Financial changes impacting our communities

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Queensland Economic Advocacy Solutions have this week published a comprehensive list of changes coming into the next financial year.

We thought you might be interested in the changes that will impact cost-of-living pressures in your communities:

  • Electricity bills in regional Queensland will decrease by 1.3 per cent for a typical customer on the main residential tariff (tariff 11) and 3.4 per cent for a typical customer on the main small business tariff (tariff 20). Origin Energy in SEQ where full retail competition exists have committed to reducing residential and small business electricity bills by 1.8 per cent. (S)
  • All State Government fees and charges including for licenses and motor vehicle registration will rise by 3.5 per cent. (S)
  • Council rates across Queensland will rise. Councils that have announced their increase for 2018-19 include: Brisbane (2.5 per cent), Gold Coast (1.7 per cent), Sunshine Coast (3.5 per cent), Moreton Bay (2.9per cent), Ipswich (3.0 per cent), Cairns (1.7 per cent). (L)
  • The utility component of the water and sewerage bill will increase for example by 2.0 per cent in Greater Brisbane (Queensland Urban Utilities). Sunshine Coast and Noosa will increase by 0.6 per cent and Moreton Bay will reduce by 0.5 per cent (Unity Water). (L)
  • The State Government’s bulk water component of a water and sewerage bill in SEQ council areas will reach a common price of $3.12 per kilolitre by 1 July 2020. Residents who have not yet reached the common price, will see the bulk water component of their total water bill increase by approximately six per cent per for Sunshine Coast and Noosa residents; 7.3 per cent for Redland residents; and 3.5 per cent for all other SEQ councils each year until they reach that price. (L)

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(S) state government

QCOSS continues to advocate for affordable electricity, concessions to support those who need it most, and measures, like monthly billing, to make large bills more manageable.

We’d love to hear your stories about how you or your community are managing cost-of-living pressures.  If you have a story send it to [email protected](link sends e-mail).

5 July 2018