Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said yesterday that 233,000 Department of Veterans’ Affairs clients last week received a one-off payment to help with rising energy costs.
FILE PHOTO: Leading Aircraftman Cameron Lambert, an Electrician from 1 Airfield Operational Support Squadron RAAF Richmond, helps to keep the electricity flowing at RAAF Base Tindal during exercise Talisman Saber 2009. Photo by Corporal Melinda Mancuso.
Mr Tehan said that the Energy Assistance Payment (EAP) was announced in the 2017-18 Budget and was part of the government’s ongoing commitment to supporting the men and women who defend our nation.
Veterans and dependants receiving an eligible compensation payment of $75.
Those in receipt of a Service Pension received $75 for singles and $62.50 per member of a couple.
“The government recognises that there are times when veterans require additional financial support,” Mr Tehan said.
“This Budget measure will assist veterans and their families who have been affected by increasing energy prices.”
EAP is a non-taxable payment and does not count as income for the purposes of means testing.
EAP will also be made to eligible Centrelink customers who are Age Pensioners, Disability Support Pensioners and Parenting Payment Single Recipients.
More info on the EAP here.
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