QCOSS has made a submission to the Queensland Productivity Commission on its Draft Report - Electricity Pricing Inquiry. In our submission we focus on the recommendations which are specifically targeted at minimising the impact of electricity prices on vulnerable and disadvantaged Queenslanders.

Overall, the immediate priority for a strategy to support vulnerable consumers in the electricity market should be with the objective to minimise electricity debt and disconnection. This is best achieved through measures that address the factors impacting affordability, including price, consumption and income, and assisting people to overcome informational barriers.

Additionally, as the market evolves and emerging technologies create new opportunities and shift traditional sources of supply, it is imperative to ensure that these opportunities are accessible for low income households to ensure the energy market does not exacerbate disadvantage for vulnerable people.

Visit the QCOSS website to read our submission.

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