Energy Assistance Payment to pension/welfare recipients
The Federal Government will provide a one-off payment of up to $75 to 3.8 million people, following the passage of legislation in the Senate.
The Energy Assistance Payment will be provided to people who currently live in Australia and receive the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Parenting Payment Single as well as veterans on the Service Pension, Income Support Supplement, and relevant compensation payments.
Of the 3.8 million people who will be provided the one-off payment:
2.5 million receive the Age Pension
770,000 receive the Disability Support Pension
260,000 receive Parenting Payment Single
235,000 recipients of DVA payments.
The one-off payment of $75 for singles and $62.50 for each pensioner in a couple would be paid automatically over the next two weeks.
“These payments, at a total cost of $269 million, recognise that many welfare recipients have a limited ability to earn additional income to help them meet living costs,” Minister for Human Services Mr Alan Tudge said.
Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said the same Bill also reinstated the Pensioner Concession Card to about 90,000 former part-pension recipients, who lost access to the card in January as a consequence of reforms to the assets test to make the pension system more sustainable for the future.
“The Government recognises that the small number of people who had their part-pension cancelled have, as a consequence of losing the Pensioner Concession Card, lost access to a range of private and state and local government concessions,” Minister Porter, said.
“Although most of those concessions are not provided by the Commonwealth, we are restoring the Pensioner Concession Card so they can continue to access these benefits.”
The Department of Human Services will automatically reissue the card to affected recipients in October.
Information about the Energy Assistance Payment is available at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/one-energy-assistance-payment.
16 June 2017.