6461.0 - Australian Consumer Price Index: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2005  
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A comprehensive description of the Australian Consumer Price Index (CPI) -- what the index measures, the goods and services included in it, where the information on prices comes from, how the index is calculated, and how the statistics can be used. It also provides some insight into the kinds of problems the ABS encounters in compiling the CPI and explains how these are dealt with.

This publication is only available electronically (PDF format), on the ABS web site <

1 Introduction
2 Historical Background
3 Price Index Theory
4. Consumer Price Indexes
5. The Australian CPI
6. Estimating Weights
7. Areas for Special Consideration
8. Collection Methodology
9. Compiling the CPI
10. Using the CPI
Appendix 1: Weighting pattern for the CPI - June quarter 2000
Appendix 2: Price indexes and contract price indexation
Appendix 3 - Tradables, non tradables and volatile items