The 2013 Regional Price Survey saw a drop in the Regional Price Index (RPI) of a number of regional locations. RPI is the measure used as the cost of living component used in the calculation of District Allowances and, consequently, the allowance rates in these locations also decreased; most significantly in Karratha/Dampier, the Pilbara and the Kimberley. The final phase of the 2013 2-year adjustment will come into effect this month (July). Get the details here.
The 2013 Regional Price Index (RPI) survey, which is used to adjust the rates, has revealed changes to the cost of living across the state. The information we’ve received from Commerce indicates that Broome, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Esperance, Jerramungup and areas of the Great Southern outside the District Allowance exclusion zone will consequently receive some increase in their District Allowances. Other areas will experience reductions, some of which will be significant.