One-off Energy Assistance Payment

From 26 June 2017, we’ll pay eligible recipients a one off Energy Assistance Payment. This will help with rising energy costs.

Eligibility

To get this you need to be residing in Australia on 20 June 2017 and getting:

  • Age Pension
  • Parenting Payment Single
  • Disability Support Pension

Payment rate

Payment rate Single Couple each Couple combined, if both eligible Couple apart due to ill health each, if both eligible
Age Pension $75.00 $62.50 $125.00 $75.00
Disability Support Pension $75.00 $62.50 $125.00 $75.00
Parenting Payment Single $75.00 n/a n/a n/a

How you will get this payment

You don't need to contact us or do anything. If you are eligible, we'll pay this automatically in to your account. You'll also get a letter which may contain a flyer on ways to save energy and money at home from the Your Energy Savings website hosted by the Department of Environment and Energy.

When we will pay you

Your situation What will happen

Residing in Australia on 20 June 2017 and currently on either:

  • Age Pension
  • Disability Support Pension, or
  • Parenting Payment Single
We'll pay between the 26 June and 30 June 2017. You don't need to contact us.
Your Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, or Parenting Payment Single is suspended or cancelled on 20 June 2017 and, your payment is later restored and backdated to include 20 June 2017. We’ll pay you when your payment is restored. You don’t need to contact us.

You’re temporarily overseas on 20 June 2017 and getting:

  • Age Pension
  • Disability Support Pension, or
  • Parenting Payment Single
We’ll pay you between 26 June and 30 June 2017. You don’t need to contact us.

You have:

  • put in a claim for Age Pension, Disability Support Pension or Parenting Payment Single on or before 20 June 2017, and
  • are later granted the payment and it is backdated to include 20 June 2017
We’ll pay you when your payment is granted. You don’t need to contact us.
You’re getting Age Pension, Disability Support Pension or Parenting Payment Single but are receiving a nil rate of payment on 20 June 2017. You will not get this payment.

You’re eligible for one of the following Department of Veterans’ Affairs payments:

  • Service Pension
  • Income Support Supplement, or
  • relevant compensation payments
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs will pay you on 3 July 2017. Read more about what payments are eligible on the DVA website.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017