Each year we work with thousands of Australians who are struggling to make ends meet. They are faced with decisions such as which bill is the most urgent to pay and which they can leave for another month.
Since 2008, the St Vincent de Paul Society has been reporting and analysing the rising costs of energy and has developed practical solutions while advocating for positive changes to be implemented by government, industry and energy market institutions.
Tariff-Tracking reports for ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS & VIC
Reports regarding the relative value of energy concessions for eligible cardholders within various States.
Electricity disconnections in the east coast of Australia.
The potential Relative Price Index impact on the lives of low-income families in our community.
A similar challenge exists for those that have home gas. This may see households switch to bio-gas or hydrogen or the phase out of gas appliances altogether as we electrify everything.
This is a once in a lifetime change in the energy systems. The St Vincent to Paul Society is deeply concerned and aims to make sure this transition is equitable, fair and nobody is left behind with this in mind.
We are following changes in Energy Tariffs and will continue to provide the best advice and solutions necessary to assist low-income households.
These national reports include summaries of our work with developed conclusions and recommendations regarding any adverse impacts to government and other concerned authorities.
It is our goal to bring issues impacting the lives of fellow Australians to the fore in the hope of finding solutions and working together as a whole to ensure a better life for all of us.
The St Vincent de Paul Society, in conjunction with Alviss Consulting, has been tracking changes to residential energy tariffs and reporting on household impacts since 2010. Initially the Tariff-Tracking project only covered Victoria but has since expanded to include New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.
This project compares the cost of various GreenPower products in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia and aims to assist consumers to make an informed choice when navigating various green electricity offers and when deciding whether to take up a GreenPower offer specifically.
The rationale for tracking changes to domestic energy prices has been to document price changes, analyse market developments and inform the broader community about bill impacts and potential savings to be made.