The Victorian Government has increased the Utility Relief Grant Scheme (URGS) from $500 to $650 for claims assessed from 1 July 2018.
The grant provides help to pay a mains electricity, gas or water bill that is overdue due to a temporary financial crisis.
An account holder who has one of the following eligible concession cards:
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Health Care Card
- Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card
If you don’t have one of these cards but are registered with your utility company’s hardship program and part of a low-income household you may also apply.
The grant is available to renters and homeowners.
The amount that can be applied for is based on how much is owed on the account and is capped at a maximum of $650 for each utility (electricity, gas and water).
For more information go to Utility relief grant scheme