This policy guide note synthesises the findings of the final report for RP3038: Lower Income Barriers to Low Carbon Living. In summary:
- 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.