6467.0 - Selected Living Cost Indexes, Australia, Mar 2013 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/05/2013
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MARCH KEY POINTS
Any discrepancies between totals and sums of components in this publication are due to rounding.
TIME SERIES DATA
Longer time series of statistics presented in this product are available from the Downloads tab for this product on the ABS website. They are available as Time Series Workbooks:
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
THE LIVING COST INDEXES
The Living Cost Indexes (LCI) have been designed to answer the question:
'By how much would after tax money incomes need to change to allow households to purchase the same quantity of consumer goods and services that they purchased in the base period?'
In the March quarter 2013, changes in the living costs of pensioner and beneficiary households (PBLCI) rose 0.5%. Over the same period, the living costs of other government transfer recipient households rose 0.5%, age pensioner households rose 0.4%, employee households rose 0.2% and self–funded retiree households recorded no change. For more information about the March quarter 2013 results, see Main Contributors to Change.
These differences have come about for a number of reasons. The inclusion of mortgage interest and consumer credit charges in the living cost indexes has a significant impact on employee and other government transfer recipient households. The inclusion of mortgage interest and consumer credit charges and the different treatments of housing and insurance in the LCIs result in variations between the LCIs and the CPI series. The expenditure patterns of those households measured by the LCIs differ from those of the overall household sector covered by the CPI; these also contribute to differences in the percentage changes.
For a discussion of the relationship between the LCIs and CPI, see the Explanatory Notes.
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