This 2019 report tracks changes in the cost of living, particularly for low-income households in the Australian Capital Territory. It builds on previous ACT Council of Social Service work on costs of living in the ACT.
The report draws on figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Selected Living Cost Indexes (SLCI) and Consumer Price Index (CPI) to show changes in the cost of living in the last 12 months.
Canberra’s overall CPI has continued to increase above the national rate over the past year. Across most essential goods and services, prices in the ACT rose above the national rate, hitting low-income households hardest.