$250 Bill-busting Payment Available to All Victorian Households

5 July 2022

All Victorian households can now claim the state’s flagship cost of living support measure, a $250 bill-busting Power Saving Bonus, just by visiting the Victorian Energy Compare price comparison website or engaging with a community outreach partner.

The Victorian Government understands the cost of living is going up in the Narre Warren South electorate and is taking direct action to help during the recent spike in energy prices.

From Friday, 1 July, a new $250 Power Saving Bonus payment became available to all Victorian households, including the more than 400,000 concession card holders who claimed under the program’s previous phase.

The bonus is available to access at any time in the next 12 months and there are no limits or caps on the number of households that can receive the once-off payment, one payment per household.

The quickest way to apply is through the Victorian Energy Compare website at compare.energy.vic.gov.au. Victorians can also call the VEC helpline on 1800 000 832 or receive support from community outreach partners Good Shepherd - Neighbourhood House, Consumer Action Law Centre, Ethnic Community Council, Brotherhood of St Laurence, and State Trustees.

Households that previously claimed a $50 or $250 Power Saving Bonus are eligible for this new one-off payment.

Separately, Solar Victoria offers households and businesses discounted solar panels, batteries and efficient heating and cooling. For more information, visit Victorian Energy Saver: www.victorianenergysaver.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews:

“This new $250 bill busting payment will provide immediate relief to all Victorian households. This includes any of the more than 400,000 eligible concession card holders who claimed during a previous round – placing $500 directly into the pockets of some of the most vulnerable Victorians this year.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio:

“From the Power Saving Bonus to our leading energy efficiency programs – we are working to protect Victorians from external price rises, helping everyone be more energy efficient and find a better deal on their energy bill.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South, Gary Maas MP:

“I encourage every household in Narre Warren South to take advantage of this offer. Go on-line, ring the hotline, visit one of the outreach partners, or give my office a call on 8783 6959 for help to access the Power Saving Bonus.”

“This Power Saving Bonus is just one of the ways that the State Government is supporting Victorians with the rising cost of living.”

“Victoria is at the forefront of the changeover to renewable energy with set targets to reduce greenhouse emissions and investments to build the infrastructure we need to power our future. All while supporting people with their bills today.”