Energy Minister Mark McArdle and Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the State Government was increasing a range of energy rebates and concessions worth hundreds of dollars to help with electricity and gas bills. The state Government is allocating $164.6 million in 2014-15 for energy rebates and concessions – over $25 million more than last year.
Queensland pensioners and seniors will be able to apply for an electricity rebate of $320.97 a year – an increase of $38.43.
The reticulated natural gas rebate will increase by $2.03 to $67.61.
Ms Davis said the Queensland Government had also boosted concessions for Queenslanders living with serious medical conditions.
The Medical Cooling and Heating Electricity Concession Scheme will increase by $38.43 to $320.97, while the Electricity Life Support Concession Scheme will rise as high as $653.70 per year for oxygen concentrators and $437.77 per year for kidney dialysis.
In addition, up to $720 a year in emergency payments will continue to be available for low income households under the $10 million Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme.
The state government is also maintaining the $120 annual subsidy under the South East Queensland Pensioner Water Subsidy Scheme.
Further information on these schemes is available at http://www.qld.gov.au/