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Paying to Work

15 September 2020

Paying to Work: Employment Issues in SACOSS’ Telecommunications Affordability and Waged Poor Households Report, points to the frequent use of personal telecommunications services and devices for work purposes – and subsequently to cost and fairness issues arising from that usage. These issues are particularly important given that, by definition, the workers concerned are living below the  poverty line.

National Consumer Roundtable on Energy Impact Statement - September 2019 to August 2020

15 September 2020

The National Consumer Roundtable on Energy (Roundtable) is an informal coalition of national and jurisdictional energy consumer advocates primarily focussed on policy dialogue and strategic collaboration. Established in 2004 with funding through Energy Consumers Australia (ECA), it is currently convened and coordinated by SACOSS and governed by a steering committee. This impact statement reports on the Roundtable's activities, outcomes and impacts over the period from September 2019 to August 2020.

Towards Equitable Access to Clean Water and Sanitation for All South Australians: SACOSS Discussion Paper

17 August 2020

Access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right, with Australia a signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. In a state with low and variable rainfall, South Australia faces particular challenges around managing a reliable and secure water supply. This discussion paper attempts to map existing water-related polices, monitoring frameworks and activities in South Australia to identify gaps and opportunities to deliver on SDG 6.

Connectivity Costs II: Telecommunications Affordability and Waged Poor Households

11 August 2020

Connectivity Costs II:  Telecommunications Affordability and Waged Poor Households

poor households can be defined as those living below the poverty line (50% of median equivalised household disposable income) whose main source of household income is wages and salaries. Previous SACOSS research using the 2015-16 ABS Household Expenditure Survey (HES) found that there were 249,818 waged poor households in Australia equating to 23.8% of households in poverty and accounting for 685,744 people.

Connectivity Costs II: Telecommunications Affordability and Waged Poor Households

11 August 2020

The Connectivity Costs II: Telecommunications Affordability and Waged Poor Households report follows our 2016 Connectivity Costs report which looked at telecommunications affordability for those primarily reliant on Centrelink incomes. This new report focuses on telecommunications affordability for those households living below the poverty line but whose main source of income is wages.

No.43, June Quarter 2020 - COVID-19

5 August 2020

This Update contains a summary of cost of living changes for different households in the June Quarter as the COVID-19 crisis hit. With a rare deflationary quarter, the cost of living story was entirely about income. Those who maintained their income would have found themselves better off financially, while those whose jobs disappeared or had hours reduced would obviously have struggled despite lower prices and ongoing consumer protections.

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 Human Services

2 July 2020

The Annual SACOSS Briefing to the Minister for Human Services 2020 discusses water pricing issues affecting South Australian consumers and discusses the outcome of the SA Water Regulatory Determination 2020-24, changes to the Water Retail Code - Major Retailers, water issues in remote Aboriginal communities, the impact of COVID-19, and cost of living issues.

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