6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Dec 2018 Quality Declaration 
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Sep Qtr 2018 to Dec Qtr 2018
Dec Qtr 2017 to Dec Qtr 2018
Weighted average of eight capital cities
% change
% change

All groups CPI
0.5
1.8
Food and non-alcoholic beverages
0.9
1.5
Alcohol and tobacco
3.2
6.8
Clothing and footwear
-0.2
-0.7
Housing
0.2
1.5
Furnishings, household equipment and services
0.5
-0.8
Health
-0.4
3.3
Transport
-0.7
2.8
Communication
-1.3
-4.3
Recreation and culture
1.1
1.7
Education
0.0
2.7
Insurance and financial services
0.3
1.5
CPI analytical series
All groups CPI, seasonally adjusted
0.4
1.8
Trimmed mean
0.4
1.8
Weighted median
0.4
1.7

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

Contribution to quarterly change
Graph: Contribution to quarterly change



DECEMBER KEY POINTS


THE ALL GROUPS CPI
  • rose 0.5% this quarter, compared with a rise of 0.4% in the September quarter 2018.
  • rose 1.8% over the twelve months to the December quarter 2018, compared with a rise of 1.9% over the twelve months to the September quarter 2018.


OVERVIEW OF CPI MOVEMENTS
  • The most significant price rises this quarter are tobacco (+9.4%), domestic holiday travel and accommodation (+6.2%), fruit (+5.0%) and new dwelling purchase by owner-occupiers (+0.4%).
  • The most significant price falls this quarter are automotive fuel (-2.5%), audio visual and computing equipment (-3.3%), wine (-1.9%), and telecommunications equipment and services (-1.5%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2019 24 April 2019
June 2019 31 July 2019
September 2019 30 October 2019
December 2019 29 January 2020


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

This issue includes the introduction of updated weighting patterns using 2016-17 Household Final Consumption Expenditure data available from the Australian System of National Accounts (cat. no. 5204.0). For more details on these changes and the updated weighting patterns, refer to Information Paper: Introduction of the Consumer Price Index Weight Update, 2018 (cat. no. 6470.0.55.002).

The CPI Annual Seasonal Re-analysis (ASR) was conducted in the December quarter 2018. The ASR assesses the CPI seasonal patterns in more detail than is possible in the quarterly processing cycle. The outcomes of the ASR are provided in the Appendix to this issue.

Changes to the seasonally adjusted CPI series do not affect the original CPI series.

For more information about seasonal adjustment, see paragraphs 14 to 17 of the Explanatory notes.


ROUNDING

Any discrepancies between totals and sums of components in this publication are due to rounding.


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