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Kay Hull talks up Telstra option for Centrelink customers in Riverina.



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16 July 2004 KAY HULL TALKS UP TELSTRA OPTION FOR CENTRELINK CUSTOMERS IN RIVERINA

The Nationals Member for Riverina Kay Hull today showed Centrelink customers in the Riverina how easy it is to take advantage of Centrelink’s direct-debit service, Centrepay, to pay their Telstra home phone bill.

Mrs Hull said Telstra had recently signed on to Centrepay, which is a free, direct bill paying service for Centrelink customers that provides an easy way to make regular payments to registered service providers. “It’s certainly a great benefit to Centrelink customers to be able to pay their home phone bill through Centrepay,” Mrs Hull said. “Through Centrepay, Centrelink customers can opt to pay a minimum of $20 per fortnight off their Telstra bill. That amount will be shown as a deduction when they receive their Telstra bill. Potentially, Centrepay can benefit every one of Centrelink’s 6.4 million customers nation-wide, including the 50,600 customers in the Riverina.” Telstra Area manager for the region Andrew Cottrill, said Telstra was the only major telecommunications provider to offer the Centrepay option for its customers. “We want to give our customers the option of paying their Telstra bills using Centrepay, with automatic regular deductions from their payments from Centrelink,” he said. “The Centrepay option enables our customers to do this via an electronic payment so people can avoid the need to make manual payments.” The service is available to anyone receiving a Centrelink payment, including Age or Disability Support Pension, income support payments such as Newstart or Youth Allowance, or Family Tax Benefit. Centrepay can also be used to pay electricity, water, council rates and many other services, where providers have an agreement with Centrelink. People who wish to use Centrepay to pay their home phone bill or other living expenses can call Centrelink, visit the nearest office or download a Centrepay deduction form from www.centrelink.gov.au (End) For more information contact Katie Brunskill on 6921 4600, 0428 214600 or Kay Hull on 0428 211 591. 0428 211 591.