About 950,000 Victorian households will receive a one-off $250 payment to help cover the cost of power bills.
Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio announced $797 million in the state’s 2020/21 budget will go towards delivering the “biggest household energy efficiency package in any state’s history”.
Concession cardholders, including anyone receiving JobSeeker, youth allowance or pension payments will be eligible for the direct bill relief.
Further details will be announced when the budget is delivered on Tuesday, November 24.
“Most Victorians have spent more time at home this year – and more on power bills – than they ever have. That’s why we’re helping those struggling to pay their bills and making homes across the state more energy efficient,” D’Ambrosio said in a statement.
The package also includes $335 million to help low-income families replace old wood, electric or gas-fired heaters with energy-efficient systems.
A further $112 million will be spent on sealing windows and doors, and upgrade heating, cooling and hot water systems in 35,000 social housing properties.
The government will also introduce minimum efficiency standards for insulation, draught sealing and hot water systems in rental properties.
They expect it will help reduce bills for about 320,000 renters state-wide.
Other measures in the package include:
- $191 million to expand the government’s Solar Homes program, including 42,000 additional solar rebates. Small businesses will also be able to apply for 15,000 rebates for the first time. Funds will also go towards 17,500 household battery rebates over the next three years.
- $14 million to expand the existing Victorian Energy Upgrades program, giving households the opportunity to access rebates when purchasing smart appliances.
- Funding to help set Victoria up for the move to seven-star efficiency standards for new homes.
– with AAP