News tagged with Cost of living

2017 State Election Priorities

Making Queensland Age-Friendly

2017 COTA Queensland State Election Priorities

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland is the peak body for Queensland seniors, advancing the rights, needs and futures of older Queenslanders since 1957.

COTA Queensland aims to help create a more just, equitable and caring community in which older people are actively involved and have access to appropriate support, services and care. These principles are consistent with the World Health Organisation (WHO) age-friendly communities approach.

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COTA Energy Advocacy Project – Ensuring older Australians have a strong voice

 

The COTA Energy Advocacy Project is a project involving COTA organisations in each of the National Energy Market jurisdictions. It aims to contribute to a better deal for older energy consumers by developing and supporting a knowledgeable group of energy advocates who can represent the views, experiences and needs of older Australians in formal consumer forums. The national project was funded by a grant provided by Energy Consumers Australia. ...

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Anti-Poverty Week 2017

 

Join in Anti-Poverty Week 15 – 21 October 2017

Anti-Poverty Week in 2017 starts on Sunday 15 October and ends on Saturday 21 October. The UN’s International Anti-Poverty Day is 17 October.

The Week focuses on poverty around the world, especially in the poorest countries but also in wealthier countries such as Australia. Its main aims are to

  • strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and within Australia;
  • encourage research, discussion and
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Changes to Credit, Debit and Prepaid Card Surcharges

 

As of 1 September, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has banned excessive surcharges on customers making payments using a credit, debit or prepaid credit card.

When you pay a business using these types of payments the businesses incur a cost to process your payment.  Some businesses include these prices into the cost of the product or service. Others pass the surcharge cost along to you.

Businesses are not required to impose a surcharge but if they do … Read the rest

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Energy Made Easy can help you beat bigger bills

Energy is a significant cost for many households and small businesses and recent price increases have added to these costs.

It’s not welcome news but there are things you can do to lessen the impact of those price rises. If you haven’t switched energy providers in some time, or if you are still on a standing offer, chances are you are paying more for electricity or gas than you need to. There are lower price energy plans available and the … Read the rest

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How to Reduce Electricity Usage to Save on Your Bills

Making small changes to your electricity usage can help reduce your electricity bill and it is good for the environment too.  ...

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Switched on Seniors – Public Sessions

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The laws around electricity pricing have changed. Energy retailers in Southeast Queensland can now decide how much to charge customers for their electricity. This could bring changes to the way electricity is charged on existing contracts however, this competitive pricing also brings new opportunities to reduce energy bills.

To help understand these changes, COTA Queensland is hosting three public sessions on the Gold Coast

At this interactive, hour long session, participants will be provided with information to:

  • better understand their
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Help available to find better electricity deals for those in need

Vulnerable electricity consumers in South-East Queensland now have access to a range of assistance programs to help them to shop around and save on their electricity bill thanks to funding from electricity retailer AGL.

Minister for Energy Mark Bailey said that as part of the transition to a deregulated retail electricity price market in South-East Queensland, electricity retailer AGL has provided $500,000 of funding through its Switched On Communities program to eight organisations, including COTA Queensland, to support vulnerable … Read the rest

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The cost of living and age pensioner households issue 4

Queensland couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty compared to other seniors, according to the Queensland Council of Social Service’s (QCOSS) latest Cost of Living Report.

QCOSS’ fourth Cost of Living Report – Special Edition: The cost of living and age pensioner households was released today as part of the Queensland Government’s Seniors Week, and draws attention to one of the biggest issues facing … Read the rest

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Life Support and electricity – have a plan

Source: Australian Energy Regulator (AER)   

Do you need the power on all the time for medical equipment? 

Your power can go out unexpectedly…you need to be ready and have a plan

Registering as a life support customer with your energy company is important. It means that if they are planning to cut off the power for works or some other reason, they will tell you before it happens so you can make other arrangements to power your equipment until the … Read the rest

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