Victorian URGS

Do you need financial support?

Simply Energy wants to help those facing financial hardship, so you can feel in control of your bills. Whether you have unexpectedly lost your job, or your gas, electricity and water are a large portion of your income, we understand it can be tough to budget. When you need real support and solutions, we’re here for you! That’s why we want to see if you’re eligible for the Victorian Utility Relief Grant (URG) Scheme.

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What is the Victoria URG Scheme?

If you are eligible, the Victorian URG Scheme will give you up to $650.00 per utility account (electricity, gas, water) to help manage your bills and get back on track.

How do I sign up?

Call 1800 065 475 to speak to a friendly consultant who can assess your individual situation, who will send you a Victorian Utility Relief Form. The form will come with a reply paid envelope to be assessed by Department of Housing along with a due date. The form must be with Department of Housing before the due to date prevent the application from being cancelled. If you need assistance fill out the form, please contact a financial councillor 

Eligibility:
To be eligible you must hold at least one of the following concession cards:

  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Health Care Card
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card

You must also meet one of the five following criteria:

  • A significant increase in usage
  • A recent decrease in income, such as loss of employment
  • High unexpected expenses on essential items
  • The cost of shelter is more than 30 per cent of the household income
  • The cost of utilities is more than 10 per cent of the household income

For more information, simply call us on 1800 065 475 or head to the website .

Making payments flexible

We have a skilled team that will help find the right payment solution for you and work with your budget. Just call Simply Energy on 1800 065 475, and we’ll be able to create a plan that best suits you.

 

Reducing your future bills

Simply Energy can provide tips to help you reduce how much energy you use, that way you’ll lower your bills as well! If you want to find out more, click here or here.

 

Free financial advice

If you’re looking for free counselling to help you manage your future finances, call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 or go to their website to find out more.

 

The Federal Government also has general budgeting tools from MoneySmart that are useful to allow you to feel in control of your bills.

Money Smart

Simply Energy is here to help and so are your other creditors. It’s really important to tell them (banks, phone, water supplier) about your financial situation. You’ll get the best solution if you’re open and honest about having trouble paying your bills, as they will have processes to help you.

Centrepay by Centrelink

Do you have payments coming from Centrelink? Call us on 1800 065 475 to set up a payment arrangement using Centrepay automated deductions. For more information about Centrepay, go to their website.

Do you have a concession?

If you have a concession, you might be eligible for discounts on your bills. Simply call us on 1800 065 475 to add your concession to your account. Find out more here.