11 April, 2019 –
Thousands of eligible Queenslanders are missing out on the Palaszczuk Government’s $341 electricity rebate.
Since the beginning of 2017, this rebate has been extended to Commonwealth Health Care Card Holders (HCC) and asylum seekers.
While about 50,000 people have received this vital assistance since then, it’s estimated at least another 100,000 people could be eligible for the rebate.
We’ve been running an awareness-raising campaign since late last year targeting HCC holders but getting everyone eligible to apply would be an easier matter if Canberra would assist us.
We first sought this help from the Federal Minister for Human Services in October 2017, only to be told Centrelink would not help with a mail-out. I have since written to the Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation, Mr Michael Keenan asking for this action. There has been no reply as of yet.
If you or someone you know could be eligible, I urge you to pursue this and contact your energy retailer or visit our energy concessions website – https://www.qld.gov.au/community/cost-of-living-support/concessions/energy-concessions/electricity-gas-rebates
Currently about 580,000 eligible pensioners, seniors and veterans receive the electricity rebate.
Visit the State Government’s Smart Savings website to find out more about concessions and rebates to help ease cost of living pressures.