6440.0 - A Guide to the Consumer Price Index: 17th Series, 2017  
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The following table gives an indication of the types of items that are priced and where particular items are classified in the CPI structure (e.g. soy milk is classified as belonging to the expenditure class Milk).

The mention of an item in the table does not necessarily mean that there is a specific price sample for that item, nor does it mean that all the price samples are specifically listed.


Group, Sub-group, Expenditure class Item examples

Bread and cereal products
Bread Bread and bread rolls, fresh or packaged
Cakes and biscuits Biscuits, gingerbread, wafers, waffles, sweet muffins, cakes and tarts
Breakfast cereals Cornflakes; muesli; oats
Other cereal products Rice in all forms, including rice flour; maize, wheat, barley, oats, rye and other cereals in the form of grain; pasta products in all forms
Meat and seafoods
Beef and veal Fresh, chilled or frozen beef and veal meat
Pork Fresh, chilled or frozen meat of swine; bacon and ham
Lamb and goat Fresh, chilled or frozen meat of lamb and goat
Poultry Fresh, chilled or frozen meat of poultry (chicken, duck, goose, turkey, guinea fowl)
Other meats Dried, salted or smoked meat and edible offal (sausages, salami); minced meat
Fish and other seafood Fresh, chilled or frozen fish and seafood (crustaceans and other shell fish); dried, smoked or salted fish and seafood
Dairy and related products
Milk Pasteurized or sterilized milk; condensed, evaporated or powered milk
Cheese Cheese and curd
Ice cream and other dairy products Ice-cream, yoghurt, cream, milk-based desserts and beverages
Fruit and vegetables
Fruit Fresh, chilled or frozen fruit; dried and canned fruit
Vegetables Fresh, chilled, frozen or dried vegetables; preserved or processed vegetables
Food products n.e.c.
Eggs Eggs; caged and free range
Jams, honey and spreads Jams, marmalades, fruit purees and pastes; natural and artificial honey
Food additives and condiments Sugar (unrefined, refined, powdered or cane sugar), artificial sugar substitutes; salt; spices, culinary herbs; sauces, condiments and seasonings
Oils and fats Butter and butter products; margarine and other vegetable fats; edible oils; edible animal fats
Snacks and confectionery Corn and potato chips; nuts; chocolates, lollies; gum; water based ice confectionery
Other food products n.e.c. Baby food; prepared meals (tinned food, frozen food or meals); prepared baking powders, baker’s yeast, soups, broths and stocks.
Non-alcoholic beverages
Coffee, tea and cocoa Coffee including decaffeinated and instant coffee, roasted or ground; tea; cocoa and chocolate-based powder
Waters, soft drinks and juices Mineral or spring waters; soft drinks; fruit and vegetable juices
Meals out and take away foods
Restaurant meals Meals eaten in restaurants, hotels and cafes offering full table service
Take away and fast foods Take away, delivered meals and fast food suitable for immediate consumption
Alcoholic beverages
Spirits Spirits and liqueurs including pre-mixed spirits purchased in a bar, club, bottle shop or restaurant
Wine Wine from grapes, wine from other fruits, fortified wines and cider purchased in a bar, club, bottle shop or restaurant
Beer All kinds of beer such as ale and lager including low-alcoholic beer purchased in a bar, club, bottle shop or restaurant
Tobacco Cigarettes and cigarette tobacco
Garments for men Garments for men in all materials for everyday wear, sport or work including men’s suits, jumpers, jeans, business and casual shirts, t-shirts and swimwear; men’s briefs, pyjamas and socks
Garments for women Garments for women in all materials for everyday wear, sport or work including dresses, blouses, suits, jeans and coats; women’s bras, briefs, nightwear, lingerie and hosiery
Garments for infants and children Garments for infants and children in all materials for everyday wear or sport including baby clothes, children’s jeans, shorts, t-shirts, socks and underwear
Footwear for men All footwear for men including sports footwear for everyday leisure wear; excludes game specific footwear such as ski boots or football boots
Footwear for women All footwear for women including sports footwear for everyday leisure wear; excludes game specific footwear such as ski boots or football boots
Footwear for infants and children All footwear for children and infants including sports footwear for everyday leisure wear; excludes game specific footwear such as ski boots or football boots
Accessories and clothing services
Accessories Items complementary to clothing including hats, wallets, non-prescription sunglasses, watches, luggage and jewellery
Cleaning, repair and hire of clothing and footwear Clothing and footwear services including dry cleaning, shoe repairs and dressmaking
Rents Rentals actually paid to private or government landlords, including housing authorities, by tenants or subtenants occupying unfurnished or furnished premises as their main residence
New dwelling purchase by owner-occupiers
New dwelling purchase by owner-occupiers New dwellings (excluding land) and major improvements to existing dwellings and fixed appliances such as cooling and/or heating systems, dishwashers, hot water systems and ovens
Other housing
Maintenance and repair of the dwelling Products and materials, such as paints and varnishes, renderings, plaster etc., purchased for minor maintenance and repair of the dwelling; services of plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters etc. engaged for minor maintenance and repair of the dwelling
Property rates and charges State and local council property based rates and charges except water and sewerage
Water and sewerage Water supply and sewerage charges
Electricity Electricity supply and usage charges
Gas and other household fuels Supply and usage charges for mains and bottled gas, and other household fuels such as firewood.
Furniture and furnishings
Furniture Sofas, couches, tables, chairs, beds, mattresses, chests of drawers, bookshelves, wardrobes
Carpets and other floor coverings Loose carpets, fitted carpets, linoleum, timber floorboards, tiles; excludes bathroom mats, rush mats and door mats
Household textiles
Household textiles Furnishing fabrics, curtains, fabric blinds; bed linen such as sheets, pillowcases, blankets and table linen and bathroom linen, such as tablecloths and towels
Household appliances, utensils and tools
Major household appliances Purchase, hire and repair of all major household appliances not permanently fixed such as refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dryers.
