It is easy to run into trouble with energy bills. Job loss, unpredictable incomes and large rent and mortgage payments can make it difficult to pay bills on time or in full. Energy costs can skyrocket with significant life changes, such as major illness or having a baby.
For some people, energy hardship is short-term; others face a more prolonged struggle. There is currently little data on the extent of persistent energy hardship in Australia and the characteristics of households in persistent hardship. To help address this gap, VCOSS commissioned RMIT University to analyse the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (‘HILDA’) survey, which allows us to identify the length of time households spend in energy hardship, and the features of those households.
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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we live and work, the Bundjalung, Arakwal, Yaegl, Gumbaynggirr, Githabul, Dunghutti and Birpai Nationsand their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future.