We understand that our community is facing challenging times and that you and your family may be experiencing difficulties keeping on top of bills.
We can work with you to organise an affordable payment arrangement and if you’re eligible, help you to apply for financial assistance.
Our options include;
If you’d like to apply for assistance, please contact us at email@example.com so we can better understand your situation and work with you while you are experiencing these difficult times.
Extended due date
You can contact us to ask for an extension to the date your account is due. Extensions are granted at Gippsland Water’s discretion and can be flexible to suit your needs.
There are a number of options to make it easy for you to pay your account in smaller amounts at regular intervals. Please see our Payment Options page for this information.
Utility Relief Grant Scheme
The Utility Relief Grant Scheme helps customers who are unable to pay their water account due to a temporary financial crisis.
To qualify, you need to show that unexpected hardship has left you short of money and you cannot pay your account without help.
Examples of such events include:
The grant may pay part or all of your Gippsland Water account, including any amounts you may be behind in. The scheme will not provide you with ongoing help with your account, as it is normally only available as a once-off.
Our Hardship Policy
We have a hardship policy that sets out how we help customers having difficulty paying their account. We also have a Family Violence policy, which is provided at the bottom of this page.
If you set up a payment arrangement with us, and make payments as agreed, it ensures you do not move through the debt recovery process. We will not restrict your water supply, take legal action or charge you additional debt recovery costs as long as you meet your payment schedule.
As well as the various payment options available, we offer information and referrals to government assistance programs (including the Utility Relief Grant Scheme) and non-cost independent financial counselors.
If you have a Health Care, Pension or DVA Gold Repatriation card (except dependants), you may be entitled to a concession on your account. Holders of Commonwealth Seniors Health Cards are not eligible for a concession.
If you are responsible for your water account, you can claim up to:
For more information on whether you are eligible for a concession, contact the Department of Human Services on 1800 658 521.
How the concession value is calculated
Eligible tenants and home owners who only have a water service, are eligible for 50% off water charges or up to $52.18 per bill, whichever is lower. This means if your usage is $30, you will get $15 off (50% off). If your usage is $120, you will get $52.18 per bill (dependent of days in billing period) off (the maximum available per bill). The maximum rebate for the 2019-20 year is $164.45.
Homeowners with water and wastewater services receive a concession of 50% off both services, or up to $109.63 per bill (dependent of days in billing period), whichever is lower. The maximum rebate for the 2019-20 year is $328.90.
To receive a concession:
You must register your concession details with us in order for the concession to be applied to your account. You can no longer claim the concession amount by showing your card when paying at the post office.
Register by sending your concession application form to:
PO Box 348,
Traralgon, VIC, 3844
Fax: 03 5174 0103
Or visiting our head office at Hazelwood Road, Traralgon with your concession card.
For more information, contact us on 1800 050 500.