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.


CPSA calls for an Internet Supplement

Services like Centrelink and Medicare have achieved huge cost savings by moving online. However, accessing services online comes at a cost to pensioners and other low income households. The creation of an Internet Supplement would help pensioners keep up in a digital world.

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Labor to reinstate energy supplement if scrapped

Federal Labor has made a pre-election promise to reinstate the Energy Supplement if the Australian Parliament votes to scrap it.

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Consumer watchdog shows the way on electricity pricing

If the Australian Government adopts the recommendations of a recent report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), electricity prices might finally come down.

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Energy exit fees abolished – at last

Get ready to shop around because from 1 January 2018 energy retailers stopped charging most types of exit fees, also known as early termination fees.

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Energy bill relief package update

The NSW energy bill relief package promises some much needed help to pensioners and other low income households with the rising cost of energy.

Read more: Energy bill relief package update