Cost of living pressures impact many Queenslanders, particularly those on low incomes who may be experiencing poverty and disadvantage.

The cost of essential services, such as electricity, water, telecommunications and public transport, has a significant impact on low-income households, who typically spend a higher proportion of their income on essentials.

QCOSS tracks the cost of living over time for a number of example households through our Cost of Living reports.

On these pages you will find information, factsheets, links and news items to assist you in helping your clients maintain access to affordable essential services, and keep you up-to-date on changes that may affect you or your clients. The information covers:

  • Financial and budgeting tips

  • Electricity and gas bills

  • Water costs

  • Transport information

  • Telecommunications information

  • Emergency relief

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The cost of basic necessities like electricity, gas and water impacts greatly and disproportionately on vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Energy and water affordability remains a persistent problem for many Australian households. The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) report...

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