Cost of Living Relief: $1000 Energy Rebate

Cost of living is the number one issue affecting local families.

Global inflation is impacting everything from groceries and petrol to rent, electricity, insurance and phone bills.

As your local member, I have been fighting for greater cost of living relief for local families like yours. 

I’m thrilled that Premier Steven Miles has listened and is doing what matters by taking the pressure off every Queensland household with a $1000 energy rebate.

Tell Me More About The $1000 Energy Rebate

The rebate was directly applied to your energy account on July 1, meaning you won’t have to pay a bill until you have used $1000 worth of electricity.
 

This nearly doubles the $550 electricity rebate that was paid to households this financial year.

Even better, the federal Albanese is also providing a $300 rebate, which is split over three quarters.

 
For eligible seniors, pensioners and concession card holders there’s even more support on offer : A $1,372 off their power bills from the Miles government, plus another $350 from the Albanese government.
 
We’re able to provide this level of support to local households because we’re making coal mining companies pay their fair share of royalties to Queenslanders for the resources we own.

 

More Cost of Living Relief

The energy rebate is just one of the many ways in which our government  is delivering cost of living relief for Bundy locals. 

Additional measures include:

  • 50 cent fares for public transport across the state (Yes, including on our local Translink network in Bundy)
  • A 20 per cent rego reduction for cars and utes 
  • 200,000 FairPlay vouchers to reduce the cost of kids’ sport
  • Abolishing stamp duty for first home buyers on homes up to $700,000
  • Freezing all government fees and charges including driver licences and fishing licences

These measures were all included in the most recent state budget. Here are a few measures we’d announced earlier:

Rental Security Subsidy

If you’re facing short-term financial barriers, our Rental Security Subsidy can help by paying a portion of your rent directly to your property manager for up to 12 months.

The subsidy can support you if you’re experiencing financial barriers to maintaining your tenancy, such as:

  • additional bills
  • health issues
  • the sudden loss of employment
  • unforeseen caring responsibilities.

The level of rent subsidy is based on factors such as total household income and your circumstances.

To find out more and to see if you’re eligible, visit https://www.qld.gov.au/…/ren…/financial/security-subsidy

Limiting rent increases to once a year

In March the Miles Government announced it will limit rent increases to once a year, rather than every six months, to give renters a fair go.

Reducing the frequency of increases from six months to 12 months is also consistent with most other states and territories across the country.

More details, including the commencement date, will be announced in due course.

Support for pensioners and seniors

Thousands of older Queenslanders could be missing out on up to $1100 in cost-of-living rebates and other support.

The Miles Government is providing cost of living relief to help more seniors and pensioners cover bills during this time.

Some of the relief on offer includes:

  • Electricity rebates (As mentioned above)
  • Up to $120 a year off water costs
  • Up to $200 a year off local government rates
  • A free pair of basic prescription glasses every two years
  • Discounted public transport travel
  • Cheaper car registration
  • Home Assist Secure – $500/year for maintenance work around the house.

To find out about concessions and rebates and to see if you are eligible, go to https://concessionsfinder.services.QLD.gov.au

Support for households

Some of the support on offer includes:

  • Cheaper learner licences – We cut the fee for all learner licences by more than half down to $75 to save families and young drivers starting out.
  • Free or cheaper kindy
  • Discounted public transport fares for children and students
  • Up to $295 per student per year towards textbook costs
  • Rental bond loans for private rental accommodation
  • Fee-Free Tafe available for eligible Queenslanders

To find out about concessions and rebates and to see if you are eligible, go to https://concessionsfinder.services.QLD.gov.au

What if I still need further support?

Emergency Relief program

The Emergency Relief Program provides financial and/or material support to Queenslanders in financial crisis.

The program provides support such as food vouchers, food parcels and third-party payments for vulnerable Queenslanders, and aims to prevent future financial crisis by referring people to appropriate financial and social support services.

We have funded services across Queensland to deliver this program. If you are struggling with unexpected financial pressures, and requiring financial support, you can seek assistance from one of the Emergency Relief services.

Find out more at https://www.qld.gov.au/community/cost-of-living-support/emergency-relief-program

Please get in touch with my team if you’d like help in finding out more about what support is available.

Charity support

A number of charities also offer support to Queenslanders in need. Find out more at https://www.qld.gov.au/community/cost-of-living-support/support-from-charities