What is this study about?
This study investigated the impacts for low-income households from paying higher energy prices. Why? Until now there has been no Australian research which presents a comprehensive picture of the pressures and circumstances of low-income households following the substantial increases in electricity and gas prices in recent years.
The findings of this study will be used to recommend policies to improve the circumstances of low-income Australian households.
The study was undertaken by Dr Lynne Chester, a researcher from The University of Sydney.
Australian household energy use has increased substantially in the last 10 years. Electricity and gas prices have also increased substantially in recent years. Further increases in energy prices are forecast.
This study sought information, through an online survey, focus groups and interviews, about the circumstances of low-income households as they pay rising electricity and gas bills, the amounts of income needed to pay energy bills, and the relationship between energy use and housing conditions.