Cost of Living

Quality of life is directly affected by an individual's ability to access essential goods and services in an affordable manner. Increases to the costs of essentials such as energy, water, communications and food have a disproportionately negative impact on pensioners and other low-income households as a greater proportion of their income is consumed in meeting these costs.

Read CPSA's full cost of living policy here.


NSW Energy Bill Relief Package: a much needed first step

The NSW Government energy bill relief package has come just in time for the many households receiving their first bill since the 20% energy price hike took effect in July.

Read more: NSW Energy Bill Relief Package: a much needed first step

Pensioner Concession Card reinstated

Just a reminder to those who lost their part pension on 1 January this year that you will get your Pensioner Concession Card back this month (9 October 2017).

Read more: Pensioner Concession Card reinstated

Energy: Buyer Beware

Ask anyone who pays an energy bill and they'll tell you there's something wrong, with the average energy bill having doubled in the last 10 years.

Read more: Energy: Buyer Beware

Dying remains an expensive business

Researchers at the University of Sydney have released a report on funeral pricing in response to ongoing complaints about exploitation and over-servicing.

Read more: Dying remains an expensive business

NSW Budget 2017-18 Analysis: Surplus hits $12BN, but pensioners miss out on help with energy bills

The NSW Government seems to be feeling pretty chuffed with itself after revealing a massive $12 billion budget surplus in the coming years at the 2017-18 NSW Budget, handed down in late June.

Read more: NSW Budget 2017-18 Analysis: Surplus hits $12BN, but pensioners miss out on help with energy bills

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