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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Sep 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/10/2011   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Jun Qtr 2011 to Sep Qtr 2011
Sep Qtr 2010 to Sep Qtr 2011
Weighted average of eight capital cities
% change
% change

All groups CPI
0.6
3.5
Food and non–alcoholic beverages
–0.2
6.4
Alcohol and tobacco
0.5
3.0
Clothing and footwear
1.5
1.2
Housing
1.9
4.2
Furnishings, household equipment and services
0.2
–0.5
Health
–1.0
3.7
Transport
0.1
4.3
Communication
0.0
0.6
Recreation and culture
0.9
–0.1
Education
0.1
5.8
Insurance and financial services
0.7
4.5
CPI analytical series
All groups CPI, seasonally adjusted
0.4
3.5
Trimmed mean
0.3
2.3
Weighted median
0.3
2.6


All Groups CPI, Quarterly change
Graph: All Groups CPI, Quarterly change

Contribution to quarterly change
Graph: Contribution to quarterly change




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


THE ALL GROUPS CPI
  • rose 0.6% in the September quarter 2011, compared with a rise of 0.9% in the June quarter 2011.
  • rose 3.5% through the year to the September quarter 2011, compared with a rise of 3.6% through the year to the June quarter 2011.


OVERVIEW OF CPI MOVEMENTS
  • The most significant price rises this quarter were for electricity (+7.8%), international holiday travel and accommodation (+5.1%), rents (+1.2%), water and sewerage (+8.6%) and property rates and charges (+5.2%).
  • The most significant price falls this quarter were for pharmaceutical products (–5.0%), audio, visual and computing equipment (–3.3%), automotive fuel (–1.4%), vegetables (–2.5%), motor vehicles (–1.0%) and fruit (–1.2%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2011 25 January 2012
March 2012 24 April 2012
June 2012 25 July 2012
September 2012 24 October 2012



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

This issue introduces the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index (CPI), that incorporates an updated weighting pattern, new commodity classification, some new analytical series and some other changes. For more details of changes resulting from the introduction of the 16th series CPI, refer to Information Paper: Introduction of the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index, Australia, September 2011 (cat. no. 6470.0), which was released on 22 September 2011. Details of the new weighting pattern have also been released in Consumer Price Index, 16th Series Weighting Pattern (cat. no. 6471.0). As a consequence of reweighting, the points contribution for the June quarter 2011 shown in Tables 7, 8 and 14 differ from that published in the previous issue of this publication.

The Special series (Table 8) and Analytical series (Tables 9 and 10) have been combined into one table – Analytical series (Table 8). As a result, there have been changes to some other table numbers. See page 11 for the new list of tables. An additional time series spreadsheet, 'Seasonally adjusted index numbers' (Table 15), containing the index numbers for the expenditure classes identified as seasonal in the 16th series CPI, is also available on the website.

Appendix 1 of this issue describes the analytical series: goods and services, international trade exposure, seasonally adjusted expenditure classes and volatile items, presented in Table 8 of this publication. There have been some changes to the groups, sub–groups and expenditure classes contributing to each of the analytical series as a result of the introduction of the 16th Series CPI.

Appendix 2 of this issue contains an article describing the treatment of child care services in the Australian Consumer Price Index.


ROUNDING

Any discrepancies between totals and sums of components in this publication are due to rounding.


INQUIRIES

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