Small electric household appliances Purchase, hire and repair of all smaller household appliances such as food processing appliances, coffee machines, kettles, irons, toasters and grills, juice extractors and deep fryers
Glassware, tableware and household utensils Glassware, crystal ware, ceramic ware and china ware; cutlery; non-electric utensils (saucepans, frying pans, pressure cookers); non-electric household articles such as containers, waste bins and laundry baskets
Tools and equipment for house and garden Motorized and hand tools such as electric drills, saws, lawnmowers, screwdrivers, wrenches and spanners; garden tools such as wheelbarrows, spades, shovels; ladders; door fittings (hinges, handles and locks)
Non-durable household products
Cleaning and maintenance products Detergents, dishwashing detergents and tablets, disinfectant, bleaches, softeners, stain remover; floor wash and polishes; general purpose cleaners
Personal care products Non-electric appliances such as razors, nail files, combs, hairbrushes, toothbrushes; products for personal hygiene including soap, shampoo and bathing products, nappies and body deodorants; beauty products such as makeup and nail varnish
Other non-durable household products Cloths, kitchen paper, toilet paper, baking parchment roll, aluminium foil; garbage bags; matches; batteries; clothes pegs and clothes hangers; garden supplies such as fertiliser and potting mix
Domestic and household services
Child care Full-time and part-time care of children by either community, private or family based day care
Hairdressing and personal grooming services Services of hairdressing salons, barbers; facial beauty treatments, manicures, pedicures, saunas; tattoo and piercing services
Other household services Domestic services supplied by paid staff such as butlers, cooks, maids, drivers and gardeners; household services such as window cleaning, disinfecting and pest extermination
Medical products, appliances and equipment
Pharmaceutical products Prescription medicines, vaccines and treatments, cold-relief products, vitamins, band-aids, antiseptic, sunscreen and skin treatment
Therapeutic appliances and equipment Corrective eyeglasses and contact lenses, hearing aids, neck braces, crutches and electronic and other devices for monitoring blood pressure etc.; repair of such articles; includes dentures but not fitting costs
Medical, dental and hospital services
Medical and hospital services Consultations of physicians in general or specialist practice and hospital charges; medical insurance
Dental services Services of dentists, oral hygienists and other dental auxiliaries including fitting costs of dentures
Private motoring
Motor vehicles Purchase of new cars and motor cycles, including long term hire/lease; service fee for the transfer of cars such as stamp duty fees
Spare parts and accessories for motor vehicles Tyres (new or used), inner tubes, spark plugs, batteries, shock absorbers, filters, pumps and other spare parts or accessories purchased separately
Automotive fuel Unleaded petrol, premium unleaded, ethanol blended, diesel and LPG
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles Services purchased for the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles (includes the cost of labour and the cost of materials)
Other services in respect of motor vehicles Motor vehicle registration, roadworthiness tests, driver licence fees, parking fees, driving lessons and tollway charges
Urban transport fares
Urban transport fares Bus, train, ferry, tram, taxi and ride-sharing fares, not for holiday travel
Postal services Payments for the delivery of letters, postcards and parcels; private mail and parcel delivery (includes stamps and prepaid postage envelopes)
Telecommunication equipment and services Purchases of telephones and mobile phones including smart phones; devices with several functions but mainly used for telephone functionalities such as smart watches; installation and subscription costs of telephone equipment; local, regional, national and international calls from fixed and mobile telephones (includes voice, video calls, written and image messages); internet and broadband services
Audio, visual and computing equipment and services
Audio, visual and computing equipment Television sets; DVD player; home theatre systems; radios, portable sound and vision devices, cameras; desktop and laptop computers, tablets, printers; calculators
Audio, visual and computing media and services Media including pre-recorded DVDs, CDs, memory cards and sticks; discs for photographic use; computer software; pay television; repair of audio, visual and computer equipment, photographic services
Newspapers, books and stationery
Books Fiction, non-fiction, hardback, paperback and electronic books
Newspapers, magazines and stationery Newspapers (print and digital subscriptions); magazines; printed matter such as greeting cards; stationery and drawing materials
Holiday travel and accommodation
Domestic holiday travel and accommodation Air, sea, road and rail travel, car hire, accommodation and package charges for holidays in Australia
International holiday travel and accommodation Air, sea. and rail travel, accommodation and package charges for holidays overseas
Other recreation, sport and culture
Equipment for sports, camping and open-air recreation Sports equipment such as balls, rackets and golf clubs; fishing rods and other equipment for fishing; equipment for beach and camping; boats and caravans
Games, toys and hobbies Console games, toys, board games and hobby materials
Pets and related products Pets, pet foods, and other items for the housing and care of pets
Veterinary and other services for pets Services to care for animals, including veterinary, kennel and stable fees
Sports participation Fees and charges for playing sport including lessons, ground gees, gym fees and equipment hire
Other recreational, sporting and cultural services Admission fees to cinemas, theatres, concerts, museums, amusement parks and sporting events
Preschool and primary education Private and government preschool and primary education fees
Secondary education Private and government secondary education fees
Tertiary education Private and government tertiary education fees
Insurance Comprehensive insurance for dwellings and motor vehicles, compulsory third party motor vehicle insurance services
Financial services
Deposit and loan facilities (direct charges) Actual charges for the financial services of banks and similar financial institutions; includes ATM fees, account keeping fees
Other financial services Commissions or fees charged by stockbrokers and real estate agents; taxes on transfers for real estate; fees for legal services; fees for accounting services