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6463.0 - Analytical Living Cost Indexes for Selected Australian Household Types, Dec 2009  
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RESULTS BY HOUSEHOLD TYPE


RESULTS BY HOUSEHOLD TYPE

There are conceptual differences in the way that the housing and financial and insurance services groups are treated in the ALCI and CPI. See the Explanatory Notes for further detail.


Employee households

The index for employee households increased 0.7% for the December quarter 2009 mainly due to increases in interest charges, domestic holiday travel and accommodation, fruit, beer, rents and overseas holiday travel and accommodation. The major offsetting decreases were provided by automotive fuel, audio, visual and computing equipment and pharmaceuticals.

The ALCI for employee households showed a higher increase than the CPI (+0.5%) for the December quarter 2009.

The index for employee households increased 0.4% for the year to December quarter 2009 mainly due to increases in electricity, rents, insurance, hospital and medical services and beer. The major offsetting decreases were provided by interest charges, automotive fuel, audio, visual and computing equipment and overseas holiday travel and accommodation.

The ALCI for employee households showed a smaller increase compared to a much larger increase in the CPI (+2.1%) for the year to December quarter 2009. Employee households have a relatively higher proportion of expenditure on financial and insurance services than the wider CPI population group (which comprises total metropolitan households). The interest charges component of financial and insurance services for employee households recorded a significant decrease for the year to December quarter 2009, and for conceptual reasons this item is not included in the CPI.


Age pensioner households

The index for age pensioner households increased by 0.6% for the December quarter 2009 mainly due to increases in fruit, domestic holiday travel and accommodation, electricity, rents, vegetables, beer and insurance. The major offsetting decreases were provided by pharmaceuticals, automotive fuel and audio, visual and computing equipment.

The ALCI for age pensioner households showed a slightly larger increase than the CPI (+0.5%) for the December quarter 2009.

The index for age pensioner households increased by 3.2% for the year to December quarter 2009 mainly due to increases in electricity, insurance, rents, hospital and medical services, water and sewerage and house repairs and maintenance. The major offsets were provided by automotive fuel, interest charges and vegetables.

The ALCI for age pensioner households showed a larger increase than the CPI (+2.1%) for the year to December quarter 2009. Compared to the wider CPI population group, age pensioner households have a relatively higher proportion of expenditure on food and health - both of which recorded increases for the year to December quarter 2009.


Other government transfer recipient households

The index for other government transfer recipient households increased by 0.6% for the December quarter 2009 mainly due to increases in fruit, rents, interest charges, domestic holiday travel and accommodation, electricity and beer. The major offsetting decreases were provided by automotive fuel, pharmaceuticals and audio, visual and computing equipment.

The ALCI for other government transfer recipient households showed a slightly higher increase than the CPI (+0.5%) for the December quarter 2009.

The index for other government transfer recipient households increased by 2.3% for the year to December quarter 2009 mainly due to increases in rents, electricity, insurance and tobacco. The major offsets were provided by interest charges and automotive fuel.

The ALCI for other government transfer recipient households showed a slightly larger increase than the CPI (+2.1%) for the year to December quarter 2009. Compared to the wider CPI population group, other government transfer recipient households have a relatively higher proportion of expenditure on food and alcohol and tobacco - both of which recorded increases for the year to December quarter 2009.


Self-funded retiree households

The index for self-funded retiree households increased by 0.6% for the December quarter 2009 due to increases in domestic holiday travel and accommodation, fruit, overseas holiday travel and accommodation, beer, insurance and interest charges. The major offsetting decreases were provided by automotive fuel, pharmaceuticals and audio, visual and computing equipment.

The ALCI for self-funded retiree households showed a slightly larger increase than the CPI (+0.5%) for the December quarter 2009.

The index for self-funded retiree households increased by 2.8% for the year to December quarter 2009 due to increases in electricity, hospital and medical services, insurance, water and sewerage, house repairs and maintenance and property rates and charges. The major offsets were provided by interest charges, overseas holiday travel and accommodation, automotive fuel and audio, visual and computing equipment.

