This research note summarises the methods and results of an analysis of household energy costs for Australia. Energy costs have increased sharply in recent years placing an increasing burden on household living costs. This paper does not attempt to explain the industry drivers of cost increases.
This modelling here is based on a relatively simple analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Household Expenditure Survey from 2009-10. This data is now quite out of date and the estimates have been updated to 2016 (December) levels. For comparison purposes we have also back-casted to 2006 using the same methodology.