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Cost of Living Concession

To help with the general cost of living a state government concession is available to eligible South Australians on low or fixed incomes.

The Cost of Living Concession enables you to put the benefit towards your greatest needs, whether that is electricity, gas and water bills or council rates.

Eligibility

The Cost of Living Concession is payable as a maximum amount per household. You may be eligible for the Cost of Living Concession for your principal place of residence on 1 July of the relevant financial year if:

On 1 July of the relevant financial year you held one of the following eligible cards:

  • a Pensioner Concession Card
  • Gold Card from the Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI)
    • Extreme Disablement Adjustment (EDA)
    • War Widow
  • Gold Card from the Department of Veterans' Affairs issued to a person with 80 or more overall impairment points under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (Cth)
  • Low Income Health Care Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

OR

On 1 July of the relevant financial year you received one of the following eligible Centrelink payments:

  • Newstart allowance
  • Sickness allowance
  • Widow allowance
  • Youth allowance
  • Partner allowance
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special benefit
  • Community Development Employment Project (CDEP)
  • New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
  • ABSTUDY
  • Austudy
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • War widow pension under legislation of the United Kingdom or New Zealand

OR

You can demonstrate that on 1 July of the relevant financial year you meet low income provisions 79.2 KB current on that date in the low income earners category. These low income provisions will be available on 1 July of the relevant financial year.

Eligible recipients Yearly amount payable per
household
Homeowner-occupiers who are pensioners and low-income earners Up to $200
Homeowner-occupiers who are self-funded retirees with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card Up to $100
Tenants who are pensioners, low-income earners or self-funded retirees with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card Up to $100

How to apply

Applications for the Cost of Living Concession can be made from 1 July to 31 October each year.

Forms for the 2016-17 financial year will be made available in 2016.

Contact

Phone the Concessions Hotline - 1800 307 758

Email - Costoflivingconcession@sa.gov.au

If you have a hearing or speech impairment, please use our text telephone service on TTY 8226 6789.

Translating and interpreting

To arrange for an interpreter or translator please call Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450.

Resources

Use the Concessions finder to find out about other concessions you may be eligible for and information about how to apply.

Are you eligible for a concession 338.5 KB

Alternative versions of documents

Many documents are displayed as PDF files. If you have problems accessing documents in the PDF format, you can request a copy to be made available in an alternative format.

Email: concessions@sa.gov.au


Related information

On this site

Concession finder 
Energy bill concession
Medical heating and cooling concession
Water and sewerage rate concession
Emergency Services Levy remission
Public transport concessions
Self-funded retirees

Other websites

Apply for concessions online - Department for Communities and Social Inclusion


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Page last updated: 6 May 2016