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Our Energy Affordability campaign will work to cut energy bills for you and other older Australians.

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The issue

Higher energy prices are impacting older Australians including pensioners and those on fixed incomes.

What we're calling for

We're pushing the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and others for reforms to tackle the root causes of higher prices.

The benefit

We're working to cut your bills so energy prices are more affordable for older Australians.

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About the issue

​What’s is the Energy Supplement

  • Electricity and gas prices have increased excessively over the past 10 years. The Energy Supplement is critical to help pensioners cope with rising energy costs.  
  • The Energy Supplement for a single pensioner is worth $366.60 per year and $550 per year for a couple combined. Inflation means the value of the Energy Supplement is declining. The Energy Supplement used to be indexed so that inflation would not erode its value.
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Higher energy prices impact hardest on those least able to afford them. Pensioners, and those on fixed incomes, find it hard to cope with rapid bill increases. 

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), “a severe affordability problem” has developed over the past ten years placing business and consumers under “unacceptable pressure”.

Our Energy Affordability campaign is working to cut your bills. We have been pushing the ACCC and others for reforms to tackle the root causes of higher prices.

Our priorities

Priority 1: Push government to create a default market offer with a regulated price for electricity, as recommended by the ACCC

In 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released a landmark report on retail electricity prices, which recommended standing offers be replaced by a default market offer with basic protections for consumers such as simple pricing, minimum payback periods access to bill smoothing, and access to paper billing​ and a maximum price set by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). This recommendation would be ideal for QLD, NSW, SA and ACT where prices have been deregulated. We're calling on governments to accept the recommendation.

Priority 2: Retain the energy supplement and link rate to changes in the cost of energy

We are fighting to reinstate fair indexation to ensure it adequately compensates low-income households. If prices go up, the supplement should go up. This will ensure the supplement is adequate over time and that government continues to play an active role in reducing energy costs.

ACCC Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry

Submission to the ACCC Inquiry into retail electricity prices and supply

National Seniors believes that older consumers are right to be wary of the benefits and costs of market offers as they are currently regulated.

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Support our push to make sure the Energy Supplement increases in line with the rising cost of energy. National Seniors calls on all politicians to support indexing the Energy Supplement in line with the energy component of CPI.

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