Cost of Living Concession

Households that receive the Centrelink JobSeeker Payment will get a once-off boost of $500 as part of the 2020/21 Cost of Living Concession.

This measure is to assist people who are unemployed or lose their jobs as a result of COVID-19.

If you do not receive the JobSeeker Payment, your concession remains unchanged.

The Cost of Living Concession replaced the council rate concession to help those on low or fixed incomes with all of their cost of living expenses, eg council rates, energy and medical bills.

Eligibility is based on your living arrangements on 1 July. You can apply any time but applications must be submitted by 31 December to receive the concession for that financial year.

If you have previously received a Cost of Living Concession payment and your living and income arrangements have not changed, you do not need to reapply.

Who should apply

The concession can only be made to one person per household.

Assessment is based on your circumstances on 1 July of the relevant financial year.

You must:

  • live at the property
  • hold an eligible card, receive an eligible Centrelink payment, or meet low income provisions
  • tenants must not be living with anyone who earns more than the low income provisions, unless they either:
    • get an allowance from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA)
    • are your spouse, domestic partner or dependent

Eligible cards

  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • DVA Gold Card
    • Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI)
    • Extreme Disablement Adjustment (EDA)
    • War Widow
    • 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.

Eligible Centrelink payments

  • JobSeeker Payment
  • Widow Allowance
  • Youth Allowance
  • Partner Allowance
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Community Development Project (CDP)
  • New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
  • ABSTUDY
  • Austudy
  • Farm Household Allowance (FHA)
  • War widow pension under legislation of the United Kingdom or New Zealand

Low income provisions

For the 2020/21 financial year, an applicant's income from all sources must not be more than the income limits shown below.

Status Fortnightly income Annual income
Single $669.70 $17,412.20
Single with children $716.00 $18,616.00
Partnered $1,229.60 $31,969.60

Concession amount

The concession amount is indexed each financial year.

For the 2020/21 financial year, the concession amount per eligible household is:

  • homeowner-occupiers: $215.10
  • homeowner-occupiers who are self-funded retirees with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card: $107.60
  • tenants: $107.60
  • JobSeeker Payment homeowner-occupiers: $715.10
  • JobSeeker Payment tenants: $607.60

Payments for the 2020/21 financial year

All concession payments are made by electronic funds transfer (EFT). You must provide your banking details to receive the concession. Use the online household concessions form to update your banking details or contact the ConcessionsSA Hotline.

  • homeowner-occupiers, retirement village and residential park residents have already received their 2020/21 concession payment
  • tenants will be paid by the end of March 2021.

COVID-19 boost payment

As part of the state government’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), JobSeeker Payment recipients received a once-off boost of $500 as part of their 2020/21 Cost of Living Concession.

Applications closed 31 December 2020.

How to apply

Online

Complete the household concessions form to apply for the Cost of Living Concession, the Emergency Services Levy Remission and concessions on energy bills, water and sewerage rates.

Apply for concessions. Start now

Update your details using the online household concessions form.

Email

1. Complete the form

Download and complete the application for household concessions (271.5 KB PDF).

2. Submit the application

Email the form to concessions@sa.gov.au

What happens next

If your application is approved, your concession will be paid directly into your bank account by electronic funds transfer (EFT).

Contact

Email

Phone

ConcessionsSA Hotline (9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday) - 1800 307 758

Interpreting and translating

To arrange an onsite or telephone interpreter, or to have a document translated, please call the Interpreting and Translating Centre (ITC) on 1800 280 203.


Related information

On this site

Downloads

Are you eligible for a concession? brochure (270.0 KB PDF)

Alternative version 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


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Page last updated 7 January 2021

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