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By Louise Chan · December 20 2019
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Inflation erodes the value of a currency and increases the price of goods, making it harder to maintain your standard of living.

To maintain your lifestyle, your after-tax income needs to increase enough to offset the effects of inflation. This means if inflation is at 2.3 per cent, the increase you’ll need to maintain your current lifestyle should be a minimum of 2.3 per cent of your base pay.

To determine how much after-tax money Aussies need, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) regularly releases the Selected Living Cost Indexes (SLCI) report.

This report measures the impact of price changes on the amount of out-of-pocket expenses households use to purchase the same quality and quantity of goods and services.

According to the June 2019 SLCI report, the consumer price index (CPI) increased by 0.6 per cent in the quarter ending June 2019.

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Between June 2018 and June 2019 indexes, the ABS revealed a 1.6 per cent increase.

This means that Aussies should have earned about 0.6 per cent more in after-tax income in the past quarter to be able to afford the same purchases as they would have in the previous quarter.

Likewise, the 1.6 per cent increase indicates that net income in the past financial year should have increased by 1.6 per cent in order to maintain the same lifestyle.

The SLCI report also reveals that self-funded retirees were most impacted by the rise in CPI as transport, health and food costs forced expenses to increase by 2 per cent in the past year.

This is followed by age pensioners whose transport and health expenses saw a price increase of 0.6 per cent in the March to June 2019 quarter. This puts their June 2018 to June 2019 cost of living increase at 1.9 per cent.

Pensioners and beneficiaries, as well as other government transfer recipients, were equally impacted by the increase in transport, alcohol and tobacco prices.

Both groups required a 0.5 per cent increase during the June 2019 quarter and 1.9 increase for the year.

Employed households were most affected by the rising cost of transport and health expenses. The March to June 2019 quarter recorded a 0.5 per cent increase, while the year ending June 2019 revealed a 1.9 per cent increase.

The decrease in food and non-alcoholic beverage prices partially offset the price increase of other commodities.

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Louise is a content producer for Momentum Media’s nestegg who likes keeping up-to-date with all the ways people can work towards financial stability in 2019. She also enjoys turning complex information into easy-to-digest, practical tips to help those who want to achieve financial independence.

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Louise is a content producer for Momentum Media’s nestegg who likes keeping up-to-date with all the ways people can work towards financial stability in 2019. She also enjoys turning complex information into easy-to-digest, practical tips to help those who want to achieve financial independence.

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