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$250 Power Saving Bonus

The Power Saving Bonus is a one-off $250 payment to assist households with the cost of living through the pandemic.

Launched by the State Government on 1 February 2021, the $250 Power Saving Bonus (PSB) is a financial package designed to assist the most vulnerable energy consumers in Victoria. The $250 Power Saving Bonus is a one-off payment available to over 900,000 eligible Victorian households with at least one eligible concession card holder. The $250 Bonus will be available from 1 February 2021 to 31 January 2022 and will be limited to one payment per eligible household.

Eligible community members can get help to apply for the State Government's $250 Power Saving Bonus through the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House.

To be eligible, a member of your household must currently be receiving payments through one of the following: Job Seeker, Youth Allowance, Abstudy or Austudy; Pension Concession Card; Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession Card.

To get help with your bill, you will be able to drop in to Barkly Square on Thursdays between 10.00 am and 11.00 am during school term or contact us to make an appointment. 

Please note that our office at Barkly Square remains closed. Our team is working from home. We recommend calling to make an appointment as we can process your application over the phone (see below for more information).

Remember to bring:

  1. Your concession card
  2. A current electricity bill (not a gas bill)
  3. Your bank details: BSB and Account Number.

When: 10.00 am - 11.00 am Thursdays (during school term) or your can call us on 0422 612 052 to make an appointment

Where: Barkly Square, 25-39 Barkly Street, Ballarat East. Come to the main reception in the Barkly Street side of the building.

Phone: In most cases, we are also able to process your application over the phone. In order to do this, you will need to read and agree to the information in Client Information Notice #1 (PDF) and Client Information Notice #2 (PDF). We can read these to you over the phone.   

Find out more on the Neighbourhood Houses Victoria website.

For Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Victorian Energy Compare website.

To help pay their energy bills, Victorians on low incomes can receive concessions and benefits, including the Utility Relief Grant Scheme. For a summary, you can download this Energy Affordibility Information document (PDF).

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