Clean energy advance (CEA) - description

Objective of the clean energy advance (CEA)

The CEA was a tax exempt, one-off, lump sum payment for recipients of qualifying government payments. It was intended to help households prepare for cost of living increases following the introduction of carbon pricing on 1 July 2012.

How the CEA is paid

The CEA did not need to be claimed. It was automatically paid to eligible payment recipients from May/June 2012.

The CEA was intended to provide assistance for a period of 9 to 12 months, depending on the underlying payment/s a person receives. People receiving youth or student payments, or receiving DSP and aged under 21 without dependent children, may have received a second CEA payment in July 2013, which provided assistance for a further 6 month period.

People who began to receive an eligible government payment during the CEA period were paid a pro-rata CEA from the date they became eligible for payment. People whose circumstances changed during the CEA period may have been eligible for a top-up payment of CEA.

The lump sum CEAs were followed by regular, ongoing clean energy supplement (CES) payments once the carbon price impact was reflected in the normal indexation of the person's qualifying payment. From 20 September 2014 the ES replaced the CES. From 20 March 2017, the ES was closed to new CSHC holders. Refer to for more details.

Background information

The CEA is one of the 'clean energy' payments currently within the SSAct and was introduced as part of the Clean Energy Future measure to assist with cost of living changes associated with carbon pricing. Other payments that are still payable to eligible recipients include the CES and the EMEP.

Other assistance payments introduced as part of the Clean Energy Future measure are paid under the following acts and administrative schemes:

Act reference: SSAct Part 2.18A Division 1 Clean energy advances, section 23(1)-'clean energy payment'

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.15.1 CEA - qualification & payability, CEA - current rates, Energy supplement (ES) - description

Last reviewed: 10 August 2020