The ALCI for self-funded retiree households showed a slightly larger increase for the year to December quarter 2009 than the CPI (+2.1%). Self-funded retiree households have a relatively lower proportion of expenditure on financial and insurance services, which had a large decrease for the year to December quarter 2009. Self-funded retiree households also have a relatively higher proportion of expenditure on health and recreation - both of which recorded increases for the year to December quarter 2009.


GRAPHS

Graph 1: Index numbers for Employee households, June quarter 1998 = 100.0
Graph: Graph 1. Employee households and CPI (re-referenced), index numbers


Graph 2: Index numbers for Age pensioner households, All groups, June quarter 1998 = 100.0
Graph: Graph 2. Age pensioner households and CPI (re-referenced), index numbers


Graph 3: Index numbers for Other government transfer recipient households, All groups, June quarter 1998 = 100.0
Graph: Graph 3. Other government transfer recipient households and CPI (re-referenced), index numbers


Graph 4: Index numbers for Self-funded retiree households, All groups, June quarter 1998 = 100.0
Graph: Graph 4. Self-funded retiree households and CPI (re-referenced), index numbers


Graph 5: Employee households and CPI, All groups, Percentage change (from previous quarter)
Graph: Graph 5. Employee households and CPI, All Groups - Percentage change (from previous quarter)


Graph 6: Age pensioner households and CPI, All groups, Percentage change (from previous quarter)
Graph: Graph 6. Age pensioner households and CPI, All groups - Percentage change (from previous quarter)


Graph 7: Other government transfer recipient households and CPI, All groups, Percentage change (from previous quarter)
Graph: Graph 7: Other government transfer recipient households and CPI, All groups, Percentage change (from previous quarter)


Graph 8: Self-funded retiree households and CPI, All groups, Percentage change (from previous quarter)
Graph: Graph 8: Self–funded retiree households and CPI, All groups, Percentage change (from previous quarter)

Table 1: Percentage change in Analytical Living Cost Indexes and CPI, Commodity group, September quarter 2009 to December quarter 2009

Weighted average of eight capital cities
Employee ALCI(a)
Age pensioner ALCI(a)
Other government transfer recipient ALCI(a)
Self-funded retiree ALCI(a)
CPI(b)

Food
1.4
1.9
1.5
1.9
1.4
Alcohol and tobacco
0.6
0.6
0.2
0.6
0.5
Clothing and footwear
0.1
0.1
0.2
0.1
0.2
Housing(c)
0.6
1.0
1.1
0.3
0.8
Household contents and services
0.0
-0.2
-0.1
-0.2
0.0
Health
-0.9
-2.1
-2.2
-0.9
-0.9
Transportation
-0.8
-1.0
-1.1
-0.9
-0.8
Communication
-0.1
-0.1
-0.1
0.0
0.0
Recreation
1.6
1.9
1.1
2.5
1.5
Education
0.1
0.0
0.1
0.1
0.1
Financial and insurance services(d)
2.9
1.3
2.2
1.5
0.7
All groups
0.7
0.6
0.6
0.6
0.5

(a) Reference base of index: June quarter 1998 = 100.0.
(b) Re-referenced to base of June quarter 1998 = 100.0.
(c) House purchases are included in the CPI but excluded from the other indexes.
(d) Includes interest charges and general insurance, except for the CPI. Interest charges are excluded from the CPI and general insurance is calculated on a different basis.

Table 2: Points contribution to quarterly change, September quarter 2009 to December quarter 2009 - index points

Weighted average of eight capital cities
Employee ALCI(a)
Age pensioner ALCI(a)
Other government transfer recipient ALCI(a)
Self-funded retiree ALCI(a)
CPI(b)

