Concession card holders who source non-mains energy for their heating, cooking and hot water can apply for a concession to help cover their yearly energy costs.
What does this concession apply to?
Non-mains sources of energy:
- Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
- Firewood for domestic heating, cooking or hot water
- Heating oil
- Electricity accessed via an embedded network
- Generator fuel.
Who can apply for the concession?
An account holder who holds one of the following eligible cards:
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Health Care Card
- Veterans' Affairs Gold Card
Are there other requirements for the concession?
Special conditions apply for firewood and generator fuel concessions. See the application form for more details.
How much is the concession?
The concession is paid annually based on the amount paid for each energy type in that year.
The rebate amounts for the 2016 calendar year are:
- $48 for spending from $100 to $274.99
- $144 for spending from $275 to $825.99
- $241 for spending from $826 to $1,374.99
- $343 for spending from $1,375 to $1,961.99
- $439 for spending from $1,962 to $2,509.99
- $534 for spending $2,510 and above.
A separate rebate is paid for each energy type used.
How do I apply for the concession?
Application forms are available from LPG suppliers, local councils, caravan park proprietors or by phoning the Concessions information line on 1800 658 521 (toll free).
Applications for each year close on 30 June of the following year.
Applications must include copies of paid invoices or receipts.
The department will check your concession card details with Centrelink and provide the concession as a rebate.