Energy Efficient Communities Program – Small Business Grants
The Energy Efficient Communities Program – Small Business Grants provides small businesses with grants of up to $20,000 to improve their energy efficiency. Grants may be used for equipment and component improvements, energy audits, feasibility studies and/or energy use and emission monitoring. Applications close 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time) on 26 August
Have your say – Rental Exit Survey
Shelter WA wants to hear from renters, landlords and property managers – to better understand why tenancies end. This is part of a national survey. Complete the survey online https://www.
Phone scams are on the rise
New scams are emerging with reports of telephone company impersonators offering discounts on bills due to COVID-19.
Help protect yourself from phone scams:
- Don’t answer if you don’t know who it is. Let the call go to voicemail first. If the caller leaves a number, check that it matches the one on their website
- Don’t reply or click on any links in text messages
- Don’t ever send money
- Don’t ever tell anyone your personal details—passwords or other sensitive information
- Don’t ever let someone take control of your computer
No-one is too smart to get scammed! Australians lost over $634 million to scams in 2019. If you think you’ve been scammed, tell your bank and phone company immediately. If you want some resources for Shed you can download posters and other educational tools at ACMA’s website: https://www.acma.gov.au/phone-
WA seniors to receive Cost of Living rebate payment
The WA Seniors Card program provides members across the State with access to an average of $650 in total value each year and more if they also hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card or Pensioner Concession Card.
Applying for the WA Seniors Card is free of charge and it is available to Australian citizens or permanent residents aged over 63, who reside in WA and work fewer than 25 hours a week.
Further details on eligibility, benefits and applications are available on the program’s website at https://www.seniorscard.wa.
The At Home Guide
The Council on the Ageing WA has developed a guide to support older Western Australians to live well. It is designed as an ongoing companion for seniors at home. It is available as an online 45-minute video or as a download. Get your copy at COTA’s website: http://www.cotawa.
Changes to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act
Changes to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 will give tenants who rent a site or a home in a residential park better clarity with contracts and costs as well as set new rules relating to terminations. Long-stay tenancies can involve living in a caravan, mobile home or park home located within a caravan park or lifestyle village. The Bill was passed by Parliament on 25 June 2020. It is estimated that at least six to 12 months will be required to develop the regulations required before the changes to the laws can commence.More information is available on the WA Government’s website https://www.commerce.
Suicide prevention 2020
Around one person loses their life to suicide every day in WA. Suicide Prevention 2020: Together we can save lives aims to reduce the number of suicides in WA by 50 per cent over the next decade. Suicide Prevention 2020 is available on the Mental Health Commission’s website https://www.mhc.wa.gov.au/
Commonwealth Home Support information
Access the new Department of Health factsheet for families and carers providing information on accessing services. www.cotawa.org.au/CHSPC19
Covid-19 WA Restrictions roadmap – Phase 5 delayed
Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap, due to be implemented this past Saturday has been pushed back. The new tentative date for Phase 5 will now be Saturday, 29 August.