6427.0 - Producer Price Indexes, Australia, Mar 2018 Quality Declaration 
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ADDITIONAL COMMENTARY


MINING INDUSTRIES PRODUCER PRICE INDEXES

INPUT TO THE COAL MINING INDUSTRY

The Input to the Coal mining industry price index rose 1.5% in the March quarter 2018. This follows a rise of 1.6% in the December quarter 2017.

Through the year to the March quarter 2018, the Input to the Coal mining industry price index rose 3.1%.

Input to the Coal Mining Industry
Graph: Input to the Coal Mining Industry



OUTPUT OF THE MINING INDUSTRIES

Prices received for Gas extraction, Domestic rose 8.6%, Gas extraction, Domestic, East coast market rose 9.9% and Gas extraction, Domestic, Western Australia rose 2.6% in the March quarter 2018.


MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES PRODUCER PRICE INDEXES - PUBLICATION COMMENTARY

The Input to the Manufacturing industries price index rose 2.8% in the March quarter 2018. This follows a rise of 1.8% in the December quarter 2017. The Output of the Manufacturing industries price index rose 0.9% following a rise of 2.4% in the December quarter 2017. Through the year to the March quarter 2018, Input to the Manufacturing industries price index rose 4.1%, while the Output of the Manufacturing industries price index rose 3.3%.

Rises in prices paid for Oil and gas extraction (+8.3%), Primary metals and metal product manufacturing (+3.7%), and Food product manufacturing (+4.2%) industries drove the rise in the price index of Inputs to the Manufacturing industries. Products contributing to these rises were crude oil, steel and milk.

Rises in prices received for outputs of Petroleum refining and petroleum fuel manufacturing (+4.9%), Other basic non-ferrous metal manufacturing (+2.8%) and Cheese and other dairy product manufacturing (+3.2%), drove the rise in the prices received for Outputs to the Manufacturing industries. Products contributing to these rises were petrol, gold and butter.

INPUT TO THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, Quarterly % change
Graph: MATERIALS USED IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, Division Quarterly % change


OUTPUT OF THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, Quarterly % change
Graph: ARTICLES PRODUCED BY MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, Division Quarterly % change



CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES PRODUCER PRICE INDEXES

INPUT TO THE HOUSE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

The Input to the House construction industry index rose 1.1% in the March quarter 2018. This follows a 0.6% rise in the December quarter 2017. The main drivers this quarter were rises in prices paid for timber, board and joinery (+1.5%), electrical equipment (+6.3%), other metal products (+1.0%) and steel products (+1.8%).

The capital city indexes rose in Melbourne (+1.5%), Sydney (+1.4%), Brisbane (+1.1%), Perth (+0.6%), Hobart (+1.0%) and Adelaide (+0.4%).

Through the year to the March quarter 2018, the Input to the House Construction Industry index rose 2.9%. The main drivers for the year were rises in the prices paid for timber, board and joinery (+4.0%), other metal products (+3.1%), electrical equipment (+7.9%) and steel products (+5.0%).

INPUT TO THE HOUSE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, 6 Capitals: Quarterly % change
Graph: MATERIALS USED IN HOUSE BUILDING, All groups Quarterly % change



OUTPUT OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES

The Output of the Construction industries price index, Subdivision 30 - Building construction Australia rose 0.4% and Subdivision 31 - Heavy and civil engineering construction rose 0.5% in the March quarter 2018.

Subdivision 30 - Building construction Australia saw a rise this quarter in the prices received for Class 3011 - House construction Australia (+0.6%), driven by New South Wales (+1.9%), Queensland (+1.1%), Victoria (+0.6%) and South Australia (+1.8%), partially offset by a fall in Western Australia (-1.9%). Class 3020 - Non-residential construction Australia rose (+0.3%), driven by New South Wales (+0.5%), Australian Capital Territory (+0.6%), Victoria (+0.3%) and Queensland (+0.2%). Class 3019 - Other residential construction rose (+0.3%), driven by New South Wales (+0.4%) and Victoria (+0.2%).

