ACOSS’ interest in energy markets, carbon reduction and energy efficiency is primarily the result of our interest in matters affecting low income and disadvantaged people in Australia.  Electricity is an essential service and should be supplied equitably, affordably, reliably and sustainably.

ACOSS has been active since 2006 as an advocate on behalf of low income and disadvantaged consumers in development and reform of the national energy market.

Energy & Low Income Households 

People living on low incomes are experiencing significant pressures as a result of substantial increases in the cost of electricity, without a concomitant increase in income.  Low income people are most likely to live in poorly-insulated and inefficient rental accommodation, and spend a higher proportion of their income on energy, water and fuel than others.  They are least able to respond to increases in prices and to invest in more efficient homes.  Given that energy is an essential service, energy price rises leave the most vulnerable households with little option but to pay the extra.