricity Bills Starts Tomorrow

Concessions On Electricity Bills Starts Tomorrow

Victoria Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge

Annual Electricity Discounts To Help Low-Income Victorians

Victor P Taffa

A Victorian Coalition Government commitment to extend concessions on electricity bills kicks in from tomorrow, Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge announced.

The Annual Electricity Concession has replaced the Winter Energy Concession for electricity so that eligible Victorians can now access a 17.5 % rebate on their electricity bills all year round.

The $381.6 Million initiative ensures concession card holders receive a discount on their electricity bill all year. Previously the concession stopped on 31 October, meaning low-income Victorians received no support through half the year, including the hot summer months of December, January and February.

“Energy bills can be expensive, especially during Victoria’s hot summer months when people continue to rely on electricity, including for cooling.” Ms. Wooldridge said.

“With no support on offer, we know that many low-income Victorians have decided to turn off their electrical appliances, even in extreme hot temperatures.”

“Under the Annual Electricity Concession low-income households will see a year-round saving of 17.5 % on their electricity bills.”

The concession will benefit approximately 850,000 households and over 1.5 Million Victorians. The Victorian Government estimates 38,000 households will receive this concession for the first time this financial year.

Holders of a Centrelink pensioner concession card, Centrelink health care card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) gold card may be eligible. Recipients of the Winter Energy Concession will automatically receive the Annual Electricity Concession.