Concessions available for more people

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Transport and energy concessions are now available to more Queenslanders helping to help ease cost-of-living pressures for these essentials.

Health Care Card holders and Asylum Seekers will be able to apply for the electricity rebate (as of 1 April) and job seekers and Asylum Seekers are eligible for transport concessions from today.

Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley says QCOSS have been advocating for changes for many years.

“We know it will make things a little easier for families who are having to make the tough decisions – to pay the electricity bill, to buy a train ticket, or pay the rent,” he says.

“I congratulate the government on making these changes because our engagement with the community sector across the state tells us that cost-of-living pressures remain one of the major challenges for our most vulnerable households.

“These changes are a critical step in assisting our most vulnerable families and individuals to break the cycle of poverty and actively participate socially and economically.”

To apply for the transport concession customers can go to the Translink website.

To apply for the electricity rebate account holders need to contact their energy retailer providing their name, electricity account number (on their bill), date of birth, and either their ImmiCard number or Health Care Card number. This factsheet provides more information.

These changes will be reflected in energy literacy work being done by QCOSS in our regular webinars as well as in the Switched on Communities and Energy Savvy Families programs.

For more than 55 years QCOSS has been a leading force for social change to eliminate poverty and disadvantage. With members from throughout Queensland, QCOSS supports a strong community service sector.