Energy

Extension to $250 power grant a bonus

03 February 2022


More households across the Euroa electorate will have an opportunity to apply for the $250 Power Savings Bonus payment after the program was extended by five months.

Local MP and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the extension to June 30 meant thousands more households in regional and rural Victoria would have an opportunity to apply for the one-off payment, helping to cover the cost of skyrocketing electricity bills.

“The Power Savings Bonus program has been great for regional and rural Victorians doing it tough, especially over the past two years,” Ms Ryan said. 

“Following the government’s poor promotion of the program last year, I wrote out to more than 10,000 households across the Euroa electorate to ensure people knew how to apply.

“Since then, my office has assisted more than 2,500 people who would have otherwise struggled to apply because they didn’t have a computer or access to the internet. 

“This one-off payment of $250 can make a world of difference for households struggling to make ends meet.”

Ms Ryan said The Nationals had previously called on the Andrews Government to also open the program to casual workers to help ease the burden of two years of lockdowns. 

The $250 one-off rebate is accessible for Victorian electricity account holders who hold a Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or receive payments under one of the following concession programs:

  • Centrelink Pensioner Concession
  • JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession 

Eligible concession card holders who haven’t already made a claim are able apply for the one-off $250 Power Savings Bonus at https://compare.energy.vic.gov.au/ from now until 30 June 2022.

Anyone requiring assistance to complete an application is welcome to call Steph Ryan’s office on 5762 1600 or visit 25 Bridge Street, Benalla Monday-Friday between 9am and 4pm.

 

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