Savvy’s 2022 survey of 1005 Aussies learns how rising fuel prices are affecting the cost of living in Australia.
- 64% of survey respondents say fuel costs are of “greatest concern” to cost of living
- 73% of 18–24-year-old cohort report fuel costs are their greatest concern
- 22% spend $61-$90 per week on fuel
- 51% of respondents said they would need to change driving behaviour to compensate
The latest nationally representative survey on the cost of living in Australia by Savvy has revealed 64% of respondents (n=1,005) say that rising fuel costs are their greatest concern – more so than the cost of food, utilities, and rent/mortgages.
73% of the 18–24-year-old cohort of the survey (n=111) said rising fuel prices was their greatest concern. This was followed by the 55–64-year-old demographic (69%) and the 25–34-year-old demographic (66%).
If extrapolated to the entire Australian population over the age of 18, this means 12.4 million Australians are most afraid of rising petrol prices stretching already overextended household budgets.
The Stats on Fuel
According to the Australian Institute of Petroleum, national average retail petrol prices rose 84% between February 20th and March 20th, prompting the Federal Government to halve the fuel excise from 44.2 cents per litre to 22.1 cents per litre for the next six months from the 30th of March, 2022.
As of writing, the national average fuel price is 178.2 cents per litre. The national average was at 138.2 cents per litre at the same time last year, with the full excise included.
32% of those surveyed say they already spend $31-60 per week on fuel; 22% spend $61-90, and 13% spend $91-120.
What We’re Doing to Combat Rising Fuel Prices
According to the survey, 51% of Australians will simply change their behaviour or drive less – which may be viable for some but not others, thanks to shifts toward work from home arrangements.
Bill Tsouvalas, CEO of Savvy says that fuel price rises will disproportionately disadvantage blue collar workers over white-collar workers – particularly younger apprentices.
36% of people said they’ll be looking for discounts using apps; 26% said they’ll use public transport more frequently. Others again said they would consider buying a smaller engine car, hybrid or EV.
This information is general in nature and not a substitute for professional financial advice.
- Savvy – April 2022 Cost of Living Survey