The WA Government has announced a $1 billion economic and health relief package to support Western Australian businesses, households and community groups, and to boost the response by health and frontline services to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These relief measures include:
- Further relief for households experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, including extension of the Energy Assistance Payment, no disconnections for power and water and additional support for Keystart customers.
- $502 million for small businesses including a reduction in electricity bills, licences fees waived, and additional payroll tax relief.
- An additional $500 million allocated to health and other frontline service delivery, and capacity for additional industry support.
The package builds on the $25 million rent relief package for businesses operating on government-owned premises and $159 million Lotterywest funding package to assist community services impacted by COVID-19. It also comes on top of the $607 million in relief and stimulus measures announced earlier in March, and the Government continues to roll out the $760 million in economic stimulus measures announced in late 2019.
For more information see the $1 billion COVID-19 economic and health relief package unveiled media statement.