Eligibility for Clean Energy Advance
If you received one or more of the following payments from May 2012 or became eligible during the Clean Energy Advance period and met residence requirements, you would have received the Clean Energy Advance automatically.
- Family Tax Benefit Part A and Part B
- Age Pension
- Bereavement Allowance
- Carer Payment
- Disability Support Pension
- Parenting Payment Single
- Widow B Pension
- Wife Pension
- ABSTUDY Living Allowance
- Exceptional Circumstance Relief Payment
- Newstart Allowance
- Parenting Payment Partnered
- Partner Allowance
- Sickness Allowance
- Seniors Supplement
- Special Benefit
- Widow Allowance
- Youth Allowance
A second Clean Energy Advance payment will be paid automatically to youth and most students with their first regular payment from 1 July 2013 to cover the period from July – December 2013.
If you claim Family Tax Benefit as a lump sum at the end of the financial year, the Clean Energy Advance will be automatically assessed when your 2012-13 lump sum claim is processed.
Customers who have received a Clean Energy Advance with their Family Tax Benefit may automatically receive a CEA top-up payment if a change in their income or circumstances entitles them to a higher CEA amount than what they have been paid. This is most likely to occur once we have balanced your Family Tax Benefit entitlement for the 2012-13 financial year.
Payment rates for Clean Energy Advance
The rate of the Clean Energy Advance you receive will depend on your circumstances, and the payment you regularly receive.
Lump sum Family Tax Benefit customers
The Clean Energy Advance is paid in respect of the 2012-13 financial year. If you claim Family Tax Benefit as a lump sum at the end of the financial year, the Clean Energy Advance will be automatically included when your 2012-13 lump sum claim is processed.
You can lodge your claim for Family Tax Benefit online with Centrelink Online Services.
Blended families and shared care arrangements
If both you and your partner are in receipt of Family Tax Benefit, you will both receive the Clean Energy Advance based on your blended family or shared care percentage.
If only one person in the household is in receipt of Family Tax Benefit, the Clean Energy Advance will be paid to that person.
Approved Care Organisations
Approved Care Organisations who receive Family Tax Benefit will have automatically received a Clean Energy Advance payment on 27 June 2012.
The Clean Energy Advance rate is based on 1.7 percent of the annual Family Tax Benefit Part A base rate only, multiplied by the number of children in care.