2012-13 Tasmanian Government Discounts and Concessions Guide now available Fri 31 August 2012 Lara Giddings Premier The Premier Lara Giddings, today encouraged Tasmanians to pick up a free copy of the 2012-13 Tasmanian Government Discounts and Concessions Guide. The Guide is produced by the Government to ensure all Tasmanians are aware of the concessions they are eligible to receive. "As I have travelled around the State I have spoken to many Tasmanians on low incomes who are doing it tough," Ms Giddings said. "Meeting basic needs, such as food and a warm home, can be a daily struggle for those in need, and winter is a particular challenge. "The State Government is committed to looking after those most in need, which is why we set aside $5 million from the sale of TOTE Tasmania for a range of cost of living initiatives. "On top of this we have also increased concessions on electricity by $11.7 million in 2012-13, and $46.9 million over the next four years. "This will see a total of $153 million in energy concessions provided to eligible Tasmanian pensioners and Health Care Card holders over the next four years," Ms Giddings said. "That's money that will go directly to Tasmanians in need to help with their daily living costs. The concession will provide relief of about $450 off the annual power bills of 78 000 eligible recipients in 2012-13." Ms Giddings the Tasmanian Government Discount and Concessions Guide is a valuable resource for Tasmanians who are trying to balance their household budget. "While many of the concessions listed in the Guide are for low-income earners or people on fixed incomes, a range of concessions are available to the broader community. "Sometimes saving a dollar or two off the full price of a product or service can make the difference between someone being able to afford a service or not. The Discounts and Concessions Guide has been distributed to more than 600 outlets statewide, including Service Tasmania shops, local councils, neighbourhood houses, community organisations, service providers and state and Commonwealth Government offices. "The Guide is an example of the Government's commitment to ensuring that the effects of the global economic challenges are minimised for the Tasmanian community."