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The NSW Private Water Scheme Pensioner Rebates help eligible residential customers of private water schemes licensed under the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 to pay their water and sewerage bills. These rebates are available to all eligible customers of private water schemes. 

 

The Department has now closed applications for the 2021-22 rebates. Applications for the 2022-23 rebates will open in July 2022.

Who’s eligible?

You can apply for the private water rebates if:

  • you’re the owner of a residence that receives drinking water and/or wastewater (sewerage) services from a private water scheme licensed under the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 and listed in Table 1:
  • that residence is your principal residence and you’re a customer of the relevant private water scheme retailer/biller.
  • you hold one of the following:
    • Pensioner Concession Card issued by Services Australia or the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), or
    • DVA Gold Health Card marked with either:
      • War Widow or War Widower, or
      • Extreme Disablement Adjustment (EDA), or
      • Totally and Temporarily Incapacitated (TTI), or
      • Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI), or
    • DVA intermediate rate pension.

 

Table 1 – Licensed private water schemes

SCHEME NAME/LOCATION BILLER NAME/LICENSED RETAILER DRINKING WATER CHARGES WASTEWATER CHARGES
Box Hill North*
Box Hill Water / Altogether Water Group Pty Ltd**
No Yes
Catherine Hill Bay
Solo Water
Yes Yes
Central Park, Chippendale
Central Park Water / Altogether Water Group Pty Ltd**
Yes
Yes
Cooranbong North
Cooranbong Water / Altogether Water Group Pty Ltd**
Yes
Yes
Discovery Point, Wolli Creek
Discovery Point Water / Altogether Water Group Pty Ltd**
Yes
Yes
Huntlee
Huntlee Water / Altogether Water Group Pty Ltd**
Yes
Yes
Narara
Narara Ecovillage Co-operative
Yes
Yes
Pitt Town*
Pitt Town Water / Altogether Water Group Pty Ltd**
No Yes
Shepherds Bay, Meadowbank
Shepherds Bay Water / Altogether Water Group Pty Ltd**
Yes
Yes

*Customers of some private water schemes are billed directly by their local public water utility (for example, Sydney Water) for their drinking water. These schemes are marked with an asterisk (*) in Table 1. Customers of these schemes are only eligible to receive the private water rebate on their wastewater service charges and should apply to their local public water utility for a pensioner rebate on their drinking water service charges (the utility’s contact details will be on the drinking water bill). The Pensioner Water Rebate webpage also has links to some of the public water utilities’ pensioner rebates.

 

**Altogether Group Pty Ltd, previously known as Flow Systems.


*** The Bingara Gorge scheme at Wilton is now owned by Sydney Water and Sydney Water will now provide pensioner rebates on these services.

 

What you’ll need to apply for the rebates

  • a copy of your bill from your private water scheme retailer/biller for the current financial year, which must have your name and address printed on it
  • personal and contact details
  • pensioner concession card or gold health card details
  • your bank account details for the electronic funds’ transfer.


IMPORTANT NOTE: your name and residential address need to be the same on your application, on your water bill and on your pensioner/health card account to be eligible for the rebates.

 

How to apply

To apply please complete an application form and submit your completed application and relevant water bill to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.


An application in PDF form will be shown here when 2022-23 applications open. 


You can also obtain a hard copy of the application form by contacting the Department using the email address or phone number provided below.

 

Applications for the 2021-2022 financial year closed on 30 June 2022.

 
You can submit your applications by:

  • Emailing the team.
  • Post: NSW Private Water Scheme Pensioner Rebates, PO Box 435, Parramatta, NSW 2124

 

Need help or additional information?

We’re happy to help you if you have questions about the rebates or your eligibility.

 

Feel free to call us on 1800 953 119 or email us.

 

Additional information about the rebates can be found at:

Page last updated: 01/07/2022