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Cost of Living Concession

The South Australian Government provides the Cost of Living Concession to assist those on low or fixed incomes with any of their cost of living expenses, whether that be electricity, water, gas or medical bills.

Eligibility

The Cost of Living Concession is payable as a maximum amount per household, and can only be made to one person 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 79.7 KB current on that date in the low income earners category. These low income provisions will become 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 $200
Homeowner-occupiers who are self-funded retirees with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card $100
Tenants who are pensioners, low-income earners or self-funded retirees with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card $100

How to apply

You can apply for the Cost of Living Concession between 1 July and 31 October of the relevant financial year by completing the application form. Application for the Cost of Living Concession 300.2 KB

Important information

Who doesn't need to apply

If you received the Cost of Living Concession last financial year and your circumstances have not changed (i.e. you still meet the eligibility criteria and you are still living at the same address) then you do not have to reapply for the concession.

Who needs to apply

If you have moved house, your income details have changed OR if you have not received the Cost of Living Concession previously, then you do need to apply for the concession.

Application for the Cost of Living Concession 300.2 KB

If your bank details have changed, please use the Cost of Living Concession electronic funds transfer (EFT) Details Update Form to update your bank details.

Cost of Living Concession EFT Details Update Form 93.5 KB

Application forms and EFT Update Forms can be returned to Concessions by:

Post (no postage stamp required)

Cost of Living Concession

Reply Paid 84782
ADELAIDE SA 5001

OR

Email - Costoflivingconcession@sa.gov.au

Cost of Living Concession – Arabic 476.2 KB
Cost of Living Concession – Italian 196.5 KB
Cost of Living Concession – Khmer 144.1 KB
Cost of Living Concession – Vietnamese 55.4 KB

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

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

Concession finder
Apply for concessions online - Department for Communities and Social Inclusion


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Page last updated: 1 July 2016