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Cost and standard of living

Report

12 Oct 2017

This report shows that people struggle with planning for retirement because they often aren’t equipped to address complex questions. Analysis included in the report recommends targeted financial education, greater use of default features in private retirement plans, and ensuring that public...

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05 Sep 2017

This report focuses on changes in the CPI for Darwin across a range of key expenditure areas over the past year. It is important to note that CPI figures only reflect trends for capital cities and Australia as a whole, and cannot tell us about trends in price movement for states and territories...

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04 Sep 2017

This report explores some of the macro trends shaping social and economic inclusion in Australia, including workforce transitions and increasing wealth and income inequality. It considers the ways in which these trends impact on access to affordable energy supplies and participation in the...

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Research report

23 Aug 2017

The project was funded by the Australian Research Council under Linkage Project grant LP120200481, with additional cash and in-kind support provided by Catholic Social Services, Australia; United Voice (National Office); and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS). A budget standard...

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Briefing paper

15 Aug 2017

Conventional economic wisdom expects wage growth to respond in a certain manner to changes in other economic indicators (Table 1). Recent data indicates that wage growth is slowing despite a reasonably robust economy. This phenomenon is being observed in a number of developed countries,1 and has...

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Journal article

14 Aug 2017

New Zealand was once held up as a model of egalitarianism to other countries. Today New Zealand is far from being that leader, with high income and wealth inequality and an unacceptable level of family poverty and homelessness. Children are particularly affected, suffering the highest levels of...

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Report

13 Aug 2017

When competition was introduced into Victoria’s retail energy market in 2002, it was anticipated to generate consumer benefits through lower costs of supply and innovative product development. It was expected that low barriers to entry would attract new competitors and reduce the commercial...

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Report

09 Aug 2017

An emerging body of research shows people are making sacrifices to pay utility bills, including cutting back on food and going without heating, cooling or lighting. Echoing this research, VCOSS members had warned us people on low incomes were reducing energy and water use in ways most people...

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Audio interview

09 Aug 2017

Australia now has the world's highest electricity prices, so there's never been a better time to know exactly what you're paying and if you can get a cheaper deal.

But it's time consuming to sort through all the offers, and if you sign up to a short-term discount, you may not realise when...

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Audio interview

09 Aug 2017

A growing topic in the media revolves around the ever growing energy costs, and it’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.

Though recent research has suggested that low-energy homes can not only save you money, but most importantly they can increase people’s quality of life .

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Report

16 Jun 2017

Though we sometimes don’t think about it; energy, particularly electricity, is essential to our daily lives. Access to this service underpins our health, wellbeing and general quality of life. But increasingly many households across our state are struggling to afford its high and growing cost....

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Article

26 May 2017

New South Wales households looking to reduce their energy bills by using power at off-peak times may want to think again, as research from Canstar Blue suggests that time of use electricity tariffs could prove a costly mistake.

With more and more households across the state able to access...

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Fact sheet

24 May 2017

This information sheet provides a snapshot of Australian households’ spending on owning and operating vehicles, based on the latest (2009‒10) data from the ABS Household Expenditure Survey (HES).It details the composition of that expenditure, including the split between fixed and variable costs...

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Policy report

22 May 2017

After the Premier’s invitation and following a meeting with her, I agreed to:

  • Engage with the relevant officials to understand and evaluate their work and housing affordability policy proposals, as an independent and outside ‘additional pair of eyes’.
  • Give the Premier my
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Research report

15 Apr 2017

Australian households have faced sharp increases in energy prices over the past decade. Household water bills have also increased. Higher numbers of households are experiencing electricity and/or gas disconnections due to non-payment of bills and joining energy retailer hardship programs to...

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Conference paper

17 Feb 2017

In the move toward low carbon living, the challenges faced by lower income groups are often overlooked. Recent rises in electricity costs disproportionate to income make this a more critical issue. Based on findings from focus group discussions with 164 lower income households and 18...

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Conference paper

16 Feb 2017

Affordable housing locations in metropolitan cities are usually assessed by rental cost or mortgage payment relative to income. Affordable housing locations are also influenced by locational characteristics such as distance from public transportation, service centres, city centre and employment...

Research report

24 Jan 2017

Rates middle-income housing affordability using the “Median Multiple,” which is the median house price divided by the median household income.

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The 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey covers 406 metropolitan housing...

Research report

22 Dec 2016

Recent evidence suggests households exposed to unaffordable housing include children, young people and their families. We know remarkably little, however, about the magnitude of this problem, and are only beginning to understand some of the ways these trends affect the childhoods and...

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Research report

22 Dec 2016

Many households exposed to unaffordable housing include dependent children and young people (Rowley and Ong 2012; Stone et al 2013). We know remarkably little, however, about the magnitude of this problem, and are only beginning to understand some of the ways these trends affect the...

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