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.


Are concessions working for you?

ARE you eligible for a concession? Was it difficult to access? Does it provide adequate support, making an essential service affordable?

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“Freecall” numbers finally free for all calls

FINALLY, 1800 NUMBERS are soon to be free for all callers.

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“Poor people either don’t have cars or drive very far”

TREASURER Hockey’s claim that the “poorest people either don’t have cars or actually don’t drive very far in many cases” was met with a convoy of criticism, to the point that the Treasurer apologised for his ‘gaffe’ two days later.

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Pensioner concessions safe…for one year

THE NSW Government has confirmed that it will fill the hole in funding for pensioner concessions left by the Australian Government for one year only.

Read more: Pensioner concessions safe…for one year

Stay Connected: Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) Scheme

The EAPA scheme assists people experiencing a short term financial crisis or emergency to pay their electricity or gas bill. It is not available on an ongoing basis.

Read more: Stay Connected: Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) Scheme