Date: Mon 10/07/2017 4:54 PM
Energy Assistance Payment for veterans and their families
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said that 233,000 Department of Veterans’ Affairs clients last week received a one-off payment to help with rising energy costs.
Mr Tehan said that the Energy Assistance Payment (EAP) was announced in the 2017-18 Budget and is 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 will receive a payment of $75.
This includes those in receipt of a Service Pension who will receive $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.”
The EAP is a non-taxable payment and does not count as income for the purposes of means testing.
The payment will also be made to eligible Centrelink customers who are Age Pensioners, Disability Support Pensioners and Parenting Payment Single Recipients.
For more information on the EAP visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Website at https:\www.dva.gov.au\benefits-and-payments\income-support#eap.
Media enquiries: Minister Tehan’s Office: Amelia Gard, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling.
Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546)
VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.