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Question Without Notice No. 1136 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 October 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

WATER CORPORATION — SUBSIDIES

1136. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Treasurer:

(1) What is the total amount in subsidies received by the Water Corporation from the WA government?

(2) Is it true that an amount previously allocated under the royalties for regions scheme—around $1.1 billion—has been repurposed as a subsidy to the Water Corporation?

(3) How much of a discount do members of the WA public receive on their water bills as a result of the Water Corporation's subsidies?

(4) If the subsidies to the Water Corporation were not in place, how much more would members of the public pay on their water bills?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided by the Treasurer.

(1) As published in the 2019–20 budget paper No 3, the Water Corporation will receive $452.7 million in operating subsidies from the WA government in 2019–20.

(2) Over the forward estimates period, a total of $1.147 billion is allocated to the country water pricing subsidy, of which the royalties for regions program funds $1.058 billion, as published in budget paper No 3.

(3) A total of $452.7 million in 2019–20, as referenced in part (1). However, individual discounts will vary based on concession eligibility, services consumed and customer location.

(4) A total of $452.7 million in 2019–20, as referenced in part (1). However, individual bill increases will be dependent on concession eligibility, services consumed and customer location.