Cost of living pressures including power prices have been largely ignored in the West Australian election campaign, a group representing the non-government community services sector says.
The Labor opposition has proposed scrapping the Tariff Equalisation Contribution levy, which subsidises electricity consumers in some regional areas of the state, to cut household power bills by seven per cent or $111 per year on average.
But the incumbent Liberals have dismissed the plan as "cost shifting".
Labor has also promised to restore the Waterwise efficiency rebates program, and both parties have pledged to address the housing crisis as some 50,000 people languish on the public housing waiting list.
WA Council of Social Services (WACOSS) chief executive Irina Cattalini said the cost of living was a key issue for voters in Saturday's election but a clear strategy to tackle high energy prices for families in financial hardship had not yet been seen.
WACOSS believes removing the TEC levy is a good idea but also says all households across the state should pay the same price for electricity.
But WA Energy Minister Peter Collier is against scrapping the levy, saying the taxpayer would foot the bill of subsidies to the tune of several hundred million dollars.
WACOSS suggests the introduction of a 15 per cent concessional energy tariff for low income households and a targeted energy efficiency program for those in financial hardship.
Ms Cattalini said an increasing number of families that were unable to pay their power bills were seeking support from WACOSS' members.
"Those hardest hit are often households in old and inefficient rental or public housing, who are stuck with high energy use and are excluded from energy efficiency measures," she said.