Did you know the Queensland Government provides financial assistance to low-income Queenslanders with a serious medical condition that requires the use of electricity for cooling or heating?

Depending on the seriousness and current condition of your health this concession scheme might be worth you taking the time to investigate.

About the concession scheme

The concession is provided to assist Queenslanders with the increased electricity costs incurred by frequent operation of an air conditioning unit in order to closely regulate body temperature to prevent their condition becoming significantly worse due to the impact of hot or cold weather, rather than to make them more comfortable.

Applicants must have an air conditioning unit in their home. The unit may be a fixed or portable air conditioner. Note: fans and freestanding heaters are not acceptable.

The financial assistance is provided for a period of two years, at which time eligibility will be reviewed.

Eligibility for the concession

The applicant must:

  • be a Queensland resident.
  • hold a current Pensioner Concession Card (issued by Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs) or a current Health Care Card (issued by Centrelink).
  • have (or be a parent/guardian of a child with) a qualifying medical condition requiring cooling or heating to stop the symptoms becoming significantly worse.
  • provide certification from their medical specialist or general practitioner that the medical condition is severely worsened by hot or cold weather.
  • reside at the address on the application form and use an air conditioning unit at that address to meet their medical cooling and heating requirements.
  • be financially responsible for the payment or part payment of the energy bill.

Qualifying medical conditions

To qualify, the applicant must:

  • have a medical condition with an evidence-based association with the deterioration of this condition in temperature extremes.
  • have experienced worsening of their symptoms with temperature change.

If you have never consulted a medical specialist for your condition, or you do not have the required documentation, you will need to consult a medical specialist.

All costs associated with the medical assessment must be met by the applicant.

Payment of the concession

Quarterly payments will be made by electronic funds transfer to the applicant’s nominated bank account. Payments will be made at the beginning of January, April, July and October each year.

How to apply for the concession

You can download the application form here.

Have a read through all of the eligibility criteria and if you meet the guidelines, simply print and complete your part of the form. Next you take it to one of your Medical Specialists for review, approval and their sign off.

As you will read on the application form – a General Practitioner’s signature is NOT acceptable. Your application form must be signed off by a Medical Specialist.

Want more information?

If you wish to discuss any aspect of this Queensland Government concession scheme please call Telephone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or email: concessions@smartservice.qld.gov.au

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