Minister Zoe Bettison
Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion
News Release Thursday, 2 June, 2015
South Australians can now apply online for new cost of living concession. More than 200,000 eligible South Australian households can now apply online for the State Government’s new cost of living concession of up to $200.
The concession, that replaces the Federal Government’s defunct council rate rebate, has also been expanded to tenants and self-funded retirees with a federal health care card. Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison said the easy to access payment provides support to South Australians struggling with utility and other costs.
“South Australian pensioners, retirees and low income earners will now receive up to $200 annually through this concession toward cost of living expenses,” Ms Bettison said.
“This payment responds to the Federal Government’s abolition of the $190 council rate concession which left many South Australian families under undue financial pressure.”
Ms Bettison said the new concession also provides greater flexibility for recipients.
“The State Government is putting up to $200 into the hands of South Australians for energy, water or council rate costs – or anything else they need to support themselves and their families.”
Applications can be made online at www.sa.gov.au/concessions/costofliving
Or call the Concessions Hotline on 1800 307 758.
Forms can be downloaded and posted to:
Concessions and Support Services Cost of Living Concession Reply Paid 84782 Adelaide SA 5001
For information on other State Government concessions visit www.sa.gov.au/concessions
The roll out of information kiosks around the CORPS community service centres is nearing completion. The aim is to provide access to the Affordable SA App for vistiors to the centres who may not have access through other means.
Playford centre staff (pictured) recently received their built in tablet. These information kiosks are now available in; Arndale, Ingle Farm, Marion, Murray Bridge, Playford, Tea Tree Gully and Port Augusta. City Salvos will be installed early November.
The Affordable SA App is a mobile resource providing easy access to support services for South Australians and empowering house holds facing difficulties in making ends meet. It helps to connect the dots between support services, providing an easy self guiding mobile application so that those in need can make informed decisions to take control over their financial issues and obtain useful assistance for their well being