ACT Election Announcements

More financial support for vulnerable Canberra households

September 19, 2020

  • $900 utilities rebate for around 35,000 Canberra households in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the greatest challenge the ACT has ever faced.Under a re-elected Labor Government, around 35,000 Canberra households will receive a $900 rebate to help pay for their electricity and other utilities bills.

A major issue in this election is how our city can continue to respond to the threat of COVID-19, protect local jobs and start rebuilding our local economy so we recover stronger and more resilient.

In Government, ACT Labor has been providing important support to many in the community who have been overlooked by the Commonwealth.

We provided financial relief to every Canberra household.

We invested in the Canberra Relief Network to provide food to families who were struggling.

We created over 500 jobs for Canberrans who weren’t eligible for JobKeeper or JobSeeker.

If re-elected, ACT Labor will continue supporting Canberrans who need it most.

Under a re-elected Labor Government, around 35,000 Canberra households will receive a $900 rebate to help pay for their electricity and other utilities bills.

This includes households supported by Commonwealth concessions schemes such as pension card holders.

The $900 rebate is a $200 increase on the existing Utilities Concessions rebate.

This rebate will be applied automatically to the Canberra households already eligible for the utilities concession scheme. 

These are the households who need our assistance.

The cost of this commitment is $6m-$7m split over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years.

The pandemic isn’t over and there is more work to do. We want to keep working every day to protect the health and livelihoods of our community.

Now, more than ever, Canberrans need an experienced, progressive government they can trust to lead the Territory through.