3.15.6 2019 one-off energy assistance payment (EAP) - qualification & payability
The 2019 one-off EAP is intended to assist income support recipients with the costs of energy bills.
A person is qualified for a 2019 one-off EAP if:
- Age, DSP, PPS, PPP, CP, WidB, WP, DOP, NSA, YA, SA, PA, WA, SpB or Austudy is payable to the person on 2 April 2019, and
- the person is residing in Australia on 2 April 2019.
A person whose qualifying payment is not payable on 2 April 2019 does not qualify for a 2019 one-off EAP, for example, the person is serving a waiting period or the qualifying payment is suspended. However, if the person's qualifying payment subsequently becomes payable in respect of 2 April 2019, for example, the waiting period is waived or the payment is restored, the person qualifies for a 2019 one-off EAP.
A person who made a claim for a qualifying payment on or before 2 April 2019 and subsequently has that claim granted and backdated to on or before that date, with the result that the payment is payable on that date, qualifies for a 2019 one-off EAP.
Other qualifying payments
A person may also qualify for a 2019 one-off EAP if they are receiving a farm household allowance, ABSTUDY Living Allowance or an eligible veterans' payment.
Entitled to only one payment
A person can receive only one payment of a 2019 one-off EAP. A person who is paid a 2019 one-off EAP and is subsequently granted another qualifying payment backdated to or before 2 April 2019 is not entitled to an additional 2019 one-off EAP.
The amount of a person's 2019 one-off EAP is worked out using the following table, having regard to the person's circumstances on 2 April 2019.
|Person's situation on 2 April 2019||Amount of 2019 one-off EAP|
|Not a member of a couple||$75.00|
|Member of an illness separated couple||$75.00|
|Member of a respite care couple||$75.00|
|Partnered (partner in gaol)||$75.00|
A claim is not required for a 2019 one-off EAP.
Most recipients of the 2019 one-off EAP will receive their payment in late June 2019.
Act reference: SSAct section 302 One-off energy assistance payment, section 303 Amount of one-off energy assistance payment