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This state just scored $1000 off energy bills in major cost of living break

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell May25,2024
Queensland households will get a $1000 rebate on their power bills this financial year in a move expected to cost the state government $2.5 billion.
Premier Steven Miles announced the rebate on Thursday. Last year’s rebate was $550.
“The bills just keep going up and I’ve been determined to make sure the Queensland government does absolutely everything we can to ease the pressure,” Miles said.

“This is the biggest contribution a state has ever made to help households with their energy bills.”

The rebate will apply to bills from July and many Queenslanders won’t pay anything until 2025, Miles said.
It will be delivered in a lump sum as a credit to carry over to electricity bills.
Seniors and concession card holders will get a $1372 rebate, while small businesses will continue to receive $325.

A special appropriation bill will be introduced on Thursday to bring forward the rebate.

‘Biggest power bill savings Australia has ever seen’

It will be the most significant helping hand provided to households in Australia, with other state and territory governments providing between $250 and $500 in energy relief.

“These are the biggest power bill savings Australia has ever seen,” Deputy Premier Cameron Dick said.

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Queensland Premier Steven Miles says his cost of living relief package will be the biggest in Queensland history. Source: AAP / Darren England

Dick said a rise in royalties would cover the package’s funding, rather than borrowing from the state’s coffers.

“We have had a significant increase in price in the first part of the financial year. That’s where the money is,” he said.

More relief to come

Coal royalties were forecast to boost state revenue by $9.4 billion over five years post-pandemic but since being adopted in 2022, more than $5.8 billion has been contributed to the economy.

The government claims Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows the $550 rebate in 2023 lowered electricity bills by 9.5 per cent.

Editor-in-chief of financial comparison site Canstar, Christine Seib, said Queenslanders paid the lowest bills on the east coast — about 10 per cent less than people in NSW — thanks to the rebate relief.
The latest rebate is expected to halve the average yearly power bill for Queenslanders over the next financial year.
The move comes ahead of the June budget with the state government promoting further cost of living support.
“There will be more cost of living relief in the budget. The premier has made it clear from the first week we took office this is our number one priority,” Dick said.

The upcoming federal budget is also expected to deliver energy relief to households after delivering a $500 rebate to residents and $650 to small businesses last year.

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2 thoughts on “This state just scored $1000 off energy bills in major cost of living break”
  1. It’s great to see the Queensland government taking steps to help ease the financial burden on households. This $1000 rebate on energy bills will make a significant difference for many families. Hopefully, other states will follow suit and provide similar relief for their residents.

  2. Will the $1000 rebate apply to all households in Queensland or are there specific eligibility criteria to qualify for it?

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