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85,000 Aussies eligible for new $500 offset

Anastasia Santoreneos
·1-min read
85,000 Aussies eligible for $500 offset. Source: Getty
85,000 Aussies eligible for $500 offset. Source: Getty

Some Aussies in Perth will be eligible for a $500 electricity offset, as the West Australian Premier lifts the state’s five-day lockdown.

Premier Mark McGowan said small businesses and charities affected by the snap lockdown would be eligible for a $500 offset on their electricity bills.

The scheme will cost around $43 million, and will likely benefit around 85,000 Synergy and Horizon customers.

"I know this won't cover the cost of a lockdown, I understand, but I hope it does provide some form of help," McGowan said.

The lockdown ended at 6pm on Friday, after no new community transmission of COVID were recorded last week.

It’s the second electricity credit the Premier has offered Western Australians, with small business customers of Synergy already given a $2,500 account offset last year.

According to the electricity provider, the amount will be added to eligible Synergy accounts automatically from 15 February 2021.

To be deemed eligible, the state government said there would be an application process beginning in the coming weeks.

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