Centrelink pay doubled for South Australians in one-time payment
Dave Matthews is among those on low incomes and pensioners who are receiving a one-time, double cost of living payment aimed at providing relief to those who are struggling.
The social housing tenant is one of 192,000 South Australians receiving up to $449 in cash directly into their bank accounts under a scheme announced earlier this year in the state budget.
Premier Peter Malinauskas said it was the largest payment ever made by the state government to concession card holders and low-income people.
“With rising cost of living pressures, inflation and the influx of interest rates, this payment couldn’t come at a better time,” he said.
“This one-time, doubled cost-of-living reduction payment was what we promised – and we’re delivering on it now.”
Under the concession program, homeowners will receive $449, while renters will receive $224.60 per household.
Homeowners who are self-funded retirees with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card will also receive $224.60 per household.
The cost-of-living concession replaced the municipal rate concession to help people with low or fixed incomes with their living expenses such as municipal rates, energy, and medical bills.
All existing and eligible new customers who applied before July 1 should receive their payment by the end of this month.
New applicants will be paid if they apply by December 31.
To obtain the concession, you must live in a property and receive a Centrelink payment, hold an eligible card or meet the low income provisions.
Tenants must not live with anyone who earns more than the low-income provisions, unless they receive an allowance from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans Affairs, or they are your spouse, domestic partner or someone dependent.
To apply, you will need your Centrelink customer reference number, your DVA file number or a copy of your most recent tax notice.