Government assistance and your electricity bill
This information, produced by the Government and mailed to households across the country, breaks down the various costs that contribute to household electricity bills, such as poles and wires and other infrastructure.
It also details what the Government is doing to assist Australians with the small impact of the carbon price on household electricity bills.
The carbon price will only increase household electricity bills by an average of $3.30 a week.
To offset the impact, the Government is providing households with $10.10 a week on average.
It seems that some householders are not certain about how and when this $10.10 is being delivered.
It is important to remember that this figure refers to the average amount of assistance households will receive via a number of mechanisms – tax cuts and increases in family payments, pensions and benefits.
This assistance, part of the Government’s Household Assistance Package, commenced with a lump sum payment in May. Tax cuts for individuals earning less than $80,000 per annum began on 1 July.
During 2013/14, this extra assistance will form part of your regular family assistance and pension payments.
The assistance is permanent and eligible households will continue to benefit from it over coming years.
It is important to note that eligible Australians have already received this assistance, and the amount of assistance will vary from household to household. For an estimate of your assistance, visit the Household assistance estimator.
There is lots of information on this website about the carbon price and your electricity bill.
For a huge range of information and tips on how to save energy and money at home visit LivingGreener.gov.au.