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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 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.

Achieving Water Security for Sustainable Farming Families and Communities Project

1 April 2019

Researchers from UniSA undertook research to improve the sustainability of SA's farming families by delivering guidance on enhancing policy elements for safe and sustainable water storage in an important but often overlooked asset in SA's rural landscape - farm dams. 

The following report presents the results of three phases of research that develops and tests a Water Equity Typology (WET) Model for South Australian to better understand decision making and behaviour of farmers with respect to their dams. 

Multicultural South Australian Water Consumer Project

5 December 2018

Colmar Brunton conducted 40 in-depth interviews with water consumers from across metropolitan and regional South Australia to document the particular issues arising for SA consumers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, in respect to the use, cost, quality and access to water in order to better understand, support and service their needs.

This project was funded under the Consumer Advocacy Research Fund (CARF).