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Key Changes and Updates From July 1: Solar Energy Rebates, Energy Bills, Minimum Wage and More

Key Changes and Updates From July 1: Solar Energy Rebates, Energy Bills, Minimum Wage and More

Financial Year 2023-2024: What's Coming from July 1?

As the financial year comes to an end, Australia prepares for several important changes set to take effect on 1 July 2023. These changes span various sectors, including energy bills, solar energy rebates, aged care, minimum wage and more. In this article, we will delve into the details of these upcoming alterations, highlighting their significance and potential impact on individuals and the wider community.

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A cost-of-living crisis, with power bills expected to rise

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) confirmed that energy prices in NSW, South Australia, and southeast Queensland would rise by 19.6 per cent to 23.9 per cent on July 1, 2023. Small business owners will also face a hike in the next fiscal year ranging from 14.7% to 28.9%, depending on area.

$500 energy bill relief payment

The Australian government has announced a $500 energy bill relief payment for qualifying households in an effort to alleviate the financial stress placed on Australians who face high power bills. However, eligibility for this payment differs depending on where you live, as each state has its own set of requirements.

Visit our page to learn more about the federal budget 2023 commits $3 billion to households and small businesses’ energy bill relief payments.

Solar energy rebates: Certain states have made measures that affect homeowners and renters

Recognising the importance of transitioning towards clean energy, the New South Wales (NSW), ACT and WA government has introduced various alterations to solar rebates, incentives, and subsidies to encourage the adoption of solar power systems.

The Solar for Low Income Households Program in NSW aims to make solar energy more accessible to low-income households lowering power bills and encouraging the usage of sustainable energy in economically disadvantaged communities.

The ACT Sustainable Household Scheme’s new eligibility changes are effective July 1, 2023. All scheme products, except solar, are available to stand-alone homes (non-unit titled properties) with an unimproved value (UV) of $750,000 or less in 2022. The property’s UV in 2022 must be $450,000 or less to qualify for solar under the scheme. On the other hand, unit-titled properties are eligible for all program products if their unimproved value is $300,000 or less in 2022.

Synergy is the power provider for Western Australian solar households in Perth and the southwest part of the state, and they get a solar feed-in tariff (FiT) under the Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme (DEBS). 

DEBS rates for Synergy customers as of:

1 July 2023

  • Peak-rates: Electricity exported between 3pm to 9pm earns 10 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh);
  • Off-peak rates: Electricity exported between 9pm and 3pm earns 2.25 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

 

2021-2022

  • Peak-rates: Electricity exported between 3pm to 9pm earns 10 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh);
  • Off-peak rates: Electricity exported between 9pm and 3pm earns 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
social housing in Dubbo NSW-multi-unit apartments

Image: NSW Governement-Installed rooftop solar on social housing in Dubbo, NSW.

Read more about solar rebates and FiT

Minimum wage increase

On 1 July 2023, the minimum wage in Australia will undergo a rise, affecting millions of workers across various industries. The Fair Work Commission, responsible for setting minimum wage rates, has announced a 2.5% increase, which amounts to $20.33 per week or approximately $1,057.80 per year for full-time employees.

This increase aims to address issues of wage stagnation and support workers in maintaining a decent standard of living. However, it is crucial to note that the minimum wage rise may vary across different awards and employment sectors, so it is advisable to consult the Fair Work Commission website or seek professional advice for specific details.

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Aged care reforms

The Australian government is implementing significant reforms in the aged care sector to enhance the quality and accessibility of services for older Australians. These reforms aim to address the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

As Australia ushers in the new financial year, several key changes are set to come into effect on 1 July 2023. The aged care sector will witness significant reforms aimed at improving the quality of services and support for older Australians. Meanwhile, the minimum wage increase will provide much-needed relief for workers across various industries. Additionally, changes in energy bills seek to protect consumers from excessive pricing and promote renewable energy adoption.

To understand the implications

It is important for individuals and businesses to stay informed about these changes and understand their implications. To obtain accurate and up-to-date information, it is recommended to consult official government websites, and relevant authorities, and seek professional advice where necessary. These changes mark a significant step toward addressing crucial issues and shaping a better future for Australians in various sectors of the economy.

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