Thousands of Aussies are getting a $449 cash boost – here’s how to find out if you’re eligible
- 192,000 South Australians will receive a one-time cash payment of up to $449
- Payment is available to concession cardholders and low-income individuals.
- The extra money will help ease the pressure of the current cost of living crisis.
- Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas said it is the largest payment from the state government
Low-income individuals and retirees are receiving single and duplicate cost-of-living grant payments intended to provide relief to those experiencing hard times during this period of high inflation.
Some 192,000 South Australians (more than 10 per cent of the state’s population) will receive up to $449 in cash directly into their bank accounts under a scheme announced earlier this year in the state budget.
Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas said it was the state government’s largest ever payment to concession card holders and low-income people.
192,000 South Australians to receive a one-time payment of up to $449, designed to help ease inflation pressure
“With rising cost-of-living pressures, inflation and influx of interest rates, this payment couldn’t come at a better time,” he said.
‘This one-time concession payment for double the cost of living was what we promised, and now we’re delivering on it.’
Under the concession scheme, home owner-occupants will receive $449, while renters will receive $224.60 per household.
Home occupants who are self-funded retirees with a Commonwealth Senior Health Card will also receive $224.60 per household.
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Low-income individuals and concession cardholders will be able to access the one-time payment through their Centrelink accounts.
The cost of living allowance replaced the council fee allowance to help people with low or fixed incomes with their general living expenses such as council fees, 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 have until the end of this year to request payments.
To get the concession, you must live in a property and receive a payment from Centrelink, have 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 a Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs allowance, or are their spouse, common-law partner or dependent.
To apply, you will need your Centrelink customer reference number, DVA file number or a copy of your most recent tax assessment.