Claiming rebates and lost superannuation - WA
Claiming rebates and lost superannuation
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In this activity, you'll find out how to find rebates using the wa.gov.au website.
The Western Australian Government has several rebate programs, and you'll need to explore them to determine your eligibility.
We also look at how you can use government websites to track down lost money.Start activity
Rebates are different from concessions
As we discovered in the previous activity, the Western Australian Government has a special website for concessions, at concessions.communities.wa.gov.au. These concessions let you pay less up front for various government services.
Rebates are more like refunds, which will give you money back after you've paid for a service, if you are eligible.
There isn't a single website that collects all of these, but you can use the Search WA.gov.au bar on the wa.gov.au website to get a list of current rebates.
Using Search to find government rebates
On the wa.gov.au home page, type rebate into the Search WA.gov.au bar at the top right of the page and press the Enter key on your keyboard.
The What can we do for you today? search results page will show a list of pages that are about rebates.
Using Search to find government rebates (cont'd)
By default, Show results from this website is displayed. To see more results, you can click on the Show results for all WA Government websites tab.
Click a search result to visit that page and find out about the rebate.
How to find rebates you can apply for
The wa.gov.au website's search function is very comprehensive and will give you lots of results.
To see results that might be more specific to you, you can filter these results. For example, click the Online service button located above the list of search results.
This will show only rebates that can be applied for online, including links to Apply for a pensioners or seniors rebate, or Apply for an energy concession, and many others.
Click the All results button to see the unfiltered search results again.
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 Tax 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 Claiming rebates and lost superannuation activity. You've learned how to use the wa.gov.au website to find 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 Western Australia government websites course. If you are not registered, you are now at the end of the course.