Western Australian households can expect around four months of relief from having to pay electricity bills, with the state government announcing a $600 bill credit.
Western Australian households will receive a one-off $600 electricity credit from November 1, 2020.
The WA Household Electricity Credit will be automatically applied to every Synergy or Horizon Power residential account and will be on bills in November and December.
The credit is set to boost household spending, supporting the WA economy and local jobs.
With the $600 credit, the average WA household can expect a total saving of $663.52, or a one-off reduction of 10.4% on their household fees and charges this year.
The credit builds on other household support and relief measures in place as part of WA’s $5.5 million WA Recovery Plan, including the $610 provided to customers who qualified for the Energy Assistance Payment.
Premier Mark McGowan said providing funds to Western Australians was even more important now as the state continues its recovery from COVID-19.
“Providing relief and support to all Western Australian households is an important element of our jobs and recovery plan,” he said.
“The credit will be rolled out by the end of the year, ensuring families have that extra capacity to spend and support our economy in the lead up to Christmas.
“While some portion of this will be saved by households, the majority is expected to be spent in our local economy, meaning local businesses that have been particularly impacted by COVID-19, including the retail and hospitality sectors, will benefit the most.”
“By generating additional expenditure in the local economy, we’re supporting local jobs and we can make sure we recover from the pandemic, stronger than ever.”
State Treasurer Ben Wyatt said this is the first time household fees and charges have decreased in 15 years.
“The $600 credit is expected to provide a significant boost to the economy and will support jobs, providing further impetus to the recovery already underway in Western Australia,” he said.