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    NSW Family Energy Rebate or the Low Income Household Rebate

    one way to save money is by being given it by the Government and if you're in NSW you maybe eligible for the Family Energy Rebate or the Low Income Household Rebate. These rebates are for people that receive Family Tax Benefit A or B, more about them towards the bottom of the page, good luck!

    Family Energy Rebate

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    The NSW Family Energy Rebate helps eligible NSW family households to pay their electricity bills.
    In 2012-2013 the Family Energy Rebate gives eligible households an annual $75 credit on an electricity bill.
    If eligible, and you live in a caravan or mobile home park, the 2012-2013 Family Energy Rebate is $82.50, which is the standard $75 rebate plus 10% to cover the Goods and Services Tax (GST) component of the electricity bill charged by a park operator.
    If you are eligible for both the Family Energy Rebate and the Low Income Household Rebate you can receive more support in the form of an annual, combined, capped rebate of $250.
    To be eligible for the 2012-2013 Family Energy Rebate, you must:

    • Be eligible for the Federal Government’s Family Tax Benefit A or B at any time during the 2011-2012 financial year, and have received a relevant payment; and
    • Be a NSW resident; and
    • Have your name listed on electricity bills from an electricity retailer, solely or jointly. or be a resident of a caravan or mobile home park and receive electricity bills from a park operator.

    You can complete an application form for the Family Energy Rebate in either of two ways:


    Applications are currently being accepted for the 2012-2013 Family Energy Rebate. The deadline for the Department receiving applications is 5pm, 14 June 2013.
    Follow this link for assistance in completing your application form, as well as comprehensive information about the Family Energy Rebate.
    Low Income Household Rebate

    The Low Income Household Rebate helps eligible NSW households to pay their energy bills. It replaced the former Energy Rebate on 1 July 2011.
    From 1 July 2013, the Low Income Household Rebate will increase from $215 per year to $225 per year, and will increase again on 1 July 2014 to $235 per year. If you are eligible for the Low Income Household Rebate and the Family Energy Rebate you can receive more support in the form of an annual, combined, capped rebate of $250.
    The Low Income Household Rebate is also available to long-term residents of caravan and mobile home parks, and from 1 July 2013, will also be available to residents of retirement villages. These residents will need to have their name on the electricity account for supply to their principal place of residence.
    To be eligible for the Low Income Household Rebate, you must hold one of the following cards issued by the Federal Government:

    • A Pensioner Concession Card from the Department of Human Services (formerly Centrelink) or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs; or
    • A Health Care Card from the Department of Human Services; or
    • A Gold Card from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs marked with:


    • Totally and Permanently Incapacitated or
    • Disability Pension or
    • War Widow or War Widower Pension.


    Follow this link to find out how to apply for the rebate , as well as comprehensive information about the Low Income Household Rebate.



    Help with knowing if you're eligible in Family Tax Benefi:

    Eligibility for Family Tax Benefits A and B is only on income and does not take in savings:

    Family Tax Benefit Part A
    Income test for Family Tax Benefit Part A

    If your family’s adjusted taxable income for this financial year is $47,815 or less, your payment will not be affected by the income test.Income test for Family Tax Benefit Part A

    The income test for Family Tax Benefit Part A is a guide only, and is updated on 1 July each year.

    The income test does not apply if you or your partner gets an income-support payment, such as a pension, benefit, or allowance or a Department of Veterans’ Affairs service pension.

    Income test

    If your family’s adjusted taxable income for this financial year is $47,815 or less, your payment will not be affected by the income test.

