6467.0 - Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index, Jun 2012 Quality Declaration 
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MAIN CONTRIBUTORS TO CHANGE


The PBLCI rose 0.5% for the June quarter 2012. Food and non-alcohol beverages (+0.6%) made the largest contribution primarily driven by the rises in vegetables and fruit as a result of cooler weather conditions with rain and flooding affecting crops in the eastern states. Rents, medical and hospital services and tobacco also recorded rises for the June quarter 2012.

Recreation and culture (-1.1%) contributed the most significant offset largely due to falls in domestic holiday travel and accommodation. Audio, visual and computing equipment and pharmaceutical products also recorded falls for the June quarter 2012.

The PBLCI and the CPI recorded the same movement (+0.5%) in the June quarter 2012. Pensioner and beneficiary households have a relatively higher proportion (compared to the CPI population) of expenditure on fruit and vegetables, which rose this quarter. This was offset by a higher weight for pharmaceutical products, which recorded a fall this quarter.

The PBLCI rose 1.0% through the year to the June quarter 2012. The PBLCI showed a smaller rise compared to the CPI (+1.2%) through the year to the June quarter 2012.


GRAPHS

Graph 1: Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index, Percentage change from previous quarter
Graph: Graph 1: Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index, Percentage change from previous quarter


Graph 2: Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index, Index numbers
Graph: Graph 2: Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index, Index numbers


Graph 3: Comparison of Living Cost Index numbers
Graph: Graph 3: Comparison of Living Cost Index numbers

Table 1: Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index, All Groups, Weighted average of eight capital cities - index numbers, percentage change and points change

Percentage change
Points change
Quarters
Index Numbers(a)
From previous quarter
From corresponding quarter of previous year
From previous quarter
From corresponding quarter of previous year

2009
December
108.8
0.6
2.6
0.6
2.8
2010
March
110.1
1.2
2.9
1.3
3.1
June
111.2
1.0
3.8
1.1
4.1
September
112.3
1.0
3.8
1.1
4.1
December
113.1
0.7
4.0
0.8
4.3
2011
March
115.2
1.9
4.6
2.1
5.1
June
116.2
0.9
4.5
1.0
5.1
September
116.9
0.6
4.1
0.7
4.6
December
116.7
-0.2
3.2
-0.2
3.6
2012
March
116.8
0.1
1.4
0.1
1.6
June
117.4
0.5
1.0
0.6
1.2

(a) Reference base of index: June quarter 2007 = 100.0

Table 2: Percentage change in analytical living cost indexes, PBLCI and CPI, by commodity group - March Quarter 2012 to June Quarter 2012

Commodity group
Age pensioner ALCI(a)
Other government transfer recipient ALCI(a)
PBLCI
CPI(b)

Food and non-alcoholic beverages
0.6
0.6
0.6
0.6
Alcohol and tobacco
0.9
1.3
1.2
1.0
Clothing and footwear
1.2
1.6
1.4
1.5
Housing(c)
0.2
0.6
0.4
0.4
Furnishings, household equipment and services
1.3
1.3
1.3
1.5
Health
0.8
0.2
0.7
1.5
Transport
1.0
0.8
1.0
0.9
Communication
-0.2
-0.3
-0.2
-0.3
Recreation and culture
-1.1
-1.0
-1.1
-1.3
Education
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
Insurance and financial services(d)
0.7
-0.1
0.2
0.5
All groups
0.5
0.6
0.5
0.5

(a) As published in Analytical Living Cost Indexes for Selected Australian Household Types (cat. no. 6463.0)
(b) As published in Consumer Price Index, Australia (cat. no. 6401.0)
(c) House purchases are included in the CPI but excluded from the population subgroup indexes.
(d) Includes interest charges and general insurance, except for the CPI. Interest charges are excluded from the CPI and general insurance is calculated on a different basis.