Food
0.33
0.59
0.42
0.46
0.32
Alcohol and tobacco
0.07
0.06
0.03
0.06
0.05
Clothing and footwear
0.01
0.00
0.01
0.00
0.01
Housing(c)
0.11
0.27
0.34
0.05
0.23
Household contents and services
0.01
-0.03
-0.01
-0.02
-0.01
Health
-0.06
-0.21
-0.10
-0.12
-0.07
Transportation
-0.18
-0.16
-0.16
-0.18
-0.15
Communication
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
Recreation
0.26
0.27
0.15
0.53
0.22
Education
0.01
0.00
0.01
0.00
0.00
Financial and insurance services(d)
0.47
0.10
0.19
0.10
0.08
All groups
1.0
0.9
0.9
0.9
0.7

(a) Reference base of index: June quarter 1998 = 100.0.
(b) Re-referenced to base of June quarter 1998 = 100.0.
(c) House purchases are included in the CPI but excluded from the other indexes.
(d) Includes interest charges and general insurance, except for the CPI. Interest charges are excluded from the CPI and general insurance is calculated on a different basis.

Table 3: Contributions to total index, Commodity group, September quarter 2009 to December quarter 2009 - index points

Employee ALCI(a)
Age pensioner ALCI(a)
Other government transfer recipient ALCI(a)
Self-funded retiree ALCI(a)
CPI(b)
Commodity group
Sep qtr 2009
Dec qtr 2009
Sep qtr 2009
Dec qtr 2009
Sep qtr 2009
Dec qtr 2009
Sep qtr 2009
Dec qtr 2009
Sep qtr 2009
Dec qtr 2009

Food
24.11
24.44
30.88
31.47
27.87
28.29
24.30
24.76
22.63
22.95
Alcohol and tobacco
11.61
11.68
10.37
10.43
14.69
14.72
10.76
10.82
9.84
9.89
Clothing and footwear
5.45
5.46
6.37
6.37
6.04
6.05
4.99
4.99
4.88
4.89
Housing(c)
18.17
18.28
26.58
26.85
30.48
30.82
16.65
16.70
29.48
29.71
Household contents and services
13.15
13.16
15.01
14.98
13.78
13.77
16.50
16.48
12.50
12.49
Health
6.94
6.88
10.52
10.31
4.55
4.45
12.66
12.54
6.86
6.79
Transportation
20.00
19.82
15.76
15.60
15.19
15.03
19.60
19.42
17.78
17.62
Communication
4.50
4.50
4.92
4.92
5.77
5.77
3.82
3.82
4.14
4.13
Recreation
16.48
16.74
14.89
15.16
13.12
13.27
21.95
22.48
14.97
15.19
Education
4.38
4.39
0.23
0.23
2.70
2.71
0.97
0.97
4.05
4.05
Financial and insurance services(d)
15.77
16.24
7.45
7.55
8.75
8.94
6.78
6.88
12.28
12.36
All groups
140.6
141.6
143.0
143.9
142.9
143.8
139.0
139.9
139.4
140.1

(a) Reference base of index: June quarter 1998 = 100.0.
(b) Re-referenced to base of June quarter 1998 = 100.0.
(c) House purchases are included in the CPI but excluded from the other indexes.
(d) Includes interest charges and general insurance, except for the CPI. Interest charges are excluded from the CPI and general insurance is calculated on a different basis.

Table 4: Percentage change in Analytical Living Cost Indexes and CPI, Commodity group, December quarter 2008 to December quarter 2009

Weighted average of eight capital cities
Employee ALCI(a)
Age pensioner ALCI(a)
Other government transfer recipient ALCI(a)
Self-funded retiree ALCI(a)
CPI(b)

Food
1.9
1.6
1.5
1.9
1.9
Alcohol and tobacco
3.4
3.3
3.1
3.1
3.1
Clothing and footwear
2.3
1.9
2.2
2.4
2.1
Housing(c)
7.6
7.4
7.0
8.4
5.5
Household contents and services
3.7
3.3
3.7
3.5
3.6
Health
4.6
4.5
4.1
4.7
4.7
Transportation
1.1
0.8
0.7
0.9
1.2
Communication
0.6
0.6
0.6
0.7
0.6
Recreation
1.4
1.7
2.0
0.4
1.1
Education
5.8
5.6
5.6
6.6
5.6
Financial and insurance services(d)
-16.7
3.8
-9.6
1.0
-6.3
All groups
0.4
3.2
2.3
2.8
2.1

(a) Reference base of index: June quarter 1998 = 100.0.
(b) Re-referenced to base of June quarter 1998 = 100.0.
(c) House purchases are included in the CPI but excluded from the other indexes.
(d) Includes interest charges and general insurance, except for the CPI. Interest charges are excluded from the CPI and general insurance is calculated on a different basis.

