220.127.116.11 Qualification for ES
Qualification (1.1.Q.10) criteria - for pensioners & income support recipients
- residing in Australia, AND
- in Australia or temporarily absent from Australia for a continuous period not exceeding the allowed portability period for the qualifying payment.
Note: Where a person's qualifying payment can be paid for longer than 6 weeks, for example: Age and DSP (for those with indefinite portability), the ES is only payable for the first 6 weeks of a temporary absence from Australia.
Qualifying payments for the ES:
- age pension, OR
- DSP (aged 21 or over, or aged under 21 with dependent children), OR
- carer payment, OR
- parenting payment (single), OR
- jobseeker payment, OR
- parenting payment (partnered), OR
- partner allowance, OR
- SpB (whose rate is worked out as if the person were qualified for JSP), OR
- widow allowance, OR
- youth allowance, OR
- austudy payment, OR
- DSP (aged under 21 without dependent children), OR
- SpB (whose rate is worked out as if the person were qualified for Austudy or YA).
Note: ES payments may also be paid to qualified payment recipients under the following legislation and administrative schemes:
- the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
- the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
- the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
- the ABSTUDY scheme.
Non-protected SCV holders who are qualified for a one-off period of payment for up to 6 months of JSP or YA may receive the ES with their primary payment if eligible.
Recipients of ECRPs paid under the Farm Household Support Act 1992 will receive the same rate of ES as either a YA or JSP recipient (depending on which rate their ECRP is linked to).
Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'clean energy qualifying payment'
Qualification criteria - for CSHC holders
To qualify for ES, a person must be the holder of a CSHC. From 20 March 2017 the ES was closed to new CSHC holders. Refer to 18.104.22.168 for more details.
Act reference: SSAct section 1061U Qualification for ES, section 1061ZUB Non-cancellation of concession cards for temporary overseas absences
A pensioner or income support payment recipient does not need to make a specific claim in order to qualify for an ES. The ES will be automatically included in the calculation of the rate of a person's qualifying payment if the person meets the qualification criteria.
CSHC holders, to whom a positive amount of ES is payable, do not need to make a specific claim for ES as the payment is linked to the card.