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Re-elected McGowan Labor Government to reinstate seniors’ security rebate

Posted on January 10, 2021
  • $16 million to reinstate Seniors Safety and Security Rebate
  • Rebate of up to $400 for the purchase of home security and safety equipment
  • Important program was scrapped by previous Liberal-National Government
  • $4 million to establish State-wide elder abuse advocacy service

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will reinstate the Seniors’ Safety and Security Rebate, assisting seniors to purchase security equipment to better protect their homes.

The $16 million commitment will provide WA Seniors Card holders with a rebate of up to $400 for the purchase of home security and safety equipment.

It can be used by seniors to install devices like home intruder alarms, deadlocks, security

window screens, sensor lights, fire and electrical safety items.

The popular rebate was axed by the previous Liberal-National Government in 2015.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will also deliver $4 million to Legal Aid WA to establish Elder Rights WA, a state-wide elder abuse advocacy service, to comprehensively prevent and address elder abuse in the community.

Elder Rights WA will support seniors by helping them connect with information and legal advice,

advocacy, negotiation and representation in a range of elder abuse matters.

This funding will provide six new positions within Legal Aid, and travel costs where appropriate, ensuring that regional, rural and remote West Australians are also able to access the service.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“This is a significant investment to keep our seniors safe. Every Western Australian deserves to feel safe in their home, especially seniors.

“The Seniors Safety and Security rebate was incredibly popular, prior to being axed by the Liberal-National Government. It helped to keep them safe and gave them peace-of-mind in their homes.

“A re-elected WA Labor Government will reinstate the rebate, assisting seniors to purchase security equipment like alarms, security screens and deadlocks. They deserve nothing less.

“We will also establish ‘Elder Rights WA’ to support seniors and combat elder abuse, which is experienced by 4.6 per cent of people over the age of 65 each year.

“The percentage is higher for more vulnerable groups such as those with carers, where 25 per cent will experience an incidence of elder abuse.

“Addressing Elder Abuse is essential to ensuring older Western Australians feel safe and supported.

“The safety and security of WA seniors will always be a priority under a Government I lead.”