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No. 36, September Qtr 2018: Petrol

22 November 2018

Summary of cost of living changes in the September Quarter 2018. This Update features an in-depth look at petrol costs. It also looks at affordability, particularly for low income households and regional consumers.  CPI figures show that over the last year petrol prices went up by 19.2% in Adelaide, and by around 30% over the two years combined. However, the broader picture of petrol prices is more nuanced. 

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Consumer Engagement and Regulatory Determinations: Report on a 2018 United Kingdom Study Tour

5 October 2018

Consumer Engagement and Regulatory Determinations: Report on a 2018 United Kingdom Study Tour

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No. 35, June Qtr 2018: Newstart

6 August 2018

Summary of cost of living changes in the June Quarter 2018. This Update features an in depth look at the cost of living for those on Newstart and other base level social security payments, including budgets from 5 social security recipients. The statistical analysis shows the value of Newstart has declined over 20 years, both in real terms and in comparison with the income of most households in South Australia, while the budgets show how difficult (impossible) it is to make ends meets on Newstart.

SACOSS State Budget 2018-19

30 July 2018

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Download our analysis of the 2018-19 SA State Budget in the SACOSS Budget Snapshot

Effectiveness of Supports for Customers Experiencing Payment Difficulties: strengthening protections for customers under the NECF

30 June 2018

Effectiveness of Supports for Customers Experiencing Payment Difficulties: strengthening protections for customers under the NECF

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South Australian Water Concessions: Relative Values and Impact of Housing Tenure

26 June 2018

South Australian Water Concessions: Relative Values and Impact of Housing Tenure

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No. 34, March Qtr 2018: Summary

2 May 2018

Summary of cost of living changes for the December Quarter. There is no special feature in this Update, but the summary figures do show that a single person with two children on Newstart would be $7.94 per week worse off than they were at the same time last year. 

No. 33, December Qtr 2017: Telecommunications

12 February 2018

Summary of cost of living changes for the December Quarter, with a special feature looking at telecommunication costs in South Australia. It is the first Cost of Living report to combine data from the Australian Digital Inclusion Index, the ABS 2015-16 Household Expenditure Survey and the Census. Beyond the surprise that South Australians spend more on telecommunications than energy, there are also big gaps between Adelaide and regional consumers.

No. 32, September Quarter 2017: Summary

1 November 2017

A summary of cost of living changes in the September Quarter. There is no special feature in this Update.

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Minor and Intermediate Retailers Research and Advocacy Project (SAFCA)

1 November 2017

Many South Australians receive their water and sewerage services from minor and intermediate size providers. These providers are mainly in regional South Australia, with approximately 5,700 customers receiving drinking water and 89,000 people serviced by either a Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS) or Septic Tank Effluent Drainage Service (STEDS).