Help with power bills in the NT

One-off payments will be given to almost 23,000 Territorians to help with energy costs.

Almost 23,000 Territorians are among 3.8 million people nationally to benefit from one-off payments of up to $75 to help with energy costs.

The Energy Assistance Payment will be provided to people on the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Parenting Payment Single as well as Veterans and their partners who receive the Service Pension, Income Support Supplement and relevant compensation payments.

22,889 Territorians will benefit from this measure, namely:

  • 9562 recipients of the Age Pension;
  • 8278 recipients of the Disability Support Pension;
  • 3662 recipients of Parenting Payment Single; 
  • 1387 recipients of Veteran payments.

The one-off payment is $75 for single pensioners and $62.50 for each pensioner if in a couple.

It will be automatically paid to eligible recipients over the next two weeks.

“This one-off payment was part of a sensible and reasonable package to secure significant reform through the Senate to reduce company tax rates to businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million,” Senator Nigel Scullion said.

“In securing the passage of the company tax cuts – which help more than 3.2 million small and medium-sized businesses employing 6.5 million people to invest more, employ extra staff and pay higher wages – the Government also committed to these one-off payments.”

The payment will not be taxed or treated as income for tax purposes and does not count as income for social security purposes.

Further information is available at:  www.humanservices.gov.au/energyassist

In addition, more than 200 part-pensioners in the Northern Territory will have their Pensioner Concession Card reinstated.

“Some former part-pensioners lost access to certain benefits as a consequence of losing their Pensioner Concession Cards through the reforms to the pension assets test that commenced at the start of this year,” Senator Scullion said.

“I’m delighted these people will have their cards reinstated and be able to continue to access the same benefits they previously had through the Pensioner Concession Card.”

The Pensioner Concession Card will be automatically provided to eligible former part-pensioners in October.

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