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Power Saving Bonus

Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House is helping community members experiencing financial hardship to access the State Government’s $250 Power Saving Bonus.

The Power Saving Bonus provides eligible Victorians with a one-off $250 payment, to assist households with the cost living during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic has only exacerbated existing poverty within our communities, and many people have lost work or significant income as a direct result of Victoria’s lockdowns,” Neighbourhood Houses Victoria CEO Nicole Battle said. “This bonus offers some financial relief for these community members, many of whom have to choose whether they can pay their next electricity bill or put food on the table.”

To help spread the word about the bonus, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has engaged Neighbourhood Houses Victoria in partnership Good Shepherd.

“It makes sense to have Neighbourhood Houses spreading the word about this bonus,” Nicole said.

“Being such grassroots organisations, they are best positioned to reach people within their communities who already come to them for other support services such as food relief, job seeking support, digital literacy programs and Centrelink assistance.”

Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House Coordinator, Donna Swan said the centre was able to help community members complete their online applications for the bonus.

“We know there are members of our community who do not use a computer or lack confidence and skills in submitting an application online,” Donna said. “We don’t want this to be a barrier to them accessing the $250 payment, so we are available to step them through the process, and make sure they aren’t left behind. We can also help people to check their entitlement to other power concessions and get onto the best plan.”

To be eligible for the Power Saving Bonus, applicants must hold a pensioner concession card or receive JobSeeker, Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance.

For assistance with accessing the Power Saving Bonus, visit Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House at 3 Tobin Drive or call them on 5258 3367 to book a time with one of our trained Power Saving Bonus Volunteers

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