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Understanding ACT Rates-Rebates and Utility Bills-Concessions

03 Feb 2020

Dear Carers,

Please see below valuable information in regards to rebates and concessions available for pensioners and concession card holders.

RATES: From the ACT revenue website.

https://www.revenue.act.gov.au/home-owner-assistance/rates-assistance?result_1060955_result_page=2

Rebates 

If you’re a home owner in the ACT and receive a Commonwealth Government pension with entitlement to a Pensioner Concession Card, a Department of Veterans’ Affairs or a War Veteran’s pension, you may be eligible for a rates rebate.

The pensioner rates rebate is a 50 per cent rebate on your rates capped at $700 and only applies to your principal place of residence .

Eligible applicants will also receive a rebate of $98 for the Fire and Emergency Services Levy.

If there are two property owners and they are both eligible for the pension, the household will receive the full rebate. If there is only one person eligible for the pension, 50 per cent of the rebate will be applied.

If you have been continuously eligible for the rebate since 30 June 1997, you are covered by a different rebate scheme. The amount of your rebate is 50 per cent of your rates, but your rebate capped at the 2015–16 level if it exceeded $700 in that year.

A rebate can only be applied from the year of application and not before. If you become a pensioner during the year, contact us as soon as possible to determine whether you’re eligible for a rebate.

On ringing the contact number a worker confirmed it is per household so that if two pensioners own the house they get $700 rebate. If one pensioner singly owns the house they get $700 rebate and if  the house is co-owned by one pensioner and one non-pensioner the rebate is halved ie $350.

UTILITIES: From the ACTEW AGL website.

https://www.actewagl.com.au/Help-and-advice/Rebates.aspx

ACTEW AGL

Concessions — ACT and NSW

If you hold a current Centrelink Pensioner Concession card (PCC), Centrelink Low Income Health Care card (HCC) or Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner concession Card, the electricity and/or gas account holder may be eligible for a Concession

Please note: the Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card is not an eligible card under the scheme.

ACT Utilities Concession: ActewAGL manages the Utilities Concession on behalf of the ACT Government. The Utilities Concession covers electricity, gas and water and sewerage services and is passed to you via your electriConcessions — ACT and NSW

If you hold a current Centrelink Pensioner Concession card (PCC), Centrelink Low Income Health Care card (HCC) or Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner concession Card, the electricity and/or gas account holder may be eligible for a Concession

Please note: the Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card is not an eligible card under the scheme.

ACT Utilities Concession: ActewAGL manages the Utilities Concession on behalf of the ACT Government. The Utilities Concession covers electricity, gas and water and sewerage services and is passed to you via your electricity account. The Utilities Concession is calculated on a daily basis and is shown as a separate line item on each electricity invoice

city account. The Utilities Concession is calculated on a daily basis and is shown as a separate line item on each electricity invoice

For each billing period, a concession will be applied if the following provisions are met:

LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION:

https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/1357/~/act-government-concessions#!tabs-1

Provides a tool to help establish where rebates might be available.

https://www.revenue.act.gov.au/home-owner-assistance/rates-assistance?result_1060955_result_page=2

Includes information about deferring rates if the homeowner is aged over 65. Also includes information if the property is owned by a special disability trust.