    In most cases, your Family Tax Benefit Part A payment is worked out using two income tests. We will apply the test that gives you the highest rate of payment.
    The first test reduces the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A by 20 cents for each dollar above $47,815 until your payment reaches the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A.
    The second test reduces the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A by 30 cents for each dollar above $94,316 (plus $3,796 for each Family Tax Benefit child after the first) until your payment reaches nil.
    If your family income is close to the maximum cut-off, you should check your eligibility after the end of the financial year, once your actual income is known.
    Maintenance-income test

    If you get more than the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A, a maintenance income test may also apply.
    The maintenance-income test applies if you or your partner receives, or is entitled to receive child support or spousal maintenance, and you are eligible to get more than the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A. If you or your partner is permanently blind and on specific pension payments, you may be exempt from the maintenance-income test.
    Maintenance-income test free areas (per year)

    If you get more child-support/spousal maintenance than the amounts below, it may reduce your Family Tax Benefit Part A by 50 cents in the dollar, until it reaches the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A.
    Status Child support received (per year)
    Single parent or member of a couple, receiving maintenance $1,445.40
    Couple, both receiving maintenance $2,890.80
    For each additional child, add $481.80
    We may automatically adjust your regular payments to avoid or reduce a projected Family Tax Benefit overpayment. This will apply to you if you get your payment in fortnightly instalments.
    Annual-income limit for payment of base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A

    For financial year: 2012–2013

    Income limits are indicative only, please contact us for a more accurate assessment based on your circumstances.
    Number of children aged 0–12 years Number of children of 13–15 years or secondary students of 16–19 years
    Nil 1 2 3
    Nil $69,496 $91,177 n/a
    1 $62,853 $84,534 n/a n/a
    2 $77,891 $99,572 n/a n/a
    3 $92,929 n/a n/a n/a
    Where n/a is shown,the base rate does not usually apply for this household combination. This is because the rate calculated under the first income test for this combination is usually higher than the rate calculated under the second income test, which applies the base rate.
    Income limits will be higher if you are eligible for Rent Assistance.
    Children aged 16 years or more who have completed Year 12 are eligible for the base rate only.
    Maximum adjusted taxable income limit

    These are the annual income limits at which Family Tax Benefit Part A including the supplement stop.
    For financial year: 2012–2013

    Income limits are indicative only, please contact us for a more accurate assessment based on your circumstances.
    Number of children aged 0–12 years Number of children of 13–15 years or secondary students of 16–19 years
    Nil 1 2 3
    Nil $101,458 $112,603 $146,530
    1 $101,458 $112,396 $139,887 $173,813
    2 $112,396 $133,244 $167,170 $201,097
    3 $126,601 $160,527 $194,454 $228,381
    Income limits will be higher if you are eligible for Rent Assistance.




    Family Tax Benefit Part B
    Income test for Family Tax Benefit Part B
    Income test for Family Tax Benefit Part B

    This income test for Family Tax Benefit Part B is updated on 1 July each year.
    Family Tax Benefit Part B is for families (single parent or couple) in which the primary earner has an adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less per year.
    Single parent family

    If you are a single-parent family with an annual adjusted taxable income of more than $150,000, you will not be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part B.
    If your income is at or below this limit you will continue to get the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit Part B.
    Two parent family

    If you are a two-parent family in which your primary earner has an annual adjusted taxable income of more than $150,000 you will not be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part B. This is regardless of the lower income of the other parent.
    If the primary earner’s income is at or below this limit, Family Tax Benefit Part B will be assessed on the basis of the second earner’s income. Secondary earners can earn up to $5,037 each year before it affects the rate of Family Tax Benefit Part B.
    Payments are reduced by 20 cents for each dollar of income earned over $5,037.
    If you are the secondary earner and your partner earns $150,000 or less, you can still get some Family Tax Benefit Part B if your income is below:

    • $25,623 a year, if your youngest child is under 5 years of age, or
    • $19,929 a year, if your youngest child is 5–18 years of age

    You and your partner cannot receive Family Tax Benefit Part B during a Parental Leave Pay period, but it may be paid after the Paid Parental Leave period ends.
    We will automatically adjust your payments to avoid or reduce a projected Family Tax Benefit overpayment. This applies to you if you get your payment in fortnightly instalments.
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    that's nice of the NSW government!

    In 2012-2013 the Family Energy Rebate gives eligible households an annual $75 credit on an electricity bill.

    Anything for gas?

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    thanx I know a few people in NSW I can pass this on to, they may not know about it. Anything for Victorian single people?
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    thank you for this, I will share it around.

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