House­hold fees and charges in­crease

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The State Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced a mod­est in­crease in the rep­re­sen­ta­tive bas­ket of house­hold fees and charges of 2.9 per cent, ex­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the $99 fee for WA’s ex­panded catastrophic in­juries scheme.

Trea­surer Mike Na­han said the Gov­ern­ment had been de­ter­mined to keep rises in gen­eral house­hold fees and charges as low as pos­si­ble in a year when the new scheme was in­tro­duced.

In 2016-17, elec­tric­ity charges for the av­er­age house­holder will rise by 3 per cent and wa­ter charges by 4.5 per cent, but there will be no in­creases in stamp du­ties on stan­dard driver’s li­cences.

Stan­dard mo­tor ve­hi­cle li­cences will go up by 2.5 per cent, as will stan­dard third party in­sur­ance costs.

Premier Colin Bar­nett said the Gov­ern­ment would keep its elec­tion com­mit­ment to raise the tax-free thresh­old for pay­roll tax from $800,000 to $850,000.

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