Energy Assistance Payment - Budget 2017-18

This measure will pay a one-off Energy Assistance Payment to eligible recipients to assist with energy costs.

Legislation for this Budget measure has passed. Read more about the One-off Energy Assistance Payment.

Description of measure

This measure will pay a one-off Energy Assistance Payment to eligible recipients to assist with energy costs.

To be eligible, recipients must:

  • be Australian residents
  • be receiving one of the following payments:
    • Age Pension
    • Disability Support Pension, or
    • Parenting Payment Single, and
  • be receiving more than the nil rate of payment as at 20 June 2017.

The amount of the one-off payment will be:

  • $75.00 for single people, and
  • $62.50 for each eligible member of a couple.

People who lodge a claim for one of the eligible payments on or before 20 June 2017 and are later granted will receive the payment.

The One-off Energy Assistance Payment will be paid automatically to eligible recipients in the week commencing 26 June 2017. The payment is not taxable and will not be counted as income.

People who are temporarily overseas and receiving one of the above payments on 20 June 2017 will receive the One-off Energy Assistance Payment.

Questions and answers

Whom does this measure affect?

This measure affects Australian residents receiving Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, or Parenting Payment Single on 20 June 2017.

This measure also affects people who lodge a claim for one of the eligible payments on or before 20 June 2017 and are later granted.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017