Currently in Western Australia there are a number of utility assistance schemes for people having difficulty paying their Electricity, Water and Gas bills. These schemes can be accessed via an Welfare/ Emergency Relief Agency or a Financial Counselling service. The following provides an overview of how the schemes work and guidelines to assist with client applications. These forms are regularly updated. Please ensure you are using a current version.
The Power Assist Scheme is an initiative of Synergy and Horizon Power and the WACOSS Emergency Relief Agencies Forum (ER Forum). The scheme is aimed at assisting members of the community experiencing financial difficulties with the payment of their electricity accounts and in particular to prevent electricity disconnection. This scheme is available to clients through agencies that provide Emergency Relief or Financial Counselling.
The Scheme is administered by the St Vincent De Paul Society and overseen by the State Emergency Relief Committee on behalf of the ER Sector.
Allocation Dates for 2015/2016
The Synergy Power Assist Scheme is run for two days every month throughout the financial year.
The allocation dates for 2015/2016 financial year have been confirmed until September 2015. New dates for the remaining months will be published upon confirmation that the program will continue to be funded.
28th & 29th July
18th & 19th August
15th & 16th September
The Horizon Power Assist Scheme can be applied for at any time and applications are processed at the end of each month.
For full program guidelines please see the application forms below:
Synergy Power Assist Application Form 2015-16
Horizon Power Assist Application Form 2015-16
Power Assist Reports
WACOSS produces a report each year providing information and data on the Power Assist Scheme. Please use the links below to view the latest reports: Horizon Power Assist Report 2013-2014 Horizon Power Assist Report 2012-2013
Horizon Power Assist Report 2011-2012
Horizon Power Assist Report 2010-2011 Horizon Power Assist Report 2009-2010
Synergy Power Assist Report 2013-2014 Synergy Power Assist Report 2012-2013 Synergy Power Assist Report 2011-2012 Synergy Power Assist Report 2010-2011 Synergy Power Assist Report 2009-2010
The AlintaCARE Scheme for 2015-2016 has only been confirmed until September 2015 - ongoing dates will be advised. Please continue to use the application form and guidelines from last year. All applications must be overdue by two weeks or more, must be large bills, or be at risk of disconnection.
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Click here to view the Alinta Care guidelines. Click here to download an application form.
Hardship Utility Grant Scheme (HUGS)
HUGS is a State Government Scheme which provides financial assistance to help people with financial difficulties pay their water, gas, and electricity bills so their supply is not cut off.
Further information on HUGS can be found here