Australian electricity prices have been rising over and above inflation since 2007. At the same time, electricity disconnection rates and energy hardship have increased as households on low and fixed incomes struggle to cope with bigger bills. These households have been hit particularly hard as they spend a larger proportion of their income on energy than do wealthier households.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is seeking:
- meaningful reforms of the national energy market to ensure more efficient spending on the electricity network and promote energy affordability for low income and vulnerable consumers;
- assistance for low income and vulnerable households to improve the energy efficiency of their homes;
- a comprehensive concessions framework and robust protection for consumers, particularly low income and vulnerable households.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is undertaking research, engaging with the Australian Energy Regulator, the federal and state governments, and consumer groups, and working with key partners to secure energy affordability and sustainability for low-income and vulnerable Australians.
Some of our projects are listed below, with more on our work available at Research: Energy Affordability.
In this workshop hosted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Monash Sustainability Institute on 7 April 2014, participants discussed the benefits and potential pitfalls of smart demand. More »
The Brotherhood of St Laurence, CHOICE and the Energy Efficiency Council all have the goal of improving the affordability of energy services. These three groups commissioned Essential Research to undertake a survey on energy affordability, building on work carried out by CHOICE in 2012. More »
The Brotherhood has joined the Australian Industry Group, CHOICE and the Energy Efficiency Council to seek decisive reforms to fix the electricity system and ease the burden on households and businesses. More »