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Eligibility for Energy Supplement
To be eligible for the energy supplement (ES) a person must be:
- a recipient of an underlying payment or benefit (UP);
- receiving a rate of payment greater than nil;
- an Australian resident; and
- in Australia or temporarily absent for no more than six weeks.
Special rules apply for some UPs.More
Underlying payments and benefits
The underlying payments and benefits (UPs) for DVA clients are:
- VEA Service Pension,
- SSA Age Pension paid by DVA,
- VEA War Widow/er's Pension,
- VEA Disability Pension,
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) grandfathered,
- VEA or MRCA Gold Card (only holders over qualifying age and not receiving income support),
- MRCA Wholly Dependant Partner payment,
- MRCA Special Rate Disability Pension,
- MRCA Permanent Impairment payment,
- VCES fortnightly education allowance, and
- MRCAETS fortnightly education allowance.
Receiving more than one ES
A person can be eligible for multiple ES payments. The following table demonstrates how people may receive more than one ES.
People can receive an ES for one of...
...and an ES for one of...
VEA service pension
VEA disability pension
CSHC holders with grandfathered status
MRCA special rate disability pension
VEA & MRCA gold card holders
MRCA permanent impairment payment
VEA war widow/widower's pension
MRCA wholly dependent partner payment
VCES fortnightly education allowance
MRCAETS fortnightly education allowance
Social Security Act 1991 energy qualifying payments, eg age pension
Multiple entitlement exclusion rules prevent a person receiving more than one ES from within the same group.More
Where a person has eligibility for the general rate of disability pension ES and MRCA permanent impairment ES, MRCA permanent impairment ES is paid.
In all other cases, if a person is eligible for more than one ES from within the same group, the highest ES out of those they are eligible for is paid.
Section 3A.11.1 VCES
Section 3A.11.1 MRCAETS
Special rules applying to some underlying payments and benefits
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.
Australia is defined in the Acts Interpretations Act 1901 and includes the following territories and Islands:
- Christmas Island
- Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Subsection 5Q(1) of the VEA provides specifically that the definition of Australia includes the external territories for many VEA purposes including Part III, IIIAB, some parts of Part IIIB, Parts IIID, VIIA, VIIC and sections 52ZO, 58A, and 132. Norfolk Island] is currently the only external territory of Australia. For the above VEA sections, which cover service pension, [glossary:income support supplement:118], pension bonus, pension loans scheme, Veterans supplement, pension supplement and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card purposes it is considered to be part of Australia. The test of residing in Australia does not by itself satisfy the full definition of Australian Resident, as residency also requires Australian citizenship or the holding of a specified visa.
Papua New Guinea and Nauru have both previously been external territories of Australia. Lord Howe Island and Macquarie Island, formerly regarded as separate islands, are now part of mainland NSW and Tasmania respectively.