A host of handy government rebates are on offer for struggling families in the lead up to Christmas, as households are urged to take advantage of the wealth of deals available.
The government is encouraging residents to apply for sweeping rebates and refunds to save on household bills, car registration and kids’ sport and creative activities after the Covid-19 pandemic crippled the national economy.
In NSW, Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said ‘it’s been a tough year for everyone’ as he introduced the cash-back options.
‘Now’s the time to try and get some savings,’ he said.
The government has again introduced the Active Kids Vouchers to be used at participating sporting clubs and venues
‘There are over 70 different types of rebates and refunds that are available and we’ve created a one-stop shop with Service NSW.’
Some of the best-value savings include a $180 power bill reduction for eligible households, $200 worth of active kids vouchers and additional savings for seniors.
Potential savings total a whopping $600 annually for families who qualify for all the rebates.
Daily Mail Australia takes a look at some of the key savings households could be entitled to across the country.
Some of the best-value savings include a $180 power bill reduction for eligible households, $200 worth of active kids vouchers and additional savings for seniors
Around The House
Cash rebates are available on electricity, gas and water bills in all states and territories.
Pensioners and seniors can expect even greater rewards in household bills savings.
In Victoria, it amounts to a 17.5 per cent annual discount, while in Queensland it’s $340.85 per year.
New South Wales pensioners get $200, and low income households in South Australia can get up to $585 a year off their bills.
Similarly, pensioners in NSW can get a $250 council rate rebate, which is $241 in Victoria, 20 per cent in Queensland, 25 per cent in Western Australia and $200 in the Northern Territory.
Customers are also encouraged to use the Energy Switch website to determine which providers are cheapest for them.
On average, the comparison site has given 16,500 households savings of up to $439 on electricity and $161 in gas.
Pre-IVF Fertility Testing is also available in a one-off rebate payment of $500 for eligible people
Meanwhile, any households eligible for the Family Tax Benefit can also enjoy a further $180 cut from their electricity bills.
Low Income Households can also qualify for a $285 energy rebate in NSW.
The rebates are also inclusive of first home buyers. Some may be eligible for exemptions or concessions on stamp duty, or could otherwise be entitled to apply for the $10,000 First Home Owner Grant.
For Kids and Families
School-aged children and their parents will also benefit from the rebates.
The New South Wales government has again introduced the Active Kids Vouchers to be used at participating sporting clubs and venues.
The idea is to offer families two lots of $100 vouchers in the course of a year per child to be used on sport for kids older than four-and-a-half.
A similar scheme offers $150 vouchers in Queensland and Western Australia, and a whopping $200 in Victoria.
In South Australia, two $100 vouchers are also up for grabs.
Vouchers can be used at participating facilties, like dance schools, tennis or football clubs and most sporting facilities, and is designed to encourage families to ensure their kids are staying active.
Similarly, the Creative Kids Voucher was introduced to ensure children are embracing their creativity in NSW.
A $100 voucher per child is available to be used on learning a language, craft or arts skill in school-aged students.
Pre-IVF Fertility Testing is also available in a one-off rebate payment of $500 for eligible people in NSW.
The Creative Kids Voucher was introduced to ensure children are embracing their creativity. A $100 voucher per child is available to be used on learning a language, craft or arts skill in school-aged students
Cars and Transport
Motorists who regularly use toll roads and spend more than $1,352 each year on their passes are entitled to free car registration in New South Wales.
Any motorists who spend $811 on tolls, but less than $1,352, are entitled to half price registration.
‘A few simple clicks can save you hundreds,’ Mr Dominello said.
No such discount exists in Queensland or Victoria except for some covid hardship relief, but pensioners can get 50 per cent off their rego in all states and territories.
Caravan owners will get a 40 per cent discount on the tax part of their registration, while pensioners get a free driver’s licence, aren’t required to pay registration or tax.
Trainees and apprentices are also entitled to a concession Opal card which gives them cheaper travel on public transport.
The full list of rebates and benefits are available online or in person at Service New South Wales.
Mr Dominello urged residents to ‘do themselves a favour’ by heading to the website to find out what they’re eligible for.
‘Save yourself a couple of hundred dollars,’ he said.
Motorists who regularly use toll roads and spend more than $1,352 each year on their passes are entitled to free car registration