Energy bill concessions

Due to Covid-19, changes have been made to the way some services are delivered. Use the online application form to apply for household concessions. Processing delays may apply to applications received by post.

Eligible South Australians on low or fixed incomes can apply for help with the cost of energy bills for their principal place of residence.

The SA Concessions Energy Discount Offer is available to energy concession recipients.

If you live in a residential park you may be eligible for a combined concession for your energy, water and sewerage - Residential Park Concessions.

To apply you'll need:

  • your Centrelink customer reference number (CRN) or DVA file number
  • information from your most recent electricity bill, including:
    • retailer name
    • account number
    • National Metering Identifier (NMI) number
    • billing dates.

You can also use the form to update your details - eg address or bank details.

Other ways to apply

What happens next

How your concession is paid depends on your living arrangements - how payments are made

Who should apply

You must:

  • live at the property
  • have an energy account in your name and be listed first on your energy bill
  • hold an eligible concession card or receive an eligible Centrelink payment
  • not be living with anyone who has an income of more than $3,000 per year, 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
  • 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.

Asylum seekers

If you are a verified asylum seeker and your principal place of residence is in South Australia, you can apply for an energy concession through your Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS) if you:

  • are receiving case management and/or support from an organisation contracted by the Department of Home Affairs to provide services under the SRSS program
  • meet low income requirements
  • hold an energy account in your name for your principal place of residence
  • are not living with anyone who earns more than $3,000 per year.

How to apply

Contact your SRSS provider to apply.

Concession amount

For 2020/21, you may be eligible to receive up to $231.41 to cover energy payments, including fuels used to generate energy (eg LPG bottled gas and petrol).

The concession amount is indexed each financial year.

How payments are made

Home owners

Your concession will be applied directly to your electricity bill.

Housing SA tenants

Your concession will be applied to your utility bill.

Private tenants

Your concession will be applied directly to your electricity bill.

If you live in a residential park

You will receive a quarterly combined payment directly into your bank account for all eligible concessions.

If you live in a retirement village

Depending on the arrangements you have with your retirement village operator, concessions will be:

  • received as a quarterly payment directly into your bank account
  • if you receive an electricity bill in your name from a retailer, your concession will be applied to this bill.

If you don't get a bill from an energy retailer (eg you generate your own energy)

Your concession will be paid directly into your bank account.

Changing retailers

When changing energy retailers, your name must:

  • be listed as an account holder on your electricity bill
  • match your Centrelink or DVA card.

Use the online household concessions form or phone the ConcessionsSA Hotline on 1800 307 758 to update your details, once you have received your first electricity bill from your new energy retailer.

Note: energy retailers in South Australia cannot transfer your concession, you must contact ConcessionsSA.

Changing address

If you move house, you must:

  1. update your address details with Centrelink or DVA
  2. wait until you have received your first electricity bill at your new address before contacting ConcessionsSA
  3. use the online household concessions form or phone the ConcessionsSA Hotline on 1800 307 758 to update your details with ConcessionsSA.

Contact

Email: concessions@sa.gov.au

Phone: ConcessionsSA Hotline (9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday) - 1800 307 758

Translations: 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

Other websites

Downloads

Are you eligible for a concession? brochure

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 3 March 2021

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