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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.

The application period for the Cost of Living Concession is currently closed. Applications for the Cost of Living Concession are available from 1 July to 31 October each year.

Homeowners and retirement village residents who have applied for the Cost of Living Concession for the first time in 2016-17 and provided their completed form by 31 October 2016 will have their application assessed and where eligible will be paid by the end of 2016.  

Eligible tenants will receive their payment by March 2017.

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 78.1 KB 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

The application period for the Cost of Living Concession is currently closed. Applications for the Cost of Living Concession are available from 1 July to 31 October each year.

Online and print application forms for the Cost of Living Concession will be made available in 2017 to apply for this concession for the 2017-18 financial year.

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 energy, water and sewerage concessions online - Department for Communities and Social Inclusion


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Page last updated: 7 November 2016