You are here

Energy Payments

Legislative Authority

Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (Part IIIE)
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (Part 5A)
Veterans Children Education Scheme (Part 3A)
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (Part 3A)

 

Stated Purpose/Intent

The energy supplement is part of the Household Assistance Package, which provides ongoing financial assistance to certain members of the veteran and defence community.

 

Eligibility

A person must be receiving one of the following underlying payments:

  • service pension
  • seniors supplement
  • disability pension
  • war widow(er)'s pension
  • MRCA permanent impairment payment
  • MRCA special rate disability pension
  • MRCA wholly dependent partner payment
  • VCES fortnightly education allowance for secondary or tertiary students
  • MRCAETS fortnightly education allowance for secondary or tertiary students

 

Notes

  1. The energy supplement can be paid during the first 6 weeks of a temporary absence from Australia.
  2. For CSHC holders, an additional rule has been introduced to remove grandfathered status after 19 weeks temporary absence from Australia. If you leave Australia temporarily for greater than 19 weeks, you will still receive Energy Supplement for the first six weeks but on return to Australia, you will not be grandfathered and will not be able to receive Energy Supplement after 19 March 2017.
  3. Energy supplement is also available to certain recipients of income support payments paid under the social security law.
  4. Multiple entitlement exclusions prevent a person receiving more than one energy payment. However, a person receiving disability pension, MRCA permanent impairment payment or MRCA special rate disability pension, as well as another underlying payment, can receive energy payments in respect of both underlying payments.

 

Date of Introduction

The clean energy advance commenced on 1 July 2012.

The clean energy supplement (now the energy supplement) commenced on:

  • 20 March 2013 for most payments
  • 1 July 2013 for MRCA permanent impairment payments
  • 1 January 2014 for VCES and MRCAETS fortnightly education allowance for secondary or tertiary students

The energy supplement replaced the clean energy supplement on 20 September 2014. Indexation also no longer applies from this date.

From 20 March 2017, Energy Supplement will no longer be paid to new CSHC holders. Clients who were entitled to the Energy Supplement on 19 September 2016 as a CSHC holder will be grandfathered, meaning they will continue to receive Energy Supplement for as long as they continuously hold the CSHC. Additional rules apply to allow grandfathering where a client moves from an income support payment to becoming a CSHC holder within 42 days.

Original Purpose/Intent

Clean energy payments (the clean energy advance and the clean energy supplement) were introduced through the Household Assistance Package, part of the Government's Plan for a Clean Energy Future.  The payments commenced effective from 1 July 2012 when the price on carbon commenced.
 

Significant Changes in Criteria or Purpose Since Introduction

2012

The clean energy advance commenced on 1 July 2012.

The first clean energy advance payments were paid on 14 June 2012, for the period commencing on 1 July 2012. The clean energy advance also required the person to be in Australia.

2013

The clean energy supplement commenced on 20 March 2013 for most underlying payments.

The clean energy supplement commenced on 1 July 2013 for MRCA permanent impairment payments.

2014

The clean energy supplement commenced on 1 January 2014 for VCES and MRCAETS fortnightly education allowance for secondary or tertiary students.

The clean energy supplement was replaced by the energy supplement on 20 September 2014. Indexation also no longer applies from this date.

2017

The energy supplement closed to new CSHC holders from 20 March 2017. Grandfathering provisions were established for some CSHC holders and clients moving from an income support payment to becoming a CSHC holder.

Energy Supplement is still payable for the first six weeks of a temporary absence from Australia. For CSHC holders, grandfathered status will be removed after 19 weeks temporary absence from Australia.