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The Energy Project - Research report on community scale batteries and lower energy costs for consumers

8 July 2020

SACOSS engaged The Energy Project to understand under what economic and governance models community scale batteries may assist low income households to reduce electricity expenditure in rental or social housing settings, as well as assistance for communities rebuilding post bushfires.

Download: The Energy Project - Research report on community scale batteries and lower energy costs for consumers

Annual SACOSS Briefing to the Minister for Energy

1 July 2020

The Annual SACOSS Briefing to the Minister for Energy 2020 discusses historical and current issues related to wholesale costs on the National Electricity Market (NEM), as these are a significant contribution to electricity prices in SA. Between 2017 and 2019 the majority of tariff increases in SA were attributed to wholesale electricity costs. This briefing also discusses some of the changes and impacts COVID-19 has had for energy demand and affordability.

Scoping Study on Water Issues in Remote Aboriginal Communities

30 June 2020

SACOSS Scoping Study identifying some of the current key water issues affecting residents of Aboriginal communities in remote South Australia

Download: Scoping Study on Water Issues in Remote Aboriginal Communities

Connectivity Costs II: Telecommunications Affordability and Waged Poor Households

16 June 2020

This report follows our 2016 Connectivity Costs report which looked at telecommunications affordability for those primarily reliant on Centrelink incomes. This report focuses on telecommunications affordability for those households living below the poverty line but whose main source of income is wages. While many of the issues are the same, there are some specific challenges arising from waged poverty and also from specific employment-related issues.

No.42, March Quarter 2020 - COVID-19

6 May 2020

This report examines the impact of the summer’s bushfires and the coronavirus on SA households. The report shows how the coronavirus particularly has impacted differently on different households, including the fact that some households are likely to be financially better off. 

Download Cost of Living Update No.42, March Qtr 2020 - COVID-19

No. 41, December Quarter 2019 - Insurance

23 February 2020

In the wake of this summer's fires, hail storms and floods, the December 2019 report highlights the importance of insurance costs in household budgets, points to a long term trend of fast rising prices and raises concerns about the implications of lack of insurance for vulnerable households.

Download Cost of Living Update No. 41, December Qtr 2019 - Insurance
 

SACOSS State Budget Submission 2020-2021

22 January 2020

This budget submission, Our Vision: A Surplus of Opportunity for all South Australians, recommends 24 initiatives to the South Australian government for inclusion in its 2020-21 budget and in subsequent state budgets. The proposals aim to deliver opportunity, equality, justice and safety for all South Australians, both now and in the longer term.

Download SACOSS 2020-2021 State Budget Submission

No. 40, September Quarter 2019 - Summary

7 January 2020

Update provides a summary of cost of living changes in the September Quarter. This is a summary only and there is no special feature in this report, but it does show (again - and in spite of a lift of the freeze on Family Tax Benefits) that Newstart income has not kept up with the cost of living.

Working to Make Ends Meet: Low-income Workers and Energy Bill Stress

20 November 2019

Against a backdrop of increasing electricity prices, energy affordability has been an ongoing concern for many Australians. Historically, earning a living wage (particularly in a full-time permanent capacity) may have protected households from energy-related bill stress. However, this report shows this is no longer the case for many households – a fact which could challenge prevailing orthodoxy about who is in poverty.

No. 39, June Quarter 2019 - Summary

5 September 2019

Update provides a summary of cost of living changes in the June Quarter. This is a summary only and there is no special feature in this report, but it does note that this is the third financial year in a row where the Newstart income has not kept up with the cost of living.

Download: Cost of Living Update, No. 39, June Qtr 2019: Summary