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.


Pension card transition

AS the asset test parameters for the Age Pension and other payments will change on 1 January 2017, a reported 235,000 part pensioners will have their current pension reduced and 91,000 pensioners will no longer qualify for a pension. Those pensioners that drop off will be eligible for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC).

Read more: Pension card transition

Council rate rumblings

THE NSW Government has asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to review council rates. The review is not about how much they should be, but is a more fundamental review. This comes at a time that the NSW Government has moved to amalgamate councils.

Read more: Council rate rumblings

Banks skimping on pensioner accounts

THERE'S something sinister going on with the banks and deeming rates. In simple terms they're not honouring them, even on their pensioner accounts.

Read more: Banks skimping on pensioner accounts

GST hike taken off the table

IT was touted as the main dish on the Government's tax reform table but an increase to the GST has been sent back to the kitchen, never to return.

Read more: GST hike taken off the table

NSW Fire Levy to change

FROM 1 July 2017, the NSW Government will abolish the Emergency Services Levy on insurance policies and replace it with an Emergency Services Property Levy (ESPL).

Read more: NSW Fire Levy to change