This policy guide note synthesises the findings of the final report for RP3038: Lower Income Barriers to Low Carbon Living.
Broad engagement with lower income households, industry, government and other stakeholders reveals that energy deprivation is an increasing problem in Australia which impacts upon the social wellbeing of communities.
There are a wide range of financial and non-financial barriers limiting the ability of lower income households to address energy deprivation.
The government’s approach to energy and support mechanisms varies from state to state and nationally, further exacerbating the problem.
We present a range of policy recommendations across three categories, namely information provision, financial assistance, and regulatory controls.
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The research reported in this summary of findings identifies the financial and non-financial barriers that prevent lower income households from reducing their carbon consumption.This research is designed as a follow-up to the data mining exercise (CRC-LCL RP3001) conducted by Burke and Ralston.