Queenslanders to receive $175 cost of living rebate on power bill

Queensland households will receive $175 off their next power bill after the state government confirmed a new cost of living rebate.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the new in Queensland Parliament on Thursday morning.

Ms Palaszczuk said rising fuel and grocery prices were taking a toll especially on those on low incomes.


“People are having to make difficult choices including going without,’ the Premier said.

‘The $175 Cost of Living Rebate will make life just that little bit easier and brings to $575 the dividends Queenslanders have received over the past four years.

“In February we announced Queensland households would receive $50 off their power bills later this year because Queenslanders own their power assets – the generators, the transmission and the distribution,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“With wholesale prices going up due to global instability, we have moved to raise it to $175 because we know the pressure Queenslanders face.

“Electricity providers will automatically apply the credit, so Queenslanders don’t have to apply.

“These are assets that belong to Queenslanders.

“It will mean total rebates to households of $575 over the past four years.”

It comes after the Australian Energy Regulator released its Default Mark Offer Prices for the next financial year.

It will see households in south east Queensland face increase of up to 12.6 per cent, adding an extra $220 to bills.

Small business customers face price hikes of 12.8 per cent, or $705.