You may remember almost a year ago today when we reported that the tax on draught beer in Australia increases every six months on February 1 and August 1, and with that February date on the horizon, it’s coming again.
And this time around it’s set to rise a whopping 3.7%, following on from the record 4% last August and 2.1% last February, adding up to an almost 10% in just a year.
Which is all to say, if you’ve noticed the price of your schooner or pint getting more and more expensive in recent times, this is why.
As with most cost of living pressures at the moment, it’s all tied back to continually soaring inflation with the Consumer Price Index seeing a year-on-year national increase of 7.8% over 12 months to December 2022.
It means we still currently sit behind only Japan, Finland and Norway in terms of the world’s most expensive beer.
“People are already paying $8 a schooner in parts of Sydney – if this keeps rising like this it will be soon be surging past $12,” said Brewers’ Association boss John Preston. “These are hidden tax increases which have been going up every six months for the past 20 years.”
A survey by NCA Newswire found Perth’s average pint price (425mL) sits pretty much bang in the middle compared to the rest of the country at $8.80, with Canberra the cheapest ($7.50) and Adelaide the most expensive at $9.14.
If you can find us that $8.80 pint please feel free to let us know where it is ASAP, please and thank you.