Electricity differs from many other regulated industries as it is an essential service that is needed by households on a daily basis. Electricity is essential for lighting, hot water, food preparation, washing and cleaning, communications, and heating and cooling. Having access to these things supports people to participate in employment, education and social interaction. It is therefore critical that electricity is affordable and accessible to all Queenslanders.
QCOSS’ interest in this issue is driven by our vision for a Queensland free of poverty and disadvantage, and our concern about the impact high and rising electricity prices are having on households across the state.
The proposals and the AER’s assessment is complex and QCOSS’ full submission is therefore quite lengthy and technical. A four-page summary document is available capturing the key aspects of our submission. A four-page summary document is available capturing the key aspects of our submission.