The South Australian government will be giving thousands of South Australians a one-off cash boost to help alleviate cost-of-living pressures. As this is an important payment for many people, we're going to take a look at what this payment is, who is eligible and who needs to apply for it.

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So tell me about this one-off cost-of-living payment

This one-off payment comes courtesy of the South Australian government, which promised to double the cost-of-living concession payment during the 2022 state election.

In addition to fulfilling the government's 2022 state election promise, this payment also replaces the council rate rebates to low-income earners and some concession card holders.

Owner-occupiers are set to receive $449, while tenants can receive $224.60. It's important to note that this concession can only be paid to one person per eligible household.

Cool, who is eligible?

Some concession card holders, such as pensioners and veterans, people who receive Centrelink payments, and certain low income earners are eligible for this one-off, doubled payment. Here's a list of people who are eligible for this payment:

  • Eligible concession cards:

    • Pensioner Concession Card

    • DVA Gold Card

      • Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI)

      • Extreme Disablement Adjustment (EDA)

      • War Widow

    • Low Income Health Care Card

    • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

  • Eligible Centrelink payments

    • JobSeeker Payment

    • Widow Allowance

    • Youth Allowance

    • Partner Allowance

    • Parenting Payment

    • Special Benefit

    • Community Development Program (CDP)

    • New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

    • ABSTUDY

    • Austudy

    • Farm Household Allowance (FHA)

    • War widow pension under legislation of the United Kingdom or New Zealand.

  • Low income provisions

    • Single - $792.70 in fortnightly income before tax; $20,610.20 annual income before tax

    • Single with children - $841.00 in fortnightly income before tax; $21,866.00 annual income before tax

    • Partnered - $1,470.60 in fortnightly income before tax; $38,235.60 annual income before tax.

Alright, who needs to apply then?

People who previously received a cost-of-living concession payment and whose circumstances haven't changed, do not need to apply again in order to receive the payment.

Everyone else who is eligible will need to apply by December 31, 2022. The payment will be sent out when the application is approved.

Applicants must provide their Centrelink customer reference number, DVA file number or a copy of their most recent tax assessment alongside their banking details.

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Information sourced from: ABC and South Australian government

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