City of Karratha

Security Subsidy Scheme

The City of Karratha, through the Safer Communities Partnership, delivers a program to help improve security in and around the home. The City of Karratha will provide a subsidy of up to $500 towards the costs of installing a security alarm system, a CCTV system or sensor security lighting.
To qualify for the security subsidy, the following conditions apply:
  • All tenants and owners of residential properties within the City of Karratha are eligible
  • If you are a tenant, the property owner must approve the installation of the product/s
  • The subsidy amount is up to 50% of the total cost of the products and installation to a maximum of $500 per property
  • Any applications received prior to 28 October 2019 are not eligible for retrospective gap payments
  • Single applications can be made to meet the $500 threshold with any one or combination of approved security products 
  • You can submit subsequent applications for additional approved security products, however the new payment amount will be based on the reimbursement amount of previous applications to ensure the $500 threshold is not exceeded
  • Application for the subsidy can only be made after the products have been installed and payment finalised
  • All products must be purchased and installed (if applicable) by a City of Karratha based supplier
  • Wireless and hardwired security products are eligible for the subsidy 
  • A licensed electrician must install all hardwired sensor security lighting systems  
  • You do not need to use a licensed security installer to install CCTV and security alarms if you will be completing the installation yourself
  • If you are engaging (paying) a contractor to install the CCTV or security alarm system, that contractor must be a licensed security installer as outlined in the Security and Related Activities (Control) Act 1996. For a list of licensed security installers visit: https://goo.gl/7JQBsu
  • Where CCTV is installed, the system must be registered on the WA Police State CCTV Register. To register visit: www.wastatecctv.com.au
  • Products purchased and installed prior to 1 March 2019 are ineligible.

To ensure your claim is processed as quickly as possible, the following must be completed and submitted altogether:

  • Application form (click here to download the application form)
  • Consent from property owner (if required)
  • Receipt/s from local supplier/s for supply and installation (if applicable) of the product/s
  • Proof of registration with State CCTV Register (CCTV only)

To return your claim:

In person: City of Karratha Administration Building on Welcome Road
Email: enquiries@karratha.wa.gov.au 
Post: Community Safety, City of Karratha, PO Box 219, Karratha, WA 6714


Frequently asked questions:

  • Why do I have to purchase approved products from local suppliers within the City of Karratha, I can get them cheaper online?
    The City of Karratha supports small business by providing further business opportunities for local traders and encouraging the community to buy local is one way of doing this.
  • What if a local supplier has sold out of a product or doesn’t have the product I want, can I then go buy it online or from someone in Perth of somewhere else?
    All approved products need to be purchased locally. The local supplier can source the product from wherever they like, so long as you are paying the local supplier.
  • If I hardwire an approved product at my residence and I am a tenant (not the owner), can I remove the product and take it with me when I move out?
    Generally no, however, this will need to be negotiated between yourself, the home owner and Property Manager.
  • If the product I install is wireless, can I remove the product and take it with me when I move out?
    Generally yes, you own the product. Provided you have not made any structural or aesthetic changes to the building ( eg drilled holes in walls/ceilings ), in which case you would need to repair/replace. It is best to discuss this with the home owner and property manager beforehand.
  • It doesn’t seem fair that I submitted a claim when the subsidy amount was only $200. Can I now resubmit my application to claim the new $500 amount?
    No, the changes were introduced after seeking feedback from the community over the past six months to ensure the scheme is as effective as possible. Unfortunately no retrospective payments are possible.
  • When the subsidy was $200, I installed an approved product and received the maximum $200. Can I now buy additional approved products and make more claims?
    Yes, you can submit subsequent applications for additional approved security products, however the new payment amount will be based on the reimbursement amount of previous application up to the $500 threshold. If you’ve previously claimed $200, you could still claim up to a further $300 on other products.
  • I would like to purchase a CCTV system and alarm system. Does that mean I can claim up to $500 per system ?
    No, the maximum amount you can claim in total for all products combined is $500, regardless of whether it is a single product (system) or combination of products.
  • I’m a pretty good handyman, can I install the CCTV or alarm system myself?
    Yes, on the provison that you don’t need to alter electrical wiring or power supply. If you do, you will need to use a licensed electrician for any electrical works.  
  • I’m a pretty good handyman, can I install the hardwired sensor lights myself?
    No, a licensed electrician must install all hardwired sensor security lighting systems.
  • I’m thinking about paying an electrician to install a CCTV and alarm system. My friend is an electrician, can I use him?
    If you are engaging (paying) a contractor to install the CCTV or security alarm system, that contractor must be a licensed security installer as outlined in the Security and Related Activities (Control) Act 1996.
  • Why do I need to register my CCTV with the Police?
    The State CCTV Register will assist WA Police to locate CCTV cameras more quickly during investigations and also help with the collection of CCTV evidence of offences. It may also be utilised by emergency services and public security organisations to help them to respond more effectively to emergency situations as they arise. To register: www.wastatecctv.com.au/Home/Default
  • I already have an old CCTV system installed, can I upgrade to newer cameras and claim the subsidy?
    Yes, provided all conditions are met.
  • I live in a company house that has 6 units on the same block. Can each of the units claim the $500 subsidy?
    No, only one claim is permissible for a single rateable property i.e. council rates are only paid on the one land parcel despite there being multiple dwellings on that parcel.
  • Can I use the subsidy to install CCTV cameras both inside and outside my home?
    Yes, there are no conditions preventing you from doing this.
  • I’ve just paid $600 for some security sensor lights, does that mean I can claim the full $500 subsidy? 
    No, you can claim up to 50% of the total cost of the products and installation, therefore your reimbursement would be $300. 
  • What brand of CCTV, alarms or security sensor light do you suggest I buy?
    That is entirely up to you the consumer as it allows you to have choice to fit with your budget. We can’t recommend one brand over the other.
  • Where can I buy security sensor lights, alarms and CCTV?
    That is entirely up to you the consumer. We can’t recommend one retailer over the other. There are a number of electrical and communications suppliers across the City of Karratha. Remember, the products must be purchased by a local based supplier.
  • What quality of CCTV camera should I buy?
    That’s entirely up to you depending on your budget. Keep in mind that the better the quality vision, the greater the chances are that police will be able to identify offenders and use that vision as evidence.