Table 5: Points contribution to annual change, December quarter 2008 to December quarter 2009 - index points

Weighted average of eight capital cities
Employee ALCI(a)
Age pensioner ALCI(a)
Other government transfer recipient ALCI(a)
Self-funded retiree ALCI(a)
CPI(b)

Food
0.46
0.48
0.43
0.46
0.43
Alcohol and tobacco
0.39
0.33
0.45
0.32
0.30
Clothing and footwear
0.12
0.12
0.13
0.12
0.10
Housing(c)
1.28
1.85
2.01
1.29
1.57
Household contents and services
0.47
0.48
0.49
0.55
0.44
Health
0.30
0.44
0.18
0.57
0.31
Transportation
0.22
0.12
0.10
0.17
0.21
Communication
0.02
0.03
0.03
0.02
0.02
Recreation
0.23
0.26
0.26
0.10
0.16
Education
0.24
0.01
0.14
0.06
0.22
Financial and insurance services(d)
-3.25
0.28
-0.95
0.07
-0.83
All groups
0.5
4.4
3.3
3.7
2.9

(a) Reference base of index: June quarter 1998 = 100.0.
(b) Re-referenced to base of June quarter 1998 = 100.0.
(c) House purchases are included in the CPI but excluded from the other indexes.
(d) Includes interest charges and general insurance, except for the CPI. Interest charges are excluded from the CPI and general insurance is calculated on a different basis.

Table 6: Contributions to total index, Commodity group, December quarter 2008 to December quarter 2009 - index points

Employee ALCI(a)
Age pensioner ALCI(a)
Other government transfer recipient ALCI(a)
Self-funded retiree ALCI(a)
CPI(b)
Commodity group
Dec qtr 2008
Dec qtr 2009
Dec qtr 2008
Dec qtr 2009
Dec qtr 2008
Dec qtr 2009
Dec qtr 2008
Dec qtr 2009
Dec qtr 2008
Dec qtr 2009

Food
23.98
24.44
30.99
31.47
27.86
28.29
25.43
24.76
22.52
22.95
Alcohol and tobacco
11.29
11.68
10.10
10.43
14.27
14.72
10.98
10.82
9.59
9.89
Clothing and footwear
5.33
5.46
6.25
6.37
5.91
6.05
5.10
4.99
4.79
4.89
Housing(c)
16.98
18.28
24.98
26.85
28.80
30.82
16.11
16.70
28.14
29.71
Household contents and services
12.69
13.16
14.50
14.98
13.28
13.77
16.67
16.48
12.06
12.49
Health
6.57
6.88
9.87
10.31
4.27
4.45
12.52
12.54
6.48
6.79
Transportation
19.61
19.82
15.47
15.60
14.93
15.03
20.14
19.42
17.42
17.62
Communication
4.50
4.50
4.93
4.92
5.77
5.77
3.99
3.82
4.11
4.13
Recreation
16.51
16.74
14.90
15.16
13.01
13.27
23.42
22.48
15.02
15.19
Education
4.15
4.39
0.22
0.23
2.56
2.71
0.95
0.97
3.84
4.05
Financial and insurance services(d)
19.48
16.24
7.27
7.55
9.89
8.94
7.13
6.88
13.19
12.36
All groups
141.1
141.6
139.5
143.9
140.6
143.8
142.4
139.9
137.2
140.1

(a) Reference base of index: June quarter 1998 = 100.0.
(b) Re-referenced to base of June quarter 1998 = 100.0.
(c) House purchases are included in the CPI but excluded from the other indexes.
(d) Includes interest charges and general insurance, except for the CPI. Interest charges are excluded from the CPI and general insurance is calculated on a different basis.



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