6467.0 - Selected Living Cost Indexes, Australia, Jun 2019 Quality Declaration 
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Main contributors to change

Pensioner and beneficiary households (+0.5%)

The pensioner and beneficiary living cost index (PBLCI) rose 0.5% in the June quarter 2019. The main contributor to the rise is transport (+4.3%), driven by automotive fuel. The rise in automotive fuel is due to rising world oil prices flowing through to consumers. Alcohol and tobacco (+1.5%) also contributed to the rise, driven by price rises for tobacco.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages (-0.5%) contributed the most significant partial offset this quarter, driven by fruit and vegetables where price falls were due to increased supply of bananas, apples, citrus fruits and winter vegetables.

The living cost index (LCI) for PBLCI recorded a smaller rise compared to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) (+0.6%) this quarter.

Over the twelve months to the June quarter 2019 the PBLCI rose 1.9% while the CPI rose 1.6%.


Employee households (+0.5%)

The LCI for employee households rose 0.5% in the June quarter 2019. The main contributor to the rise is transport (+3.6%), driven by automotive fuel. The rise in automotive fuel is due to rising world oil prices flowing through to consumers. Health (+1.8%) also contributed to the rise, driven by medical and hospital services following the annual increase in Private Health Insurance premiums on 1 April.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages (-0.4%) contributed the most significant partial offset this quarter, driven by fruit and vegetables where price falls were due to increased supply of bananas, apples, citrus fruits and winter vegetables.

The LCI for employee households recorded a smaller rise compared to the CPI (+0.6%) this quarter.

Over the twelve months to the June quarter 2019 the LCI for employee households rose 1.6% in line with the CPI.


Age pensioner households (+0.6%)

The LCI for age pensioner households rose 0.6% in the June quarter 2019. The largest contributor to the rise is transport (+4.2%), driven by automotive fuel. The rise in automotive fuel is due to rising world oil prices flowing through to consumers. Health (+1.0%) also contributed to the rise, driven by medical and hospital services following the annual increase in Private Health Insurance premiums on 1 April.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages (-0.6%) contributed the most significant partial offset this quarter, driven by fruit and vegetables where price falls were due to increased supply of bananas, apples, citrus fruits and winter vegetables.

The LCI for age pensioner households recorded the same rise as the CPI (+0.6%) this quarter.

Over the twelve months to the June quarter 2019 the LCI for age pensioner households rose 1.9% while the CPI rose 1.6%.


Other government transfer recipient households (+0.5%)

The LCI for other government transfer recipient households rose 0.5% in the June quarter 2019. The largest contributor to the rise is transport (+4.5%), driven by automotive fuel. The rise in automotive fuel is due to rising world oil prices flowing through to consumers. Alcohol and tobacco (+1.7%) also contributed to the rise, driven by price rises for tobacco.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages (-0.5%) contributed the most significant partial offset this quarter, driven by fruit and vegetables where price falls were due to increased supply of bananas, apples, citrus fruits and winter vegetables.

The LCI for other government transfer recipient households recorded a smaller rise compared to the CPI (+0.6%) this quarter.

Over the twelve months to the June quarter 2019 the LCI for other government transfer recipient households rose 1.9% while the CPI rose 1.6%.


Self–funded retiree households (+0.7%)

The LCI for self-funded retiree households rose 0.7% in the June quarter 2019. The largest contributor to the rise is transport (+3.5%), driven by automotive fuel. The rise in automotive fuel is due to rising world oil prices flowing through to consumers. Health (+1.8%) also contributed to the rise, driven by medical and hospital services following the annual increase in Private Health Insurance premiums on 1 April.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages (-0.5%) contributed the most significant partial offset this quarter, driven by fruit and vegetables where price falls were due to increased supply of bananas, apples, citrus fruits and winter vegetables.

The LCI for self–funded retiree households recorded a larger rise compared to the CPI (+0.6%) this quarter.

Over the twelve months to the June quarter 2019 the LCI for self–funded retiree households rose 2.0% while the CPI rose 1.6%.

Percentage change, Commodity group - March Quarter 2019 to June Quarter 2019

Pensioner and beneficiary LCI
Employee LCI
Age pensioner LCI
Other government transfer recipient LCI
Self-funded retiree LCI
Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Weighted average of eight capital cities
%

Food and non-alcoholic beverages
-0.5
-0.4
-0.6
-0.5
-0.5
-0.4
Alcohol and tobacco
1.5
1.0
1.1
1.7
0.6
1.1
Clothing and footwear
2.0
1.6
2.0
2.0
2.1
1.6
Housing(a)
-0.2
-0.1
-0.2
-0.2
-0.1
-0.2
Furnishings, household equipment and services
0.6
0.8
0.6
0.7
0.5
0.7
Health
0.7
1.8
1.0
0.4
1.8
1.8
Transport
4.3
3.6
4.2
4.5
3.5
3.4
Communication
-1.2
-1.1
-1.1
-1.2
-1.2
-1.1
Recreation and culture
0.6
0.5
0.8
0.4
0.5
0.6
Education
0.0
0.1
0.0
0.1
0.0
0.0
Insurance and financial services(b)
0.0
0.0
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.3
All groups
0.5
0.5
0.6
0.5
0.7
0.6

(a) New dwelling purchase by owner-occupiers are included in the CPI but excluded from the Selected Living Cost Indexes.
(b) The Selected Living Cost Indexes includes interest charges and general insurance. Interest charges are excluded from the CPI and general insurance is calculated on a different basis.