Concessions available for the most vulnerable in our community
The State Government is using Anti-Poverty Week (16 to 22 October) to encourage vulnerable South Australians to check whether they are eligible for a concession.
There is a range of household concessions for eligible South Australians, including for the cost of living, energy, water and sewerage.
The concessions are available to help South Australians on low or fixed incomes, and eligibility criteria varies slightly between concession types.
Applications for the 2016 -17 financial year Cost of Living Concession (COLC) – which provides eligible South Australian households on low or fixed incomes with up to $200 annually to assist with cost of living expenses such as utilities and council rates – close on 31 October 2016.
If you received the concession last financial year, and your circumstances have not changed, you do not have to reapply. If you have moved house, your income has changed or you have not received it before, you should check your eligibility and apply if necessary by 31 October.
The COLC is an annual payment introduced on 1 July 2015 that provides flexibility for recipients, who can use it wherever it is most needed.
Completed forms should be sent to Cost of Living Concession, Reply Paid 84782, Adelaide, SA, 5001. For more information call the Concession Hotline on 1800 307 758 or visit www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/concessions or www.sa.gov.au/concessions/costofliving.
Anti-Poverty Week aims to encourage all Australians to organise or take part in an activity to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship, in Australia or overseas. For further information visit www.antipovertyweek.org.au/.
Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison said:
Concessions provide vital assistance to people on low or fixed incomes to meet their cost of living expenses.
Some people who are working and have a weekly income may not realise they may be eligible for a concession.
Last year, more than 182,800 South Australian households benefitted from a Cost of Living Concession payment.