Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Web gateway to State Government concessions

    7/10/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • New website to give easier access to all State Govt concessions
    • Close to $1billion in State Govt concessions to be given out in 2012-13

    From today, individuals and households will, for the first time, have access to all State Government concessions on one easy-to-use website, which will dramatically improve community awareness of concessions and rebates.

     

    Unveiling ConcessionsWA, Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney said the new all-encompassing, streamlined website meant West Australians would no longer have to shop around at each individual agency to find a concession, but instead could visit the single website and see what was on offer for them.

     

    “West Australians are expected to access close to $1billion in State Government concessions this financial year and with the Government providing more than 100 concessions from as many as 30 different agencies, trying to find a concession, rebate or subsidy scheme can be a daunting task,” Mrs McSweeney said.

     

    “ConcessionsWA is a powerful tool to help all West Australians find the concessions they are entitled to, give reliable and up-to-date information and expand community awareness on the benefits available.”

     

    Visitors to the site can search using the concession type (i.e. education and training); card type (i.e. pensioner concession card); their demographic profile (i.e. first home buyer or families); or an A to Z directory and will be able to view a description of the rebate, how to apply, eligibility and the cards accepted. 

     

    “The Government is committed to improving access to concessions, rebates and subsidy schemes to all sectors of the community,” the Minister said.

     

    “Until today there has been no single, easy-to-use place online for people to locate the concessions they may be entitled to.  So can I encourage members of the public, if they are looking for a concession or rebate, to log on to http://www.concessions.wa.gov.au.”

     

    Further development of ConcessionsWA will include a version for iPads, mobile devices and more detailed translations in languages other than English; and a step-by-step option to further help people find concessions.

     

          Fact File

    • ConcessionsWA can be found at http://www.concessions.wa.gov.au
    • ConcessionsWA will dramatically improve access to all State Govt concessions
    • WA provides more than 100 concessions, rebates and subsidy schemes
    • This compares to Victoria and Queensland (48) and Tasmania (about 90)

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