Living costs alleviated

AROUND 30,000 South Australian tenants on low or fixed incomes started receiving a State Government Cost of Living Concession last week.

The cost of living concession is paid directly into bank accounts to help with expenses like energy and water bills.

Payments of up to $101.40 will be made to eligible South Australians on low or fixed incomes.

Tenants who received the concession last year will automatically receive this year’s payment if their circumstances remain unchanged.

It is expected that all payments will be made by the end of February.

The concession is available to pensioners, retirees, people receiving payments from Centrelink and low income households.

Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison said payments of more than $160m were made in 2016/17 to help households with their living costs.

“The concession gives recipients the flexibility to use the payment wherever it is most needed, to support themselves and their families,” Ms Bettison said.

Applications for the concession are open between July 1 and October 31 each year.

People who have previously received the concession do not need to reapply if their circumstances haven’t changed.

Visit, call the ConcessionsSA Hotline on 1800 307 758 or send an email to for more information.