Almost four million Australians will receive a one-off payment to help with the rising costs of their power bill.

Vulnerable and low-income households can expect to receive cash handouts of $75 for singles and $125 for couples.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has promised that if the legislation passes, payments will be deposited into the bank accounts of about 3.9 million eligible Australians by the end of financial year.

Mr Frydenberg denied the measure was a “cash splash” describing the payments as “responsible, targeted spending”.

“This is money [that’s] going to go into people’s pockets to help meet the cost of their next power bill,” he told Channel Nine.

Those receiving the one-off energy cash handouts include 2.4 million people on age pensions, nearly 750,000 people on disability support pensions, carers and single parent payment recipients, as well as eligible veterans.

Will you be one of the lucky families?

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  • A one off payment would be great relief for some bit what about in the long run? They need to stop shutting down power houses! This is why energy prices are so steep!

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  • As a pensioner it will help for the current bill – what happens further down the track? At least the Liberals are not so gung-ho on renewables so that we are eventually all left in the dark

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  • Not much help it’s providing maybe they should consider energy capping

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  • It won’t reach us but it’s a step in the right direction

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  • I won’t be one of them but I hope it can help others out at least a little bit. Wonder if all the politicians will expect to receive this benefit as well

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  • I don’t think it will make a significant difference.

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  • Gimme Gimme Gimme
    It’s hard to keep up with such high taxes and on maternity leave

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  • It will help with the electricity bill which is always so high!

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  • Well poo sorry to say it isn’t me

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  • I don’t expect we will receive it, but happy for those that will.

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  • What is classified as a low income? I bet we don’t because we both work.

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  • Vote the Libs out! What a ridiculous band-aid solution to an ever growing problem. Need something ongoing and realistic. Hope this mob are gone soon.

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  • Hardly going to make a difference in anyone’s life with prices of everything going up all the time. They might as well just give it straight to the power companies, after all they already spend billions in subsidizing coal production. Just a weak effort to try and win some more votes before an election.

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  • That’s a huge cost to the government that may be better spent elsewhere. It will only make a teeny tiny difference to families. Is it worth it?

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  • Hopefully this little bit will help some out. Not much but every bit helps.

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