Through the year to the March quarter 2018, Subdivision 30 - Building construction Australia recorded a rise of 2.2%. This rise was driven by increases in the prices received for Class 3011 - House construction Australia (+3.2%), Class 3020 - Non-residential building construction Australia (+1.6%) and Class 3019 - Other residential building construction Australia (+1.5%).

Subdivision 31 - Heavy and Civil engineering construction was driven by a rise in the prices received for Class 3109 - Other heavy and civil engineering construction (+0.3%) and Class 3101 - Road and bridge construction (+1.3%).

Through the year to the March quarter 2018, Subdivision 31- Heavy and Civil engineering construction recorded a rise of 2.7%. This rise was driven by increases in the prices received for Class 3109 - Other heavy and civil engineering construction (+2.4%) and Class 3101 - Road and bridge construction (+3.8%).

SUBDIVISION 30 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION, Quarterly % change
Graph: SELECTED OUTPUT PRIMARY TO BUILDING CONSTRUCTION ,  Quarterly % change



SERVICES INDUSTRIES PRODUCER PRICE INDEXES

OUTPUT OF THE ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD SERVICES INDUSTRIES

The Output of the Accommodation and food services industries rose in the March quarter 2018. Prices received for Group 451 - Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services rose 0.4% and Group 440 - Accommodation services rose 1.5%.


OUTPUT OF THE TRANSPORT, POSTAL AND WAREHOUSING INDUSTRIES

The Output of the Transport, postal and warehousing industries rose in the March quarter 2018. Prices received for Group 461 - Road freight transport services rose 1.2% and Class 5021 - Pipeline transport rose 5.1%. Partially offsetting these rises was a fall for Group 471 - Rail freight transport (-3.1%).


OUTPUT OF THE INFORMATION MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRIES

The Output of the Information media and telecommunications industries rose in the March quarter 2018. Prices received for Group 592 - Data processing, web hosting and electronic information services rose 1.2%.


OUTPUT OF THE RENTAL, HIRING AND REAL ESTATE SERVICES INDUSTRIES

The Output of the Rental, hiring and real estate services industries rose in the March quarter 2018. Prices received for Class 6712 Non-residential property operators rose 1.6% and Group 663 - Other goods and equipment rental and hiring rose 1.7%.


OUTPUT OF THE PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES

The Output of the Professional, scientific and technical services industries rose in the March quarter 2018. Prices received for Group 693 - Legal and accounting services rose 0.3% and Group 692 - Architectural, engineering and technical services rose 0.2%.


OUTPUT OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPPORT SERVICES INDUSTRIES

The Output of the Administrative and support services industries rose in the March quarter 2018. Prices received for Group 721 - Employment services rose 1.6% and Group 731 - Building cleaning, pest control and gardening services rose 0.8%.


OUTPUT OF THE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY INDUSTRIES

The Output of the Public administration and safety industries rose in the March quarter 2018. Prices received for Class 7712 - Investigation and security services rose 0.3%


OUTPUT OF THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING INDUSTRIES

The Output of the Education and training industries rose in the March quarter 2018. Prices received for resident consumption for Class 8102 - Higher education services rose 1.9%. Prices received for non-resident consumption for Class 8102 - Higher education services rose 4.7%.


OUTPUT OF THE HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE INDUSTRIES

The Output of the Health care and social assistance industries rose in the March quarter 2018. Prices received for Group 851 - Medical services rose 0.3% and Group 871 - Child care services rose 0.9%.


OUTPUT OF THE OTHER SERVICES INDUSTRIES

The Output of the Other services industries rose in the March quarter 2018. Prices received for Class 9520 - Funeral, crematorium and cemetery services rose 2.9% and Class 9533 - Parking services rose 1.6%.