DON’T WAIT – APPLY FOR THE 2014-2015 FAMILY ENERGY REBATE
Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP, is reminding eligible households they can receive up to $150 towards the cost of their energy bills by applying for the 2014-2015 NSW Family Energy Rebate (FER).
Mr George says those households should take advantage of the rebate offer before the submission deadline of Tuesday 16 June 2015.
“On 1 July, 2012, the Liberals & Nationals Government introduced the Family Energy Rebate (FER) scheme to help the most disadvantaged in our community, and has committed $13.5 million to it this year,” Mr George said.
“Applications will not be accepted after that date so apply as soon as you know you can meet all eligibility criteria for this energy assistance rebate.
To be eligible for the 2014-2015 Family Energy Rebate you must:
- Be a NSW resident; and
- Have been assessed by the Federal Department of Human Services (DHS) as being eligible for the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) A or B during the past financial year, and have received an FTB payment; and
- Be a customer of an electricity retailer, or a long-term resident of a residential community (caravan or mobile home park), whose name appears on the electricity account for supply to her or his principal place of residence.
“Begin by ensuring you complete your tax return with the Australian Taxation Office or notify the Department of Human Services (DHS) if you are not required to lodge a return for 2013-2014”.
“Once you have received confirmation from DHS regarding your Family Tax Benefit A or B (FTB) entitlement for 2013-2014, then apply for the FER.
“Each year more than 540,000 NSW households with dependent children are eligible for FTB, so those same households can apply for FER.
“It takes just two minutes to submit an application on line. It begins processing immediately and you receive instant confirmation of receipt of your application.
“The NSW Government committed $228 million this financial year to ease energy costs including increasing the Low Income Household Rebate and Assistance in the Medical Energy Rebate to $235, and funded the Energy Accounts Payment Assistance and Life Support Rebate,” Mr George said.
To apply for the Rebate, type “family energy rebate” into a search engine or apply online at https://applications.fer.trade.nsw.gov.au/.