Eligible NSW households will receive up to $350 in increased energy rebates, after the state government announced it would boost rates from mid next year.
The NSW budget will provide an additional $100 million to support families and households with their energy bills from July 1, 2024.
The increased energy bill relief will be given to eligible concession card holders, including low-income households, pensioners, self-funded retirees, veterans, families and people with certain medical conditions.
“We understand many people are doing it tough. This additional funding will make a material difference to some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” Energy Minister Penny Sharpe said.
Most households receiving the energy rebates will also have received a one-off payment of $500 through the national Energy Bill Relief Fund.
It comes as NSW residents were hit with energy price increases of up to 25 per cent in July this year.
How much are the increases?
From July 1, 2024 the Low Income Household Rebate and Medical Energy Rebate will increase from $285 to $350 per household, per financial year - an increase of 23 per cent.
The Family Energy Rebate will increase from $180 to $250 for those receiving the full rate - an increase of 39 per cent.
For those on the partial rate who also receive the Low Income Household Rebate, the assistance will increase from $20 to $30.
The Seniors Energy Rebate will increase from $200 to $250 - an increase of 25 per cent.
Lastly, the Life Support Rebate will increase for each piece of equipment by 22 per cent.
How to apply for the energy rebates
There are a range of rebates available for eligible low-income households, families and seniors, gas rebates, medical and life-support energy rebates.