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Energy Bill Relief reaches more families and households this Christmas

17 December 2023

17 Dec 2023

The Minns Government is expanding energy support payments to more households to help ease cost of living pressures during the festive season.

Carer Allowance recipients, Low Income Health Card holders and Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold Card holders in embedded networks are now all able to apply for a National Energy Bill Relief payment.

The rebate provides up to $500 towards electricity bills over the 2023-24 financial year.

Applications for these newly eligible people and households have opened six weeks ahead of schedule, providing more support, faster, to ease financial pressures in the lead up to Christmas. The National Energy Bill Relief Plan is co-funded by the NSW and Australian Governments and is worth a total of $966 million.

For more information, visit the Energy NSW website at https://www.energy.nsw.gov.au/households/rebates-grants-and-schemes/national-energy-bill-relief

Additionally, NSW is providing $330 million to households eligible for Energy Social Programs, which include six energy rebates and a crisis support scheme.

Consumers can check their eligibility for NSW rebates and vouchers at https://www.nsw.gov.au/money-and-taxes/cost-of-living-hub

Quote attributable to Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe:

“This is a significant milestone in the rollout of National Energy Bill Relief in NSW, with payments now available for all eligible consumers.

“We understand many people are doing it particularly tough as cost-of-living pressures continue, and we want everyone to access the support they are eligible for.

“The NSW Government remains committed to keeping downward pressure on power process while working to get more renewable energy into the grid.”

Quote attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Trish Doyle:

“The Minns Government was elected to deliver real cost of living support which is what we are delivering. These rebates will make a real difference to those in our community.”

“I encourage all consumers to check their eligibility and get the support they are entitled to.”

MEDIA: Natalie Peters| Minister Sharpe | 0403 177 343