More savings with government services - ACT
More savings with government services
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In this activity, you'll find out how to apply for concessions and rebates using the ACT Government's Assistance website.
We also look at how you can use government websites to track down lost superannuation funds.Start activity
Using the top menu to find concessions
The ACT government's Assistance site at act.gov.au/assistance has a few categories for concessions and rebates. You can find these in a menu across the top of the page. They include:
- Housing, rates and utilities
- Transport and registration
- Health and dental.
You can explore any category by clicking on it in the menu. Let's take a closer look at these examples next
Housing, rates and utilities
This category has some important rebates that you may be eligible for.
You can find out about the Utilities Concession, which helps you save on your electricity, natural gas, water, and sewerage.
The Wheelie Bin Assistance scheme lets you request help in putting out your bins each week for collection.
You can also find information about Housing Assistance, including how to Apply for Housing.
Transport and registration
This category shows you how to apply for transport concessions of all kinds, including:
- Concession cash fare or pension MyWay card/fare for savings on public transport using a MyWay card or cash
- Free travel - ACTION NETWORK for information about how to access public transport for free
- Taxi Subsidy Scheme to help with saving money on taxis
- Pensioner Vehicle Registration for concessions on registration costs.
Health and dental
This category shows you how to access various health services as well as dental programs that will save you time and money, including:
- Walk in Centres: a list of places where you can get medical attention without an appointment
- Dental Health Program: a service that helps save money on dental costs
- Ambulance Transport Fee Exemption: a program which provides a free ambulance service for eligible people.
Finding lost superannuation funds
Another useful online service available to all Australians is the ability to search for lost or unclaimed superannuation accounts. The Australian Taxation Office's (ATO's) website at ato.gov.au has some helpful advice on how to look for these funds.
Use the search bar at the top of the ATO's home page and type in lost super. A list of search results will appear, including more information on how to claim lost funds via your myGov account, by phone or by paper form.
If you don't yet have a myGov account, you can find out how to set this up in our Introduction to myGov courses.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission's (ASIC) MoneySmart website at moneysmart.gov.au is another helpful website to know about. It can help you claim lost money from such things as lost bank accounts, shares, investments and life insurance policies, as well a providing information on how to use myGov and the ATO to claim lost superannuation.
This is the end of the More savings with government services activity. You've learned how to use the ACT government's Assistance site to find concessions or rebates you may be eligible for, how to apply for them, and how to find lost money.
Up next, if you are registered with Be Connected and logged in, you'll be able to take a short quiz to complete the Access Canberra course. If you are not registered, you are now at the end of the course.