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Cost of Living Updates

No. 52, December Quarter 2022 - CPI Snapshot

25 January 2023

Download the Snapshot of CPI data for the September Quarter.

The SACOSS Cost of Living Update on rental affordability in Adelaide will be uploaded with the final data is available.

No. 51, September Quarter 2022 - CPI Snapshot

30 October 2022

Download the Snapshot of CPI data for the September Quarter.

No. 50, June Quarter 2022 - Rental Affordability in Regional SA

21 October 2022

This report focuses on rental affordability in regional South Australia and is the latest in a series of SACOSS Cost of Living Updates tracking changes in living costs for South Australians on low incomes and/or experiencing disadvantage. The evidence in this report clearly shows that, while there are fewer rental households in regional South Australia than in Adelaide, and that regional rental prices are generally lower than in the capital, there are still significant problems with rental affordability in regional areas.

No. 49, December Quarter 2021 - Rental Affordability

22 February 2022

This Cost of Living Update highlights problems of rental affordability in South Australia.

Drawing on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the South Australian government, the report shows that the increasing cost of renting has coincided with a decline in the provision of public housing and concludes that greater investment in public housing will boost supply and help all renters.

No.48, September Quarter 2021

13 October 2021

SACOSS did not publish a Cost of Living Update for this quarter. The next Cost of Living Update in the series is Cost of Living Update No. 49, for the December quarter 2021.

 

No. 47, June Quarter 2021 - Summary

21 August 2021

This Update contains a summary of cost of living changes for different households in the June Quarter showing the impact of significant jumps in inflation, and the loss of the Coronavirus Supplement for many social security recipients. There was no special issue focus in this Update.

Download No.47, June Quarter 2021 - Summary

No.46, March Quarter 2021 - JobSeeker

8 May 2021

The data in this report shows the inadequacy of the recent $25 per week rise in the base rate of JobSeeker. Around one-third of the increase simply addressed the problem of inadequate indexation and the payment remains well below the poverty line.

No.45, December Quarter 2020 - Summary

3 February 2021

This Update contains a summary of cost of living changes for different households in the December Quarter showing that last quarter's low inflation flowed through to only minor increases in the cost of living for age pensioners (in particular) and other social security recipients - although the situation may have been different for renters. There was no special issue focus in this Update.

No.44, September Quarter 2020 - Telecommunications

7 November 2020

This Update contains a summary of cost of living changes for different households in the September Quarter showing that last quarter's anomalous deflation had disappeared, but payments to age pensioners and other social security recipients covered cost increases this quarter (although the cut to the Coronavirus Supplement would have significant impacts for many households). This report also contains a special feature summarising the South Australian telecommunications affordability data from the recently released Australian Digital Inclusion Index. 

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.