Victorian houses are delivering Power Saving Bonus outreach program

NO ONE LEFT BEHIND. Community members experiencing financial stress can apply for the State Government’s Power Saving Bonus with Neighbourhood Houses Victoria.

Neighbourhood Houses Victoria (NHVic) has partnered with Good Shepherd to assist all eligible individuals in receiving the one-off $250 payment.

Applications for the Power Saving Bonus are made online, however many people in our communities either lack access to devices or internet, or lack confidence and skills in using technology. Recognising this, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning partnered with Victorian houses to ensure no one gets left behind.

Victorian houses across the state are helping people complete their Power Saving Bonus application.

NHVic CEO, Nicole Battle, said "Being such grassroots organisations, they [the houses] are best positioned to reach people within their communities who already come to them for other support services such as food relief, job seeking support, digital literacy programs and Centrelink assistance.”

Victorian houses have now processed over 1,000 applications, assisting vulnerable community members in receiving over $250,000 to financial assistance.

Often when programs are launched, houses and centres across Australia typically must either must absorb the cost or not offer the service due to already over-stretched staffing and small budgets. However, to assist in the admin costs, all participating organisations receive $400 up-front and then $10 for every PSB application they process from the department. This is a much welcome alternative, and means that houses are getting the recognition they deserved for their invaluable work.

The Power Saving Bonus provides eligible Victorians with a one-off $250 payment, to assist households with the cost of living during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible, applicants must hold a pensioner concession card or receive JobSeeker, Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance.

If you are a Victorian resident and would like more information go to the Neighbourhood Houses Victoria website here