The new Labor Government has delivered on its election commitment to double the Cost-of-Living Concession for the 2022-23 financial year.
The Cost-of-Living Concession some time ago replaced the council rate concession to help those on low or fixed incomes with cost of living expenses such as council rates, energy and medical bills.
If you have previously received a Cost of Living Concession payment and your living and income arrangements have not changed, you do not need to reapply. You will automatically receive the increased concession.
The concession is paid once a year directly into your bank account by electronic funds transfer, and can only be paid to one person per household.
To be eligible, you must live at the property; hold an eligible card, receive an eligible Centrelink payment, or meet low income provisions.
For the 2022/23 financial year (a one-off), the amount per eligible household is:
- homeowner-occupiers: $449 (doubled from $224.50)
- homeowner-occupiers who are self-funded retirees with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card: $224.60 (doubled from $112.30)
- tenants: $224.60 (doubled from $112.30).
For more information visit Cost-of-Living Concession or call the Concessions SA Hotline on 1800 307 758. There is also an online form at this link to apply or update your banking details.