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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.

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

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.

Purple Orange: Water Consumers Research Project 2 - High water needs of people living with disability and their families in South Australia

30 August 2019

Purple Orange: Water Consumers Research Project 2 - High water needs of people living with disability and their families in South Australia

Download: Purple Orange: Water Consumers Research Project 2 - High water needs of people living with disability and their families in South Australia

Annual SACOSS Briefing to the Minister for Human Services 2018-19: Water Pricing Issues Affecting South Australian Consumers

30 June 2019

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) is responsible for delivering the Consumer Advocacy and Research Fund (CARF) Program through the Department of Human Services. As part of the Service Agreement, SACOSS is required to provide an annual briefing to the Minister for Human Services (“Minister”) about water pricing issues affecting South Australian consumers. This briefing paper fulfills this requirement.

Annual SACOSS Briefing to the Minister for Energy 2018-19: Energy Pricing Issues Affecting South Australian Consumers

30 June 2019

As per the funding agreement with the Minister for Energy and Mining (“Minister”) for the Residential Energy Consumers Representation in Energy Regulatory Determinations, Policy Making and Market Monitoring/Development Project, SACOSS is required to provide an
annual briefing to the Minister about energy pricing issues that affect South Australian consumers. The briefing is to include provision of an ongoing comparison between South Australia and Victoria as a benchmarking tool. This paper fulfills this annual briefing output.