Payment rates for Energy Supplement

The amount of Energy Supplement you get depends on your circumstances and the payment you receive.

Your eligibility for Energy Supplement depends on when you started receiving your regular payment or card. Read more about who can receive Energy Supplement.

If you receive a pension

If you receive a pension, your fortnightly amount of Energy Supplement depends on if you’re single or have a partner. You’ll receive the fortnightly amount in the table below if you receive:

If you're Your amount per fortnight is
single, including illness separated, respite care or partner in prison $14.10
partnered $10.60

If you receive an allowance

If you receive an allowance, your fortnightly amount of Energy Supplement depends on if you’re single or have a partner. You’ll receive the fortnightly amount in the table below if you receive:

If you're Your amount per fortnight is
single, with no children $8.80
single, with dependent children $9.50
single, 60 and over, after 9 continuous months on payment $9.50
partnered $7.90
single principal carer, exempt from mutual obligations $12.00
single, age pension age and over $14.10
partnered, age pension age and over $10.60

Disability Support Pension - 21 and under with no children

Your fortnightly amount of Energy Supplement depends on if you’re single or have a partner. You’ll receive the fortnightly amount in the table below if you:

If you're Your amount per fortnight is
single, aged under 18, dependent $5.90
single, aged 18 to 20, dependent $6.60
single, aged 20 and under, independent or partnered $9.10

Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

Your quarterly payment of Energy Supplement depends on if you’re single or have a partner. You’ll receive the quarterly amount in the table below if you hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

If you're Your amount per fortnight is
single, including illness separated, respite care, or partner in prison $14.10
partnered $10.60

Family Tax Benefit (FTB)

Your rate of Energy Supplement depends on if you:

  • are eligible for Part A, Part B, or both Part A and Part B
  • receive your FTB fortnightly or at the end of the financial year

FTB Part A – base rate

For each child aged 19 and under including secondary students, your FTB Part A base rate per:

  • fortnight is $1.40
  • year is $36.50

FTB Part A – maximum rate

For each child aged Your maximum rate per fortnight is Your maximum rate per year is
13 and under $3.50 $91.25
13 to 19, including secondary students $4.48 $116.80
19 and under in an approved care organisation $0.98 $25.55

FTB Part B

If your youngest child is Your rate per fortnight is Your rate per year is
4 and under $2.80 $73.00
5 to 18 $1.96 $51.10

Parenting Payment

Your fortnightly amount of Energy Supplement depends on if you’re single or have a partner. You’ll receive the fortnightly amount in the table below if you receive Parenting Payment.

If you're Your amount per fortnight is
single $12.00
partnered $7.90

ABSTUDY

If you receive an ABSTUDY Masters and Doctorate Living Allowance, your annual payment of Energy Supplement is $300.

ABSTUDY 22 and over

If you’re 22 or over and receive ABSTUDY Living Allowance your fortnightly rate of Energy Supplement depends on your age and care arrangement.

If you're Your amount per fortnight is
living at home $8.80
away from home $8.80
single with no children $8.80
single with no children, 60 years and over $9.50
single with no children, over age pension age $14.10
single with children $9.50
partnered with no children $7.90
partnered with children $7.90
partnered, over age pension age $10.60

ABSTUDY under 22

If you’re under 22 and receive ABSTUDY Living Allowance your fortnightly rate of Energy Supplement depends on your age and care arrangement.

If you're Your amount per fortnight is
aged under 16 tertiary $0.50
aged 17 and under, in state care, and Foster Care Allowance paid $3.90
aged 18 to 21, in state care, and Foster Care Allowance paid $4.60
aged 21 and under, in state care, and no Foster Care Allowance paid $7.00
living at home, aged 16 to 17 $3.90
living at home, aged 18 to 21 $4.60
away from home, aged 15 and under $3.90
away from home, aged 16 to 21 $7.00
independent, single aged 21 and under, with no children $7.00
independent, single aged 17 and under, with no children, living at home $3.90
independent, single aged 18 to 21, with no children, living at home $4.60
independent, single aged 21 and under, with children $9.20
partnered aged 21 and under, with no children $7.00
partnered aged 21 and under, with children $7.70

ABSTUDY under 22 with Youth Disability Supplement

If you’re under 22 and receive ABSTUDY Living Allowance with Youth Disability Supplement, your fortnightly rate of Energy Supplement depends on your age and care arrangement.

If you're Your amount per fortnight is
aged 16 and under tertiary $2.50
aged 17 and under, in state care, and Foster Care Allowance paid $5.90
aged 18 to 21, in state care, and Foster Care Allowance paid $6.60
aged 21 and under, in state care, and no Foster Care Allowance paid $8.50
aged 16 to 17, living at home $5.90
aged 18 to 21, living at home $6.60
away from home, aged 16 and under $5.90
away from home, aged 16 to 21 $8.50
independent, single aged 21 and under, with no children $8.50
independent, single aged 17 and under, with no children, living at home $5.90
independent, single aged 18 to 21, with no children, living at home $6.60
independent, single aged 21 and under, with children $9.20
partnered, aged 21 and under, with no children $7.70
partnered, aged 21 and under, with children $7.70

Austudy

If you receive Austudy your fortnightly amount of Energy Supplement depends on:

  • if you’re single or have a partner, and
  • your age

Austudy - age pension age and over

If you receive Austudy and you’re age pension age or over, your fortnightly amount depends on if you’re single or have a partner.

If you're Your amount per fortnight is
single $14.10
partnered $10.60

Austudy - under age pension age

If you receive Austudy and you’re under age pension age, your fortnightly amount depends on if:

  • you have children, and
  • you’re single or have a partner
If you're Your amount per fortnight is
single, with no children $7.00
single, with children $9.20
partnered, with no children $7.00
partnered, with children $7.70

Special rate of Austudy

If you receive the special rate of Austudy your fortnightly amount depends on if:

  • you’re single or have a partner
  • you live away from home to study
If you're Your amount per fortnight is
single, living away from home $8.60
partnered, with no children $7.70

Youth Allowance

If you receive Youth Allowance your fortnightly amount of Energy Supplement depends on:

  • if you’re single or have a partner
  • your age
  • your living arrangements, and
  • if you have children
If you're Your amount per fortnight is
single, no children, younger than 18 years, and live at your parent's home $3.90
single, no children, 18 years or older and live at parent's home $4.60
single, no children, and need to live away from parent's home $7.00
single, with children $9.20
single principal carer, exempt from mutual obligations $12.00
member of a couple, with no children $7.00
member of a couple, with children $7.70

Youth Allowance with Youth Disability Supplement

If you receive Youth Allowance with the Youth Disability Supplement your fortnightly amount of Energy Supplement depends on:

  • if you’re single or have a partner
  • your age
  • your living arrangements, and
  • if you have children
If you're Your amount per fortnight is
single, no children younger than 18 years, and live at your parent's home $5.90
single, no children 18 years or older and live at parent's home $6.60
single and need to live away from parent's home $8.50
single, with children $9.20
member of a couple, with or without children $7.70

Special rate of Youth Allowance

If you receive the special rate of Youth Allowance your fortnightly amount of Energy Supplement depends on:

  • if you’re single or have a partner
  • your living arrangements, and
  • if you have children
If you're Your amount per fortnight is
single, living at parent's home $5.70
single, and need to live away from parent's home $8.60
member of a couple, with no children $7.70

Special Benefit

If you’re in severe financial hardship you may be able to receive a special benefit. Depending on your circumstances, we base the Special Benefit payment on the Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance or Austudy amount.

Payment options

You can choose how often you receive the Energy Supplement.

Read more about payment options for Energy Supplement.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017