A summary of cost of living changes in the September Quarter which shows that taxes were not a significant driver of cost of living pressures.
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No.24, Sept Qtr 2015: Taxes
Demand Tariffs in South Australia: Report of Consumer Consultations
In early October SACOSS held a series of face to face consultations with consumers and consumer representatives to consider SA Power Networks’ (SAPN) proposed demand tariffs. The aim of these consultations was to inform consumers of the proposed changes and to document their response. These consultations were supplemented by telephone interviews with business consumer
Anti-Poverty Week Statement 2015
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No.23, June Qtr 2015
A summary of cost of living changes in the June Quarter with relatively low price increases and a generally better quarter for vulnerable and disadvantaged people. There is no feature article in this issue.
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Independence in the Not-for-Profit Sector
Independence in the Not-for-Profit Sector is a joint ACTCOSS and SACOSS report. It sets out the findings of a research project investigating the meaning of independence in the community not-for-profit (NFP) sector. While frequently independence is a central concept in debate on the NFP sector, the meaning of independence is taken for granted.
State of the South Australian Retail Energy Market
State of the South Australian Retail Energy Market 2014 - A review of retail price deregulation in SA from the perspective of household consumers.
The State of the Energy Market Report is published by SACOSS annually with the 2014 report as the second edition. The purpose of this report is to highlight issues in the retail market that impact on consumers and to provide an overview of the information consumers need to make financially sound decisions regarding retail energy contracts.
Market Power Update Report - A SACOSS Energy Briefing Paper
South Australian households spend over a billion dollars each year on electricity. The 2-year price freeze negotiated with incumbent electricity supplier AGL by the South Australian Government as part of price deregulation in SA expired on February 1st 2015. South Australians are now solely reliant on a competitive electricity market to contain prices.
No.22, March Qtr 2015: Telecommunications
A summary of cost of living changes in the March Quarter with relatively low price increases and a generally better quarter for vulnerable and disadvantaged people. This issue contains a feature on telecommunications and argues that telecommunications expenditure is essential, significant and regressive and that a re-think of telecommunications concessions is required.
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SACOSS Smart Meters Master Class - Unlocking the Potential Post-workshop Report
With the introduction of smart meters firmly on the Australian regulatory and policy making agenda SACOSS believes it is imperative consumers have access to accurate and relevant information in order to make sound decisions regarding the metering mechanisms of their energy supply.
In line with this thinking SACOSS hosted a Smart Meters Master Class in December 2014 with the purpose of bringing together senior energy advocates and topic experts from the energy industry to discuss the pertinent benefits and issues of smart meter technology.
Justice or an Unjust System? Aboriginal over-representation in South Australia’s juvenile justice system
Twenty-times more likely to be imprisoned than the non-Aboriginal population and making up 46% of the young people in SA's detention centres, this report highlights the problem of over-representation of Aboriginal young people in this state's juvenile justice system. The report recommends a new approach to engage Aboriginal people at all levels in the justice system, with a formally negotiated Indigenous Justice Agreement as a first step.