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Energy Concessions – Northern Territory

Published on October 10, 2017 3:10 am, by

The cost of electricity and gas has risen significantly in recent years, and by about 20-30% in the last twelve months. The media attention this issue has been given has provided the motivation for people to talk more and compare prices, however by not shopping around, 70% of us are still paying 20% more than we need to for our electricity.

Electricity and gas retailers talk about rising wholesale prices and while there is truth in that, it is only one side of the story as the retailers continue to report huge profits.

MoneyBrilliant’s Bill Watch feature has been designed to help you find the lowest cost electricity and gas plans for your usage in your area. This is a good first step to decreasing your energy bills.

For customers who meet certain criteria, most typically pensioners and low-income earners, there are further concessions you can apply for. These vary state by state and are set by the state government.

In the Northern Territory, eligible customers may apply for the following annual concessions:

Electricity:

  • $1.275 per day or $0.091 per kW hours used
  • Electricity tokens – up to $1,140 per year
  • Off-grid electricity – $1.275 per day

You are eligible to apply if you are a resident of the Northern Territory and hold one of the following cards:

From Centrelink:

  • Pensioner Concession card – age pension, carer’s payment, disability support pension, parenting payment single
  • Health Care Card Low Income
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

From the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA)

  • Pensioner Concession Card – Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Health Card – totally and permanently incapacitated – gold
  • Health Card – war widow or war widower pension – gold
  • Health Card – pharmaceuticals only – orange
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

To apply you need to complete the membership form for the NT Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme.

If your electricity is off-grid or on-supplied by a residential community or caravan park you will find different concession forms for that here as well:

https://nt.gov.au/community/seniors/nt-pensioner-and-carer-concession-scheme/apply

In the Northern Territory, your information will be passed on for concessions to be applied.

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