Pensioners in the Murray electorate are among 3.8million people nationally to benefit from a one-off payment of up to $75 to help with energy costs.
Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said the Energy Assistance Payment would be paid to people on the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Parenting Payment Single, as well as veterans and their partners who receive the Service Pension, Income Support Supplement and relevant compensation payments.
In Murray, 35813 people across the electorate will benefit from this measure, including 24367 age pensioners, 7464 Disability Support Pension recipients, 2293 Parenting Payment Single recipients and 1689 veterans payments recipients.
The one-off payment is $75 for singles and $62.50 for each pensioner in a couple.
It will be automatically paid to eligible recipients over the next two weeks.
‘‘This payment will not be taxed, will not be treated as income for tax purposes and does not count as income for social security purposes,’’ Mr Drum said.
Part-pensioners who no longer receive the part-pension due to recent changes in eligibility rules will get their Pensioner Concession Card reinstated; this will be automatically processed in October this year.
‘‘The Pensioner Concession Card allows people to access a range of benefits from state government, local government and private businesses,’’ Mr Drum said.
‘‘The reinstatement of this card will support in their day-to-day living costs.’’