Thousands of South Australians are getting some relief from cost of living pressures with a one-time cash increase.
The South Australian government is delivering on its campaign promise to double the living wage concession payment, which replaces council rate rebates for the low-income and some concession card holders.
Owner-tenants will receive $449 and tenants will receive $224.60.
Social Services Minister Nat Cooke said last week the government had already put $78 million into the bank accounts of South Australians who needed it most.
“The pressure on the cost of living is having a big impact on so many — inflation continues to rise, interest rates are rising, and so are the prices of gasoline and many essentials,” she said.
“The Living Wage Allowance helps low- or fixed-income South Australians with their general living expenses – things like council rates, electricity bills and medical services.”
Who is eligible for this payment?
Some concessionary card holders, such as retirees and veterans, and people receiving payments from Centrelink, are eligible for this one-time double payment.
See the full list of eligible Centrelink cards and payments here.
And what about those who are not on benefits?
If you meet low income regulations, you may also be eligible.
To receive the payment, a single person must have an annual pre-tax income of less than $20,610.20.
For a single parent with children, the threshold has been raised to $21,866 per year, while a couple’s combined annual pre-tax income must be below $38,235.60.
The assessment is based on the applicant’s circumstances as of 1 July 2022.
Renters may be eligible if they don’t live with someone who earns more than low income provisions. Exceptions apply if their family members receive benefits from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), or if they are their spouses, cohabitants or dependents.
Do I need to apply for this?
People who previously received the Living Wage Benefit, and their circumstances and income have not changed, do not need to reapply and do not need to take any additional steps to receive double payment.
Other eligible persons will receive a double rate if they apply by December 31, 2022.
Applicants must provide their Centrelink customer identification number, DVA file number or a copy of their most recent tax return along with their bank details. Find the application form here.
Can all members of my family apply for this payment?
The concession can only be paid to one person per household.
When will I receive this payment?
All existing applicants and people who applied before July 1, 2022 will receive their payments by the end of this month.
Newly eligible applicants who apply by December 31, 2022 will receive payment upon approval.
Tenant payments have been postponed to this month since March.
Will it appear in my bank account automatically?
All payments will be made to bank accounts electronically.
Where can I find more information about this payment?
This South African government web page has all the information about cost of living concession payments.