Energy bill relief rolling out to Indian Ocean Territories

As part of the Albanese Labor Government’s commitment to reducing cost-of-living pressures, the Energy Bill Relief Fund will soon be rolling out to households and businesses on Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

This is the first time that eligible external territories households have been able to access Commonwealth Government rebates.

The energy bill rebate will allow residents to access $350, consistent with Western Australia. Eligible businesses in the Indian Ocean Territories will be able to access a $650 rebate, which will be automatically credited to their bills.

Elsewhere in Australia, Energy Bill Relief is being delivered in partnership with the Australian Government by states and territories through their existing energy concession schemes.

As Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands are non-self-governing territories, separate arrangements have been established to deliver this much-needed relief to their homes and businesses.

 The Albanese Government will fully fund the rebates and will work with electricity providers to deliver them as soon as possible this financial year.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, Kristy McBain MP:

“We are making sure that families and businesses in the Indian Ocean Territories can access support with their power bills – which is why we are delivering the Energy Bill Relief Fund.

“We know that every cent counts – and this targeted and temporary relief will save residents in Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands hundreds of dollars on their energy bills.

“This Bill relief is part of our ongoing commitment to improve the support and services available to Indian Ocean Territories residents.”

Quotes attributable to the Federal Member for Lingiari, Marion Scrymgour MP:

“I know families on Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands are feeling the pinch. The cost-of-living is already higher on these islands. I’ve lobbied hard to deliver the Energy Bill Relief Fund to give real relief to Indian Ocean communities.

“Eligible families will get $350 back and there’s $650 for eligible businesses. We’ll work with electricity providers to make this happen.”