Cost and standard of living

Alternate Term Label:
Cost of living
Household expenses
Living standards
Standard of living
Briefing paper

Policy responses to food insecurity in remote Indigenous communities: social security, store pricing and Indigenous food sovereignty

This paper outlines policy options to respond to the increasing prevalence of remote Indigenous food insecurity.
Working paper

Affordability of communications services for low income households

In 2017, the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research found that the affordability of communications services in Australia had improved overall. In general, consumers were getting better value as prices stayed the same or fell, while product inclusions (such as data) increased. This paper updates...

Survey of 955 people receiving the new rate of JobSeeker and other allowances

This survey explores how the new rate of JobSeeker and other allowances has affected people’s ability to cover essential costs like housing, bills, food, medicine and other vital expenses. The survey also explores how people feel about the federal government’s plan to return income support...

Globalisation and labour productivity in the OECD: what are the implications for post-pandemic recovery and resilience?

The findings of the report can be used to measure the cost to labour productivity and living standards from the COVID-19 de-globalisation shock, as well as the costs and benefits of post-pandemic policy responses aimed at either decreasing or increasing international connectedness.

The state of Indonesian food security and nutrition

Despite impressive economic growth and poverty reduction, Indonesia’s food security still faces significant difficulties. To overcome these difficulties, policies that support rural development, improve agricultural incomes, lower food prices, increase nutritional diversity and encourage healthier eating patterns will be required.

Poverty in Australia 2020 - part 1: overview

This publication continues efforts by the ACOSS/UNSW Sydney Poverty and Inequality Partnership to fill the knowledge gap about the prevalence and profile of poverty in Australia. Utilising the latest data available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), it paints a picture of entrenched and...

Social (in)security: reforming the UK’s social safety net

This is the first of several papers from the Institute for Public Policy Research's (IPPR’s) Fairer Welfare programme which will answer the question: ‘what succeeds universal credit?’ This paper argues for greater investment in the social security system and for social security payments to be...
Journal article

A fresh look at contemporary perspectives on urban housing affordability

This article highlights the challenges for urban policy in adopting and adapting, rather than rejecting, a multi-dimensional concept of housing affordability and consequently, the importance of new ways of measuring urban housing affordability.

The impact of inadequate income support payments on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has developed this submission with input from two of our affiliates—Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) and Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA). A full list of recommendations is presented at the end of this submission.
Working paper

Reclaiming social security for a just future: a principled approach to reform

Australia’s current social security system is ill equipped to respond to the technological, demographic, environmental and geopolitical challenges the country faces. In this paper, the authors propose five indivisible principles to underpin Australia’s social security system, so that it contributes to a just, fair and...