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Energy rebates and concessions in Australia

Find the electricity, gas and solar concessions and rebates available in your state

Many households are entitled to reduced energy costs through government rebate and concession programs. Available rebates in Australia include discounts on electricity bills, discounts on natural gas or LPG costs, financial hardship assistance to help keep the power on and rebates for people who need to use energy-intensive medical equipment.

The types of rebates available to you depend on the state you live in and whether or not you meet eligibility requirements. To be eligible for a rebate, you generally have to have a valid pension or concession card, but each rebate and concession has different requirements so make sure to check specific requirements for the discount you're interested in.

Residents of NSW, VIC and QLD

If you live in New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland, click your state below for more information on the energy rebates and concessions available to you.

Residents of South Australia

South Australian residents may be eligible for the following rebates or concessions:

  • Energy Bill Concession. Electricity discounts for eligible concession cardholders.
  • Medical Heating and Cooling Concession. Rebates for people who are medically unable to regulate their body temperature.
  • Cost of Living Concession. Reduces the cost of basic utilities including water, gas, medical bills and electricity for those with an eligible pension or concession card.
  • Residential Park Resident Concession. Concession for people living in residential or caravan parks who have an eligible concession card or receive an eligible Centrelink payment.
  • Home Dialysis Electricity Concession. Electricity for patients with kidney disease who receive dialysis treatment at home.
How to apply: Contact your energy supplier to find out if you are eligible for any discounts and concessions. You can also check the South Australia government website for more information about available concessions.

Residents of Tasmania

If you live in Tasmania, you may be eligible for the following rebates or concessions:

  • Annual Electricity Concession. Electricity discounts for eligible concession cardholders.
  • Heating Allowance. Discounts for eligible pensioners to help with heating costs.
  • Life Support Concession. Rebates for those with energy-intensive life support equipment.
  • Medical Cooling Concession. Rebates for people who are medically unable to regulate their body temperature.
How to apply: Check with your state government for application information. You can also contact your energy company to find out which rebates and concessions you might be eligible for.

Residents of Western Australia

If you live in Western Australia, you may be eligible for the following rebates or concessions:

  • Energy Concession Extension Scheme (ECES). Electricity discounts for eligible WA residents.
  • Hardship Utility Grant Scheme (HUGS). Financial assistance for those who are struggling to pay their utility bills.
How to apply: Contact your energy provider and ask them to assess if you are eligible for either of the schemes available to WA residents.

Residents of Northern Territory

Northern Territory residents may be eligible for the following rebates or concessions:

  • NT Concession Scheme. Electricity and water concession for eligible pension and concession cardholders.
  • NT Seniors Recognition Scheme. An annual payment that can be used for travel, electricity and/or water.

Residents of the ACT

If you live in the Australian Capital Territory, you may be eligible for the following rebates or concessions:

  • The Utilities Concession. Electricity, natural gas, water and sewerage discounts for eligible pension and concession cardholders.
  • Energy Concession. Electricity and gas discounts for residents of the ACT who have eligible pension and concession cards.
How to apply: Contact your energy provider for more information.

Additional ways to save on energy costs

If you are experiencing financial hardship and having trouble paying your energy bill, contact your energy provider and ask if they have a hardship scheme or payment plan that could help reduce your financial stress. If you think you're paying too much for energy, you might also be able to cut down your costs by switching energy providers.

You can also save by doing the following:

Compare electricity, gas and solar energy providers in Australia to find the energy plan that meets your needs

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