Non-Mains Energy Concession

Victorian households that rely on

  • firewood,
  • LPG and,
  • other non-mains methods,

for heating and cooking can apply for the Non-Mains Energy Concession.

An annual rebate of between $52-$589 is available, depending on energy bills. Visit the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing website for more information.

Non-Mains Utility Relief Grant

Victorians on low incomes (with or without a concession card) who rely on non-mains energy, including firewood, and have experienced unexpected financial hardship can apply for the Non-Mains Utility Relief Grant of up to $650.

You can apply for the grant if you have an amount owing for a previous firewood purchase, or if you will not be able to afford your next fuel purchase.

Visit the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing website for more information.

Power Saving Bonus

The Victorian Government’s new $250 Power Saving Bonus program will provide a once-off payment of $250 to ease cost-of-living pressures and encourage Victorians to compare their household energy prices and save money on their bills.

The new $250 Power Saving Bonus program builds on the success of the 2018-20 $50 Power Saving Bonus program for households and the 2021-22 $250 Bonus for concession recipients – programs which provided over a $110 million to more than 850,000 Victorian households.

To be eligible for the new $250 Power Saving Bonus, Victorian households will need to:

  • Have a recent residential electricity bill
  • Be the account holder for that bill
  • Visit the Victorian Energy Compare website or engage with an energy affordability service through one of our participating community outreach partners
  • Only one payment is available per household.

For more information, please visit the Victorian Energy Compare website.

Improving Household Energy Efficiency

The following programs can help households

  • improve their home energy efficiency
  • save on energy bills and/or
  • adopt renewable energy

Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades

The Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program provides a base rebate of $1,000 towards the cost of purchasing and installing a high-efficiency heating and cooling system.

The rebates are available to low-income households whose primary source of heating is wood, gas-fired or an electric heater more than 7 years old. Find out more about the Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades program.

Victorian Energy Saver

Victorian Energy Saver has information and tools to save energy and money on bills. Programs include:

Victorian Energy Upgrades

Victorian Energy Upgrades provides access to discounts for energy-saving products and services.

Energy Savvy upgrades

Energy Savvy Upgrades is a home energy program for low income households experiencing energy stress to keep energy bills in check.

Household Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is about

  • saving energy
  • reducing your bills and
  • making your home more comfortable.

Find out about the benefits of an energy efficient home at Sustainability Victoria.

Fact Sheet

Firewood energy concessions Fact Sheet (June 2021) (PDF, 594.6 KB)

Firewood energy concessions Fact Sheet (June 2021) (DOCX, 1.0 MB)

Page last updated: 05/07/22