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7.5 Energy Assistance Payment

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What is the Energy Assistance Payment?

The EAP was a one-off lump sum payment paid in July 2017.  It was to help with rising costs of energy.

Eligibility Criteria

To have been eligible for an energy assistance payment (EAP), a person must have been, on 20 June 2017:

  • an Australian Resident; and
  • in receipt of:
    • Compensation
      • VEA Disability Pension;
      • VEA War Widow(er)’s Pension;
      • MRCA Special Rate Disability Pension;
      • MRCA Wholly Dependent Partners;
      • MRCA Permanent Impairment;
      • SRCA Permanent Impairment;
    • Income Support
      • VEA Service Pension;
      • VEA Income Support Supplement; or
      • SSA Age Pension paid by DVA.

Eligible clients included those who previously chose a compensation lump sum instead of periodic payments.

Clients that were eligible more than once, for example receiving both income support and compensation, were only entitled to one EAP.   However, double payments were only recovered if made as a result of fraud.

Rates of Energy Assistance Payment

Eligible recipients were paid their EAP on 3 July 2017.  Top-ups and retrospective payments are to be made when necessary.

If a client's primary payment was compensation, they received $75.00.

If a client's primary payment was income support (and they received no compensation), they received $75.00 (single), or $62.50 (each member of a couple).

Top up payments of Energy Assistance Payment

A person was eligible for a top-up amount of $12.50, for example:

  • where a person received an [insert glossary term: energy assistance payment] (EAP) at the partnered rate ($62.50), but was later assessed to be ‘single’ on 20 June 2017; or

  • where a person received an [insert glossary term: energy assistance payment] (EAP) at the income support rate for partnered persons ($62.50), but later had an accepted claim for compensation backdated to encompass 20 June 2017.

An Australian resident is a person who:

  • resides in Australia; and
  • is one of the following:
  • an Australian citizen;
  • the holder of a permanent visa;
  • the holder of a special category visa who is likely to remain permanently in Australia;
  • the holder of a special purpose visa who is likely to remain permanently in Australia.