Bridge Darebin is an official community outreach provider for the State Government’s $250 Power Saving Bonus.
We are assisting community members to receive this one-off payment to help ease energy bill stress, and to help them seek out a better energy deal.
As of 1 July 2022, this payment is available to all Victorian households.
What is the $250 Power Saving Bonus?
The $250 Power Saving Bonus is a one-off $250 payment which provides direct support to Victorian households experiencing power bill stress during the coronavirus pandemic.
Who is eligible for the Power Saving Bonus?
To be eligible, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a Victorian residential energy consumer (i.e. have a residential electricity account)
- You must be the account holder
When can households apply?
This program is running from 1 July 2022 until 30 June 2023.
How many people per household can apply?
Only one payment is available to each household.
I am a concession card holder who received the previous Power Saving Bonus before 1 July 2022.
Can I apply again?
Yes you can.
- How do I apply?
What do I need for the application process?
When you come to us to submit your application, there are a few things you need to bring with you:
- a copy of a recent electricity bill
- your ‘NMI’ number (this is located on your bill and is typically a 10 or 11 digit number)
Be sure to keep a copy of your NMI and your application reference number as you may need this information for further communications about your application.
How will it be paid to me?
When you submit your application online, you will be able to choose between receiving your payment via EFT (electronic transfer into your bank account) or cheque.
How long does it take to receive the Power Saving Bonus?
If you meet the eligibility and documentation requirements, you should receive your $250 payment via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) within two to three weeks of submission. If you request payment via cheque, this should be received within four weeks.
We have dedicated volunteers to help people on:
Tuesdays – East Preston Community Centre 10am-12pm. Free Computer & Mobile Phone support, as well as one-on -one support to claim the Power Saving Bonus
Fridays – Bridge Darebin, 218 High St, Preston, 12-2pm. Drop in for one-on-one support to claim the Power Saving Bonus, plus join in Laneway Lunches for a free cooked meal 12-1pm