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Concessions and grants

Concessions and grants can be useful to help pay bills and ongoing living expenses.

There are lots available, depending on what state or territory you live in, so it's always worth checking what you're eligible for. Generally, if you're elderly, have a disability, or experiencing financial hardship there may be assistance available.

How to find a concession or grant

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Are you receiving Centrelink benefits and/or in financial hardship?

Many concessions and benefits are available if Centrelink is your main source of income or if you're disabled. 

Some concessions are available when you're in financial hardship. To demonstrate you're in financial hardship you can:

  • complete a simple budget
  • contact us and speak to a financial counsellor for assistance.
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See what concessions are available where you live

The government has a handy search tool so that you can find the concessions available in your state or territory.

Check out concession information where you live.

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Check the Centrelink Payment Finder

Get online and pop your details (work circumstances, if you have kids, if you're a carer) into Centrelink’s Payment Finder.

The tool then assesses your situation and shows any concessions or grants that may be available to you. For example, you may be able to access carer payments, Newstart Allowance, a low-income health card, or a disability support pension.

Use the Payment Finder for more information.

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Speak to one of our financial counsellors

If your problem still hasn't been solved, or you're feeling overwhelmed, call us on 1800 007 007 to speak with one of our financial counsellors.

Utilities and mortgage assistance

What help is available for my mortgage?

The Mortgage Relief Scheme

The ACT, Victoria and Queensland have government-funded mortgage relief schemes for home-owners struggling with short term, severe financial hardship. In these schemes, interest-free loans are offered to cover arrears and some future payments.

Each of these states/territories has their own strict eligibility requirements. For more information, contact:
Department of Revenue (ACT)
Housing and Community Building, Department of Human Services (VIC)
Department of Housing (QLD)

We recommend you speak to a financial counsellor if you believe one of these schemes may benefit you.

What help is available for my utilities?

You may be entitled to concession rates, a utility grant or special services to help you manage your utility costs.

There are a number of State, Territory and Federal-based utility relief schemes that are available to people who are struggling with paying their bills. While each scheme has its own eligibility requirements, they're generally only available to people who receive a Centrelink payment, or hold a Health Care or Concession Card.

To find out what utility relief schemes you may be eligible for:

  • check the back of your utility account
  • call your utility supplier directly
  • refer to our Utility bills page