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.


Saving energy tips and tricks

Electricity prices in Australia have doubled in the last ten years and are causing considerable financial stress for the majority of consumers. 

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Free hearing tests and subsidised hearing aids

Optical giant Specsavers has announced it will move into the hearing space, offering subsidised hearing services through the Australian Government's Hearing Services Program. This announcement has prompted the question, how does one access subsidised hearing services in the first place?

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Smoke alarm subsidy for people with hearing impairment

It's a well-known fact that smoke alarms save lives, but what about people who cannot hear a standard smoke alarm?

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Energy rebates need reform says NSW Auditor-General

Energy affordability seems to be settling in as a long-term issue. But the question remains: Will the raft of energy rebates be able to protect the most vulnerable from the worst of it?

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Energy Supplement update

The Australian Government's plan to cut the Energy Supplement appears to be floundering in Parliament. 

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