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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Sep 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/10/2009   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Jun Qtr 2009 to Sep Qtr 2009
Sep Qtr 2008 to Sep Qtr 2009
Weighted average of eight capital cities
% change
% change

Food
-0.8
2.5
Alcohol and tobacco
0.7
4.0
Clothing and footwear
0.3
2.3
Housing
2.9
5.5
Household contents and services
0.6
4.0
Health
-1.0
4.4
Transportation
1.9
-5.1
Communication
0.0
1.0
Recreation
0.7
0.1
Education
0.0
5.6
Financial and insurance services
0.9
-7.2
All groups
1.0
1.3
All groups excluding Housing and Financial and insurance services
0.4
1.2


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

Contribution to quarterly change, September Quarter 2009 - September Quarter 2009
Graph: Contribution to quarterly change, September Quarter 2009—September Quarter 2009




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


THE ALL GROUPS CPI
  • rose 1.0% in the September quarter 2009, compared with a rise of 0.5% in the June quarter 2009.
  • rose 1.3% through the year to September quarter 2009, compared to an annual rise of 1.5% to June quarter 2009.


OVERVIEW OF CPI MOVEMENTS
  • The most significant price rises this quarter were for electricity (+11.4%), automotive fuel (+4.0%), water and sewerage (+14.1%), deposit and loan facilities (+3.0%) and house purchase (+1.1%).
  • The most significant offsetting price falls were for other financial services (-2.3%), vegetables (-5.6%), fruit (-5.4%), pharmaceuticals (-4.4%) and audio, visual and computing equipment (-2.2%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2009 27 January 2010
March 2010 28 April 2010
June 2010 28 July 2010
September 2010 27 October 2010



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.


16TH SERIES AUSTRALIAN CPI REVIEW

The CPI is subject to periodic reviews. While an important objective of the reviews is to update item weights, formal reviews also provide an opportunity to examine the scope and coverage of the index and other methodological issues.

An information paper: Issues to be considered during the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index Review (cat.no. 6468.0) will be published on 15 December 2009. It will outline some of the major issues to be considered in the review, as a basis for public consultation. Public seminars will also be held in capital cities in early 2010. The closing date for submissions to the review is 12 March 2010.


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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INQUIRIES

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