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Energy, Water and Climate Change

SACOSS has a long-standing interest in the delivery of essential services. Our research shows the cost of basic necessities like electricity and water impacts greatly and disproportionately on vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians.​  It is vital to ensure access to these services at the lowest possible cost for all consumers, and particularly the most vulnerable.

Over the last 12 months, SACOSS' water research has focused on the specific water supply issues and challenges facing regional and remote communities. SACOSS is now calling for the State Government to undertake a state-wide stocktake of water services in those communities, and to commit to developing a basic level of service for all South Australian towns and communities.

As part of our Water Policy Package, SACOSS is also calling for:

SACOSS has recently undertaken research on access to energy efficiency for low-income renters in South Australia. In 2021, as part of our Energy Policy Package, SACOSS is calling for:

SACOSS' campaign work on Energy, Water and Climate Change seeks to address the key goals of access, affordability and strengthening consumer protections for vulnerable South Australians by:  

  • influencing government and businesses in their decision making across the value chain – wholesale, networks and retail
  • identifying systemic issues and advocating for policy change and improved consumer protections 
  • engaging South Australian community members in conversations about the decisions that most impact them
  • contributing to national conversations - including through the SACOSS hosted National Consumer Roundtable on Energy and the Annual SACOSS Conference on Energy, Water and Telecommunications.

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