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The composition of the CPI basket is based on the pattern of household expenditure in the 'weighting base period', which is 1998-99 for the 14th series CPI. Measures of expenditure are obtained primarily from the ABS's Household Expenditure Survey (HES). The HES data, modified for known instances of under-reporting (the most notable being for alcohol and tobacco), are then used to derive a weight for each of the 89 expenditure classes. The weights for the 14th series groups and subgroups based on June quarter 2000 prices are shown in table 28.1.


28.1 CONSUMER PRICE INDEX, Weighted Average of Capital Cities(a)(b)

Groups and subgroups
Weight in CPI basket

Food -
- Dairy and related products
1.51
- Bread and cereal products
2.20
- Meat and seafoods
2.62
- Fruit and vegetables
2.30
- Non-alcholic drinks and snack food
2.48
- Meals out and take away foods
4.93
- Other food
1.69
- Total
17.72
Alcohol and tobacco -
- Alcoholic drinks
5.14
- Tobacco
2.27
- Total
7.41
Clothing and footwear -
- Men’s clothing
0.98
- Women’s clothing
1.80
- Children’s and infants’ clothing
0.47
- Footwear
0.83
- Clothing accessories, supplies and services
1.10
- Total
5.19
Housing -
- Rents
5.60
- Utilities
3.23
- Other housing
10.91
- Total
19.75
Household furnishings, supplies and services -
- Furniture and furnishings
3.58
- Household appliances, utensils and tools
1.98
- Household supplies
1.91
- Household services
0.62
- Total
8.09
Health -
- Health services
3.55
- Pharmaceuticals
1.14
- Total
4.69
Transportation -
- Private motoring
14.40
- Urban transport fares
0.85
- Total
15.25
Communication -
- Communication
2.88
- Total
2.88
Recreation -
- Audio, visual and computing
2.70
- Books, newspapers and magazines
1.08
- Sport and other recreation
4.16
- Holiday travel and accommodation
4.35
- Total
12.29
Education -
- Education
2.69
- Total
2.69
Miscellaneous -
- Insurance services
1.46
- Personal care
2.14
- Childcare
0.44
- Total
4.04
Total All groups
100.00

(a) Percentages may not add due to rounding.
(b) Weights shown are those applicable from the June quarter 2000 onwards.

Source: Information Paper: A Guide to the Consumer Price Index, 14th Series (6440.0).

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