The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath is concerned eligible vulnerable residents in Eastern Victoria are missing out on a one off $250 payment from the State Government.
The $250 Power Saving Bonus is a one-off rebate 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
- Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy
- Department of Veterans Affairs pensioner concession
Ms Bath said she wanted to ensure her constituents in Eastern Victoria who are eligible for this rebate didn’t miss out.
“I’m concerned that the Andrews Labor Government has done a haphazard job advertising this payment, particularly to those who don’t access social media,” Ms Bath said.
“Poor program communication combined with the decision to make the applications process online-only will result in many residents missing out on the rebate.”
Ms Bath said for those without access to the internet, or who simply require guidance to complete their application, can seek over-the-phone assistance through the Brotherhood of St Laurence by calling 1800 830 029,”.
“I am aware that there may be people aged under 65 or simply not on the electoral roll who are unaware of this program and as such I’m asking people to help spread the word to their friends and neighbours,” said Ms Bath.
“If you have a loved one or neighbour who may be eligible for the Power Saving Bonus payment, please ensure they are aware of it.
“If you are unsure about your eligibility you can find more information about the Power Saving Bonus, including how to apply, by visiting the Victorian Energy Compare website at https://compare.energy.vic.gov.au.
“Alternatively, constituents can contact my office on 5174 7066 and a member of my team will help assess your eligibility.”