Changes to the Energy Supplement
Just when you thought you’d taken all the cuts Centrelink could dish out – along comes another one.
Despite soaring energy prices and rising household debt, there are planned cuts to the Energy Supplement payment.
What’s the Energy Supplement?
- This is a Centrelink payment to help households meet their energy expenses.
- It was originally designed to offset any increase in power costs associated with the carbon tax.
Who gets the Energy Supplement?
- The Energy Supplement is paid to eligible pensioners and income support recipients, Family Tax Benefit recipients, and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders.
- From 20 March 2017 the rules around the Energy Supplement payment are changing.
- How you’re affected depends on when you started getting the supplement and with which payment or card.
- It’s all a bit complicated – but check out the tables below to see how you might be affected.
What do I need to do?
Nothing. If you’re affected you’ll get a letter from Centrelink, and the change will happen automatically.
You can read more information and an outline of the Energy Supplement changes that are coming into effect here.