3 September, 2015

South Australians can now apply online for new cost of living concession

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