The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) first released this information paper in February 1997 as a basis for user consultation on a strategy for enhancing our statistical service in the field of price indexes.
In recent years, there has been increasing international attention directed towards developing new approaches to the measurement of inflation. Accordingly, this paper presents a statistical framework which will enable the range of separate price index series to be drawn together and presented as a system of indexes designed to support the analysis of inflation.
The ABS had discussions with Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) on the content of this information paper and SNZ is also seeking views from their users on the directions contained in the paper.
The Australian Statistics Advisory Council provided in principle support to the proposals in this paper, and encouraged the ABS to consult widely with users.
The ABS invited reactions from users to the proposals contained in the paper, and continues to welcome comments. Any comments should be provided, preferably in writing to:
Director, Producer Price Indexes Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics
PO Box 10,
BELCONNEN, ACT 2616.
or by facsimile on Canberra (06) 252 7060