Government assistance
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Government assistance

During the switchover to digital-only TV the Australian Government provided assistance to help eligible households make the switch to digital TV. Australians who received certain government payments, or lived in specific areas, had the cost of getting digital ready totally or partially covered. Now that the switch to digital-only TV is complete, these assistance schemes have now closed.

  • HAS
    Household Assistance Scheme
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    The Household Assistance Scheme (HAS) provided an assistance package, which may have included the following:
    • a high definition set-top box
    • installation of the box by a government contracted installer
    • a demonstration of how it works
    • twelve months warranty, service and technical support free of charge.
    You may have been eligible for the HAS if you owned a working TV, had not yet converted to digital and received the maximum rate of one of the following payments:
    • Age Pension
    • Disability Support Pension
    • Carer Payment
    • Department of Veterans' Affairs Service Pension
    • Department of Veterans' Affairs Income Support Supplement.
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