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Customer Assistance

Concessions and Grants

Concessions are available on domestic water charges for holders of valid concession cards. Call 1300 139 510 for details or refer to www.dhs.vic.gov.au/concessions for more information.

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.

 

Customer Feedback

We respond to all customer complaints within 10 business days.

If you would like to make a complaint or give a compliment to Southern Rural Water, please feel free to complete our customer feedback form. or alternatively contact us.

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.

Our Family Violence policy

What to do when someone dies

If you have lost a family member or friend recently, we understand that this is a difficult and emotional time.

What do I do?

When someone dies, you need to let SRW know so we can update licence details or finalise the account.

For Licence Holders (Groundwater or Surfacewater Licence)

Please let us know that the person has died so we can note this on the account and flag in the Victorian Water Register.

Take and use licences can usually be updated should one of the surviving licence holders provide us with a transfer form, copy of death certificate, copy of will or copy of probate.  The fee to transfer for deceased parties is waived.  If all licence holders are deceased, the executor/s of the estate will need to arrange to formally transfer the licence and provide a copy of the will or probate documents.
See 'Transfer licence ownership on sale of land' form under Rivers and Creeks or Groundwater

Call us on 1300 139 510 to speak to one of our assessment officers.

For Irrigation District customers

Please let us know that the person has died so we can note this on the account and flag in the Victorian Water Register.

A solicitor will then usually start the process via the Victorian Water Registrar survivorship process.  Once this happens we will then change the water share entitlement details.

For Farm Dam registration licences

We require a recent copy of title.  Once received we will transfer the Farm Dam registration licence based on the title details.

Who can contact us?

Any of the below people can contact us:

  • Next of kin
  • Person managing the estate
  • Power of Attorney
  • Lawyer or solicitor helping with the will, or
  • An authorised representative listed on the account

For privacy reasons, we may ask for supporting documents to confirm your relationship with the deceased.

For more information

If you have any queries or concerns, please feel free to call us on 1300 between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

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