What is the Heating Allowance?

The Heating Allowance is a payment of $56 per year to eligible pensioners residing in Tasmania to assist with heating costs. Two payments of $28 are made each year on 15th May and 15th September. Payments are made under the Pensioners (Heating Allowances) Act 1971. Eligibility is means tested and successful applicants do not need to re-apply each year for the allowance.

To apply for the Heating Allowance you can request a Heating Allowance Applicant Form is sent to you via mail by calling 1800 300 068 or you can print and complete the Heating Allowance Application Form

More Information

Eligible Pensions (full rate)

  • Age Pension
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension (DSP)
  • Parenting Payment
  • Service Pension

Income and assets - Single pensioners:

  • Cannot have more than $1,750 in cash assets
  • Cannot earn more than $10 per week in excess of the pension ($12 per week extra earnings allowed per dependent child under 16)

Income and assets - Married or de facto pensioners:

  • Cannot have more than $2,750 in cash assets
  • Cannot earn more than $20 per week in excess of the pension ($12 per week extra earnings allowed per dependent child under 16)

Other information

  • Only one Heating Allowance payment is allowed per household
  • Residents of boarding houses must pay a specific electricity amount in addition to their rent
  • Carers Allowance and Mobility Allowance do not count as extra income
  • People who receive a part overseas pension are not eligible for the Heating Allowance
  • Changes to circumstances should be advised as soon as they occur

We need to know changes such as:

  • You have changed bank account details
  • You have moved address
  • You have changed marital status
  • You have started receiving extra income
  • You have started receiving an overseas pension
  • You have stopped receiving a pension

Changes? Questions? Get in touch!

Email: heating.allowance@communities.tas.gov.au

Free call: 1800 300 068 (within Tasmania)

Mail:    Department of Communities Tasmania

Heating Allowance

GPO Box 65

HOBART TAS 7001