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What assistance is available?

You might be eligible to receive the Centrelink Telephone Allowance to help you pay for your phone and internet connection.

If you are eligible you can receive a payment from the Government of either $28.20 or $42.00 every three months.

You can read more information about whether you can get the Centrelink Telephone Allowance by clicking here.

How can I claim the Centrelink Telephone Allowance?

If the Centrelink Telephone Allowance is not already paid to you as a part of your Centrelink payments, and you would like to receive it, or if you are unsure whether you are eligible, you should contact Centrelink.

You can contact Centrelink:

 

If you are a Telstra customer you might benefit from the Telstra Access for Everyone Program.

The Access for Everyone program provides products and services to help people on a low income and people in financial hardship to stay connected to essential telecommunications services. Click on the link above to read more about what services and products might be available to you.

Centrelink Telephone Allowance

If you have a Pensioner Concession Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, you might be eligible for the Government’s Telephone Allowance, as included in the Pensioner Supplement or Seniors Supplement.

You can read more information about whether you can get the Centrelink Telephone Allowance by clicking here.

Telstra Pensioner Discount

The Telstra Pensioner Discount provides eligible pensioner customers with a monthly call discount on their Telstra home phone service.

If you are eligible for the discount, you can also get free access to Call Control, a waiver on late payment fees, and fee-free payment options.

You can register by calling Telstra on 13 2200.

Telstra Home Phone Essential package

The Telstra Home Phone Essential package is a cheaper home phone plan for eligible Telstra customers.

To be eligible you must hold an eligible Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card.

 

Centrelink Telephone Allowance

If you have a Pensioner Concession Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, you might be eligible for the Government’s Telephone Allowance, as included in the Pensioner Supplement or Seniors Supplement.

You can read more information about whether you can get the Centrelink Telephone Allowance by clicking here.

Telstra Pensioner Discount

The Telstra Pensioner Discount provides eligible pensioner customers with a monthly call discount on their Telstra home phone service.

If you are eligible for the discount, you can also get free access to Call Control, a waiver on late payment fees, and fee-free payment options.

You can register by calling Telstra on 13 2200.

Telstra Disability Equipment Program

This program provides Telstra customers with products that make calling easier for people with disability. These products include phones with larger buttons, visual alerts, cochlear implant adaptors, and teletypewriters (TTY). If you are eligible you can rent the equipment for the same price as a normal phone handset.

For more information:

  • Visit Telstra’s disability services page.
  • Call the Telstra Disability Enquiry Hotline (Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm EST) on
    • 1800 068 424 (voice)
    • 1800 808 981 (TTY).

Smith Family Tech Packs Digital Literacy Program

The Tech Pack program provides internet-ready computers and internet access to disadvantaged families.

Participating families receive eight hours of skills training with an accredited trainer, 12 months of free internet access, and technical support.