Concessions and Grants
What concession cards are eligible?
- Pensioner Concession Card – issued by Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
- Centrelink Health Care Card.
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card (cards marked as “Dependent” are not eligible).
Commonwealth Seniors Health Cards, Victorian Seniors Card, Carer Allowance and Foster Care Health Cards and Medicare cards are not eligible cards.
How much is the concession?
This concession offers a discount on water rates, up to a yearly maximum, which is indexed each year.
Are there any other criteria?
Yes, for you to be able to claim a concession on your water charges you must ensure that:
- You have one of the eligible concession cards and your card is valid at the time of application.
- You are the person responsible for payment of the account.
- Your name is on the account.
- Your name and address on the account matches that on the concession card.
- Concessions are only available where water is used for domestic purposes only.
- Irrigation water use is ineligible.
- Groundwater licences are ineligible as SRW does not charge for domestic groundwater use.
Energy & Water Ombudsman of Victoria (EWOV)
If you feel that your complaint has not been resolved to your satisfaction, please let us know. If you are still not satisfied with the outcome, you can contact the Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria (EWOV) on 1800 500 509.
More information can be found at the Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria website.
Family Violence Support
Has a partner or family member put you in a difficult situation with your bill?
This could be a form of family violence. We are here to support you.
You only have to tell your story once
You will only have to explain your situation once – the first time you call. We will be guided by the information that you provide to us and no extra proof is required.
All conversations are confidential
Your safety and privacy will be respected at all times. None of the information you give us will be disclosed to anyone else, even if their name is on the account. Only staff who are directly involved will have access to the information provided – we can lock your account in our system to everyone other than the Customer Support Team, giving you added privacy.
We’ll help you with the debt
Southern Rural Water provides support and assistance to customers left with debt. We’ll work with you to find a solution for your individual situation.
Trained staff, respectful conversations
Our dedicated Customer Support Team members have been trained to assist people who are experiencing family violence.
We will treat you with understanding and respect, explain how we can assist you in this difficult situation, and give you as much time as you need to consider your options.
We can put you in touch with additional support
We work collaboratively with a number of community organisations that specialise in working with and supporting people experiencing family violence. We can refer you to one of these services for immediate and or more long-term assistance.
We are here to listen and support you
If a partner or family member has left you with unpaid water bills, please contact our Family Violence Hotline on 1300 654 059 between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Debt Management and Hardship Procedures
The Debt Management Procedure sets out the rights and responsibilities of Southern Rural Water (SRW) and our customers in relation to the management of outstanding debt.
The purpose of this procedure is to establish transparent, fair and equitable debt management principles for customers to support them in understanding our debt management approach.