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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Sep 2010 Quality Declaration 
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Jun Qtr 2010 to Sep Qtr 2010
Sep Qtr 2009 to Sep Qtr 2010
Weighted average of eight capital cities
% change
% change

Food
-0.5
1.7
Alcohol and tobacco
3.1
11.2
Clothing and footwear
1.4
-2.8
Housing
2.3
5.2
Household contents and services
0.8
0.4
Health
-0.7
5.2
Transportation
-0.6
0.6
Communication
-0.3
-0.4
Recreation
0.7
-0.7
Education
0.1
5.8
Financial and insurance services
0.5
3.4
All groups
0.7
2.8
All groups excluding Housing and Financial and insurance services
0.3
2.0


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

Contribution to quarterly change - September Quarter 2010
Graph: Contribution to quarterly change—September Quarter 2010




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


THE ALL GROUPS CPI
  • rose 0.7% in the September quarter 2010, compared with a rise of 0.6% in the June quarter 2010.
  • rose 2.8% through the year to September quarter 2010, compared with a rise of 3.1% through the year to June quarter 2010.


OVERVIEW OF CPI MOVEMENTS
  • The most significant price rises this quarter were for tobacco (+7.0%), water and sewerage (+12.8%), electricity (+6.0%), property rates and charges (+6.2%) and rents (+1.1%).
  • The most significant offsetting price falls were for automotive fuel (-3.7%), vegetables (-5.4%), pharmaceuticals (-3.9%), audio, visual and computing equipment (-2.7%) and soft drinks, waters and juices (-1.8%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2010 25 January 2011
March 2011 27 April 2011
June 2011 27 July 2011
September 2011 26 October 2011



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

An article describing the treatment of child care services in the Australian Consumer Price Index can be found in the Appendix on page 34 of this issue.


CPI REVIEW UPDATE

Since 1960, when the CPI was first compiled, the ABS has maintained a program of periodic reviews of the CPI to ensure that it continues to meet community needs. Currently the ABS is undertaking the 16th series review of the Australian CPI. The outcomes of the review will be released on 6 December 2010 in the Information paper: Outcome of the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index Review (cat.no. 6469.0).

The issues put up for consideration in this review are outlined in the Information paper: Issues to be considered during the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index Review, December 2009 (cat. no. 6468.0). As part of the review process, the ABS invited submissions from the public and the complete list of submissions to the 16th series CPI Review are available on the ABS web site <http://www.abs.gov.au>.


ROUNDING

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


LINKS TO OTHER PARTS OF THIS RELEASE ON THE WEBSITE

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To access the 'Capital Cities Comparison' data on the ABS website <http://www.abs.gov.au> use the link 'Capital Cities Comparison' as shown below.

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