Why Australian families are feeling poorer

Fidelity International has released research which helps to explain why Australian households are feeling the pinch, despite the ABS’ reported low growth in inflation and its official cost of living indices.

According to Fidelity, there has been low inflation in discretionary goods that you may want, but high growth in non-discretionary growth that families need:

…by far the largest price rises in the past 20 years is in private secondary school education – up a whopping 203 per cent – and private pre-school and primary education (up 159 per cent).

The 2019 Australian Scholarships Group Planning for Education Index reveals that the forecast cost to educate a child starting out now in a government school through to year 12 is more than $68,000. That figure climbs to $127,000 for Catholic schooling and more than $298,000 for private school/independent education…

The cost of medical and hospital care has almost trebled in the past 20 years…

The price of insurance itself has jumped about 118 per cent.

When combined with the zero real household disposable income growth over the past seven years:

No wonder Australian households are feeling the pinch, despite official measures of inflation also cratering.

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