8.1 A timetable for the introduction of the 16th series CPI was included in Information Paper: Issues to be considered during the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index Review (cat. no. 6468.0). An indicative timetable of remaining activities leading up to the introduction of the new index follows.
6 December 2010
8.2 Release and widely distribute this information paper summarising the outcome of the 16th series review and set out the major decisions taken on the 16th series CPI.
December 2010 - June 2011
8.3 Finalise index structure and associated analytical series.
8.4 Communicate outcomes and explain the proposed changes to the CPI via a series of seminars.
June - August 2011
8.5 Estimate new expenditure patterns and weights and link the 15th and 16th series. This task cannot be completed until the June quarter 2011 CPI is published in late July 2011.
Early October 2011
8.6 Publish the Information paper: Introduction of the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index which will summarise the major changes that will occur in the 16th series CPI and will provide the weighting pattern of the 16th series CPI and related analytical series.
8.7 Release the September quarter 2011 16th series CPI. The ABS will also release an updated Guide to the Consumer Price Index: 16th series. This information paper will take into account changes made with the introduction of the 16th series CPI in the September quarter 2011. The guide is designed to promote understanding of the CPI among general users. An updated Consumer Price Index Concepts, Sources and Methods publication will be released in due course.