Publication Format: Research

Cost of Living Index: Income Support, 2024

Anglicare Australia has released the Living Costs Index, an analysis which compares the incomes for three household types against essential living costs such as rent, food, and transport. This edition covers households on the minimum wage.

Back to basics: The unequal impacts of inflation on Australian households

Back to basics: The unequal impacts of inflation on Australian households shows that people on the lowest incomes are being hit the hardest by inflation. This is because the cost of essentials like rent, food, and electricity has shot up much faster than CPI. The report calls for an increase to JobSeeker, which has fallen well below living costs.

Repeat Failure: Why Australia’s workforce programs aren’t working

This report aims to understand whether existing Government approaches to employment, training and mutual obligation are achieving their goals. It also seeks to understand the true purpose of mutual obligation programs in Australia, and how approaches are shaped by biases in the areas of social security and employment policy.

Trickle Up: Living costs and the Stage 3 Tax Cuts

Trickle Up: Living costs and the Stage 3 Tax Cuts is a paper showing that the planned Stage 3 Tax Cuts will go to the highest income earners in the country and leave behind people who need cost of living relief.

Essential Connections: The Internet as an Essential Service

Accessing the internet is no longer a luxury. It is an essential service. Australians now rely on internet access for work, education, paying bills and managing their money, healthcare, information in an emergency, social and community connection.

Australia Fair Series – The Poverty Premium

The Poverty Premium looks at six key living costs and finds that people are penalised if they can’t afford to buy groceries in bulk, pay costs annually instead of monthly, or upgrade to a more efficient car.

Cost of Living Index: Minimum Wage, 2023

Anglicare Australia has released the Living Costs Index, an analysis which compares the incomes for three household types against essential living costs such as rent, food, and transport. This edition covers households on the minimum wage.

A Costly Choice

Anglicare Australia has released A Costly Choice, a report showing that Australia loses billions of dollars each year on tax breaks and concessions that benefit people on the highest incomes.

Left Behind

Anglicare Australia has released Left Behind, a paper showing that the planned Stage 3 Tax Cuts will go to highest income earners in the country and leave behind regional, rural, and disadvantaged areas.

Reforming Rent Assistance

This paper explores how and whether Commonwealth Rent Assistance is delivering on its aim, which is to alleviate rental stress for people on the lowest incomes. The paper is released in the wake of the 2023 Report on Government Services, which shows that the cost of rent assistance has grown to $4.9 billion per year.