NAME OF COLLECTION
Consumer Price Index
Consumer Price Indexes Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics
PO Box 10
BELCONNEN ACT 2616
Telephone: Canberra (02) 6252 6251
Facsimile: Canberra (02) 6252 6130
To monitor the movements in the retail prices of commonly purchased goods and services.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures quarterly changes in the price of a basket of goods and services which account for a high proportion of expenditure by the CPI population group (i.e. metropolitan wage and salary earner households). Prices of goods and services are generally collected quarterly. However, some important
items are priced monthly or more frequently (e.g. bread, fresh meat and fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, petrol, alcohol and tobacco) and a small number annually (e.g. seasonal clothing).
Data are presented as index numbers.
The goods and services are arranged in the following eight groups: food, clothing, housing, household equipment and operation, transportation, tobacco and alcohol, health and personal care, and recreation and education.
Holiday travel and accommodation in Australia and overseas are included in the recreation and education group.
Australia’s eight capital cities and a weighted average of the eight capital cities.
Frequency of data availability
Historical data are available on request.
Products and services available
Consumer Price Index (cat. no. 6401.0)
Average Retail Prices of Selected Items Eight Capital Cities (cat. no. 6403.0)
Special data services are available on request.
PC AUSSTATS (06) 252 6017.