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.


Power prices up, concessions down

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending Carbon Tax Compensation) Bill 2017 is going to have a tough time passing in the Senate.

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One-off help with power bills

As a result of a deal in the Senate, single pensioners will receive a one-off energy assistance payment of $75. Couples will receive $125.

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NSW Fire Service Levy concession

Legislation for the NSW Fire Service Levy (FSL) is before the Parliament.

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Attention Solar Bonus Schemers!

THE Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is looking into the options available to NSW Solar Bonus Scheme (SBS) customers when this scheme closes on 31 December 2016.

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Electrifying sunshine

The NSW Solar Bonus Scheme has been closed to new entrants for some time. For the 146,000 households participating in the Solar Bonus Scheme the time has come to plan for beyond 31 December 2016, which is when the Solar Bonus Scheme ends.

Read more: Electrifying sunshine