Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing; Small Business

    Seniors’ Safety and Security Rebate a boost to WA small businesses

    1/06/2022 5:10 PM
    • Local safety and security small businesses reporting booms in sales since August 2021 reinstatement of the Safety and Security Rebate for seniors
    • More than $4 million in claims paid to WA Seniors Card members since its relaunch, delivering on an election commitment to enhance community safety

    The McGowan Government's Safety and Security Rebate is benefiting Western Australian small businesses as well as the State's seniors.


    Small Business and Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch today joined Dawesville MLA Lisa Munday in visiting Lockdown Security Solutions in Mandurah, which supplies, installs and maintains home alarm and security systems for the residential sector, in addition to other commercial work.


    The demand for home alarm systems has been bolstered by the reintroduction of the Safety and Security Rebate, with Lockdown Security Solutions seeing a noticeable increase in sales and demand. The business reports alarms, CCTV and intercoms as being the most popular items for installation under the rebate scheme.


    Lockdown Security Solutions was established more than 25 years ago and employs local people in all areas of the business, including quoting, installation, administration and finance. Lockdown Security Solutions was also the overall winner in the 2020 Alcoa Peel Business Excellence Awards.


    The Safety and Security Rebate enables WA Seniors Card members to claim up to $400 towards the purchase of eligible home security, fire safety or electrical safety items.


    The rebate was reintroduced in August 2021 after it was abolished by the previous Liberal-National Government in 2015.


    More than 11,000 claims have been paid to WA Seniors Card members under the scheme so far, with the payments made under the scheme recently passing the $4 million mark.


    More than $429,000 in rebate payments have been paid to 1,133 recipients residing in the City of Mandurah to date.


    The rebate can be claimed for the cost of purchasing equipment or installation by a licensed tradesperson for devices such as:

    • home alarms or CCTV systems;
    • security door screens;
    • deadlocks;
    • security window screens or window shutters;
    • security sensor light;
    • Wi-Fi or wired video doorbell;
    • mains-powered smoke alarm;
    • fire extinguishers;
    • fire blankets; and
    • repairs on eligible items listed above.

    To be claimed under the Safety and Security Rebate, items purchased must meet the relevant Australian Standards and any contracted installation work required must be carried out by a licensed business, such as a licensed electrical contractor or security agent who respectively employ licensed tradespersons.


    Many safety and security equipment suppliers also provide discounts to WA Seniors Card members. A list of suppliers providing discounts to WA Seniors Card holders is available here.


    Comments attributed to Small Business and Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch:


    "The McGowan Government's election commitment to reinstate the Safety and Security Rebate has proven very popular across the State, with the high demand for rebate applications far exceeding initial expectations.


    "As well as ensuring our WA seniors feel safe in their homes, the rebate scheme has the added benefit of bringing in new business and revenue for a number of small and medium businesses, including licensed trades and security equipment manufacturing companies.


    "Not only has the Safety and Security Rebate been an investment in keeping our seniors safe, it has been an investment in local businesses as well."


    Comments attributed to Dawesville MLA Lisa Munday:


    "The reinstatement of the $400 Safety and Security Rebate by the McGowan Labor Government has received an overwhelming response from constituents across all of Dawesville wanting to purchase various equipment through the rebate.


    "Dawesville has the highest number of seniors of any electorate in the State, with many choosing it as a place to retire, and I'm glad to be part of a government that is prioritising their safety and security as part of this program.


    "I would like to thank Minister Punch for taking the opportunity to be at Lockdown Security Solutions, and for his continued advocacy and efforts to keep our residents up-to-date and informed on this $12 million program."


    Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman:


    "It is great to hear that seniors are taking up the opportunity to upgrade their security through the McGowan Government's rebate.


    "Safety and security are important issues for locals and it's wonderful that everyone, bar the criminals, is benefiting."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900