Household Assistance Package

The Household Assistance Package includes:

The Government is preparing legislation to abolish the carbon tax and will shortly commence consultation on the development of the Emissions reduction Fund.

Further information on the process of abolishing the carbon tax and design of the Emissions Reduction Fund will be available shortly on the department’s website at www.environment.gov.au.

Clean Energy Supplement

Between March this year and January 2014 ongoing increases will be made to existing government payments, as outlined below. . You don’t have to do anything to receive the additional assistance; it will be paid automatically into your bank account.

Ongoing assistance starts from:

Recipients

Government payments included:

20 March 2013

Age, disability, carer and service pensioners

  • Age Pension
  • Disability Support Pension (aged 21 or over, or aged under 21 with dependent children)
  • Carer Payment
  • Wife Pension
  • Widow B Pension
  • Service Pension

20 March 2013

Jobseekers parenting payment recipients and other allowees

  • Newstart Allowance
  • Parenting Payment (single)
  • Parenting Payment (partnered)
  • Partner Allowance
  • Widow Allowance
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Special Benefit
  • ABSTUDY Living Allowance for persons aged 22 years or older, or under 22 years who are covered by the 1 July 2012 grandfather provisions.
  • Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payments (paid at NSA rate)
  • Transitional Farm Family Payment (paid at NSA rate)

20 June 2013

Seniors Supplements recipients


Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders in receipt of Seniors Supplement
* Pensioners who receive the Pension Supplement quarterly will also receive their first Clean Energy Supplement from this date.

1 July 2013

Family Tax Benefit recipients

Family Tax Benefit recipients who receive payments fortnightly, including Approved Care Organisations

1 January 2014

Students and young people in receipt of income support

Note – recipients will receive a second lump sum payment, Clean Energy Advance in July 2013.

  •  Youth Allowance
  • AUSTUDY
  • Disability Support Pension (under 21 with no dependent children)
  • Special Benefit (Youth Allowance rate)
  • Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payments (Youth Allowance rate)
  • Transitional Farm Family Payment (Youth Allowance rate)
  • ABSTUDY Living Allowance (under 22 excluding 21 year old grandfathered recipients and Masters and Doctorate customers)

1 July 2014

Lump sum Family Tax Benefit recipients

 

For more information about the Clean Energy Supplement visit  the Department of Human Services.

For members of the veteran and defence community more information on the Household Assistance Package is available on the Department of Veterans' Affairs website.

Tax cuts

As part of the Household Assistance Package, the tax free threshold was increased from $6,000 to $18,200 from 1 July 2012

Individuals with a taxable income of less than $80,000 will receive a tax cut. Most will receive a tax cut of around $300 a year.

The table below provides the tax rates that apply from 1 July 2012.

 

Taxable income

Tax on this income

0 - $18,200

Nil

$18,201 - $37,000

19c for each $1 over $18,200

$37,001 - $80,000

$3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000

$80,001 - $180,000

$17,547 plus 37c for each $1 over $80,000

$180,001 and over

$54,547 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000

 

For more detail about these tax cuts and other tax reforms as part of the Household Assistance Package call 132861 or visit the Australian Taxation Office


Clean Energy Advance

The Clean Energy Advance is a tax-exempt payment, paid as a lump sum to pensioners, other income support recipients, families receiving Family Tax Benefit payments and seniors Supplement recipients, providing they meet  eligibility requirements.

 

Clean Energy Advance payments for pensioners, adult allowees and families receiving Family Tax Benefit by instalments are now complete, and these recipients are now paid the ongoing Clean Energy Supplement.  Family Tax Benefit Lump sum claimants are still able to claim the Clean Energy advance until 30 June 2014. 

Clean Energy Advance payments are still available to youth or student payment recipients aged under 22 years, and to Disability Support Pension recipients aged under 21 with no dependent children until 31 December 2013, who will begin to receive the Clean energy supplement from 1 January 2014.

Eligibility

All taxpayers with an income of less than $80,000 a year will get a tax cut. You may be eligible for assistance under the Household Assistance Package if you are:

  • receiving a pension or other government income support payment
  • receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A, Family Tax Benefit Part B, or Parenting Payment
  • a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holder or a DVA Gold and White Card holder who receives the Seniors Supplement
  • covered by a Commonwealth concession card and have high energy costs associated with using essential medical equipment at home
  • caring for someone who has high energy costs associated with using essential medical equipment at home and either you or the person you are caring for is covered by a Commonwealth concession card, and/or
  • from a low income household and miss out on the full benefit of tax cuts and increases to government payments delivered through the Household Assistance Package.

Extra Assistance

As well as payments and tax cuts, the Household Assistance Package provides extra assistance to low and middle income households who do not receive enough assistance to meet the price impact of the carbon price.

Find out more and how to apply for the Essential Medical Equipment Payment, Low Income Supplement, Low Income Family Supplement, Single Income Family Supplement.


Additional Resources

Your Energy Savings website provides a starting point for information about saving energy, saving money and reducing your impact. It includes information on programmes and financial support available from the Australian Government as well as state and territory governments.

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