WA households from 1st July will be hit with a price hike to their electricity and water bills as part of the State Budget announcement for charges from State Government agencies.
The Treasurer Ben Wyatt announced electricity bills will be increased by a fixed price of $169, regardless of usage, which works out to a 10.9% hike for the “representative household”. This fixed fee will hurt smaller households more, with the fixed cost a greater proportion of the overall bill.
Water and sewerage costs will increase 6%, with other fees such as public transport going up 1.8%, vehicle licence charges up 5.5%, 2.8% for motor injury insurance, and driver’s licences going up 1.7%, amongst other rises.
Overall, the average annual increase to the standard Perth household will be $438 a year, increasing the annual costs to $6100.
There are increased support systems for households who may struggle under the higher costs, which includes a higher Energy Assistance Payment to $300. There is also an extra $16.3 million for the Hardship Utility Grant Scheme (HUGS) and more funding for the Commonwealth Financial Counselling program.
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