Table 3: Points contribution to quarterly change, index points - March Quarter 2012 to June Quarter 2012

Commodity group
Age pensioner ALCI(a)
Other government transfer recipient ALCI(a)
PBLCI(b)
CPI(a)

Food and non-alcoholic beverages
0.14
0.12
0.14
0.11
Alcohol and tobacco
0.06
0.14
0.12
0.08
Clothing and footwear
0.06
0.09
0.09
0.07
Housing(c)
0.02
0.16
0.11
0.11
Furnishings, household equipment and services
0.15
0.12
0.13
0.15
Health
0.08
0.01
0.04
0.09
Transport
0.11
0.09
0.10
0.12
Communication
-0.01
-0.01
-0.01
-0.01
Recreation and culture
-0.14
-0.11
-0.13
-0.18
Education
0.01
0.00
0.00
0.00
Insurance and financial services(d)
0.04
-0.01
0.01
0.03
All groups
0.5
0.6
0.6
0.6

(a) Re-referenced to base of June quarter 2007 = 100.0
(b) Reference base of index: June quarter 2007 = 100.0
(c) House purchases are included in the CPI but excluded from the population subgroup indexes.
(d) Includes interest charges and general insurance, except for the CPI. Interest charges are excluded from the CPI and general insurance is calculated on a different basis.

Table 4: Contribution to total index, by commodity group, index points - March Quarter 2012 to June Quarter 2012

Age pensioner ALCI(a)
Other government transfer recipient ALCI(a)
PBLCI(b)
CPI(a)
Commodity group
Mar Qtr 2012
Jun Qtr 2012
Mar Qtr 2012
Jun Qtr 2012
Mar Qtr 2012
Jun Qtr 2012
Mar Qtr 2012
Jun Qtr 2012

Food and non-alcoholic beverages
24.43
24.57
21.52
21.64
22.69
22.83
18.33
18.45
Alcohol and tobacco
7.96
8.02
11.76
11.90
10.21
10.33
8.23
8.31
Clothing and footwear
5.60
5.66
5.61
5.70
5.60
5.69
4.47
4.53
Housing(c)
20.94
20.96
27.93
28.09
25.09
25.20
25.98
26.09
Furnishings, household equipment and services
12.72
12.87
8.93
9.05
10.47
10.60
10.23
10.38
Health
10.51
10.59
3.74
3.75
6.49
6.53
6.12
6.21
Transport
11.02
11.13
11.44
11.53
11.27
11.37
13.24
13.36
Communication
4.30
4.29
4.92
4.91
4.67
4.66
3.49
3.48
Recreation and culture
13.24
13.10
10.96
10.85
11.89
11.76
14.19
14.01
Education
0.35
0.36
2.93
2.93
1.88
1.88
3.82
3.82
Insurance and financial services(d)
4.81
4.85
7.75
7.74
6.55
6.56
5.89
5.92
All groups
115.9
116.4
117.5
118.1
116.8
117.4
114.0
114.6

(a) Re-referenced to base of June quarter 2007 = 100.0
(b) Reference base of index: June quarter 2007 = 100.0
(c) House purchases are included in the CPI but excluded from the population subgroup indexes.
(d) Includes interest charges and general insurance, except for the CPI. Interest charges are excluded from the CPI and general insurance is calculated on a different basis.

Table 5: Percentage change in analytical living cost indexes, PBLCI and CPI, Commodity group - June Quarter 2011 to June Quarter 2012

Commodity group
Age pensioner ALCI(a)
Other government transfer recipient ALCI(a)
PBLCI
CPI(b)

Food and non-alcoholic beverages
-5.1
-3.9
-4.4
-3.2
Alcohol and tobacco
3.6
5.0
4.6
3.8
Clothing and footwear
0.4
0.1
0.2
0.6
Housing(c)
5.8
5.3
5.5
3.4
Furnishings, household equipment and services
0.4
0.6
0.5
0.7
Health
3.6
3.3
3.5
3.6
Transport
2.5
2.1
2.3
2.1
Communication
1.0
0.9
0.9
0.9
Recreation and culture
-1.3
-1.6
-1.5
-1.6
Education
6.6
6.5
6.5
6.1
Insurance and financial services(d)
1.8
-1.1
-0.2
2.9
All groups
0.7
1.3
1.0
1.2

(a) As published in Analytical Living Cost Indexes for Selected Australian Household Types (cat. no. 6463.0)
(b) As published in Consumer Price Index, Australia (cat. no. 6401.0)
(c) House purchases are included in the CPI but excluded from the population subgroup indexes.
(d) Includes interest charges and general insurance, except for the CPI. Interest charges are excluded from the CPI and general insurance is calculated on a different basis.


The following tables have been temporarily suspended, until data becomes available to calculate through the year estimates of points contributions and contributions to All Groups:
  • Table 6: Points contribution to annual change, index points
  • Table 7: Contribution to total index, Commodity group, index points