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This data cube, which can be found in the "Downloads" tab above, is a spreadsheet that contains the detailed household expenditure weighting patterns that are used in the 16th series Analytical Living Cost Indexes (ALCIs) and Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI). In calculating the ALCIs and PBLCI, price changes for the various items are combined using these weights.
The ABS currently publishes these indexes quarterly in Analytical Living Cost Indexes for Selected Australian Household Types (cat. no. 6463.0).
The Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (cat. no. 6467.0) is created as a combination of two ALCIs, Age pensioner households and Other government transfer recipient households.
The 16th series ALCIs and PBLCI will contain new household expenditure weighting patterns (using 2009–10 Household Expenditure Survey (HES) data and data from other sources). The 16th series ALCIs and PBLCI will be introduced in respect of the September quarter 2011 and will be linked to the 15th series at the June quarter 2011. As the ALCIs and PBLCI are derived using information from the CPI, they will be impacted by changes as a result of the introduction of the 16th series CPI. For more information regarding the 16th series CPI please refer to Information Paper: Introduction of the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index, Australia, September 2011 (cat. no. 6470.0).
Due to the improved quality of some of the estimates of household expenditure available from the 2009–10 HES, the scope of the 16th series weights for Employee households, Age pensioner households, Other government transfer recipient households and the PBLCI has been changed from using national estimates, to using estimates based on the weighted average of eight capital cities, consistent with the price collection and weighting pattern used for the CPI. The 16th series weights for self–funded retiree households continue to be derived using national expenditures, consistent with the approach for the 15th series.
This data cube contains detailed 16th series weighting patterns by group, sub–group and expenditure class for each index. It also includes the average weekly household expenditure (in June quarter 2011 dollars) for each of the household types.
For more information regarding the 16th series ALCIs and PBLCI, please contact the Consumer Price Index Section, on 02 6252 6654.
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