6440.0 - A Guide to the Consumer Price Index: 16th Series, 2011  
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The following table gives an indication of the types of items that are priced and where particular items are classified in the CPI structure (e.g. soy milk is classified as belonging to the expenditure class Milk).
The mention of an item in the table does not necessarily mean that there is a specific price sample for that item, nor does it mean that all the price samples are specifically listed.


Group, sub-group, expenditure classExamples of item coverage

Bread and cereal products
BreadBread and bread rolls
Cakes and biscuitsBiscuits, gingerbread, wafers, waffles, crumpets, muffins, croissants, cakes and tarts
Breakfast cerealsCornflakes and muesli
Other cereal productsRice in all forms, including rice flour; maize, wheat, barley, oats, rye and other cereals in the form of grain; pasta products in all forms
Meat and seafoods
Beef and vealFresh, chilled or frozen beef and veal meat
PorkFresh, chilled or frozen meat of swine; bacon and ham
Lamb and goatFresh, chilled or frozen meat of lamb and goat
PoultryFresh, chilled or frozen meat of poultry (chicken, duck, goose, turkey, guinea fowl)
Other meatsDried, salted or smoked meat and edible offal (sausages, salami); minced meat
Fish and other seafoodFresh, chilled or frozen fish and seafood (crustaceans and other shell fish); dried, smoked or salted fish and seafood
Dairy and related products
MilkPasteurized or sterilized milk; condensed, evaporated or powered milk
CheeseCheese and curd
Ice cream and other dairy products Ice-cream, yoghurt, cream, milk-based desserts and beverages
Fruit and vegetables
FruitFresh, chilled or frozen fruit; dried and canned fruit
VegetablesFresh, chilled, frozen or dried vegetables; preserved or processed vegetables
Other food
EggsEgg and egg products made wholly from eggs
Jams, honey and spreadsJams, marmalades, fruit purees and pastes; natural and artificial honey
Food additives and condimentsSugar (unrefined, refined, powdered or cane sugar), artificial sugar substitutes; salt; spices, culinary herbs; sauces, condiments and seasonings
Oils and fatsButter and butter products; margarine and other vegetable fats; edible oils; edible animal fats
Snacks and confectioneryCorn and potato chips; nuts; chocolates, lollies; gum; water based ice confectionery
Other food products n.e.c.Baby food; prepared meals (tinned food, frozen food or meals); prepared baking powders, baker’s yeast, soups, broths and stocks
Non-alcoholic beverages
Coffee, tea and cocoaCoffee including decaffeinated and instant coffee, roasted or ground; tea; cocoa and chocolate-based powder
Waters, soft drinks and juicesMineral or spring waters; soft drinks; fruit and vegetable juices
Meals out and take away foods
Restaurant mealsMeals eaten in restaurants, hotels and cafes offering full table service
Take away and fast foodsTake away, delivered meals and fast food suitable for immediate consumption

Alcoholic beverages
SpiritsSpirits and liqueurs including pre-mixed spirits purchased in a bar, club, bottle shop or restaurant
WineWine from grapes, wine from other fruits and fortified wines purchased in a bar, club, bottle shop or restaurant
BeerAll kinds of beer such as ale and lager including low-alcoholic beer purchased in a bar, club, bottle shop or restaurant
TobaccoCigarettes, cigarette tobacco and cigars

Garments for menGarments for men in all materials for everyday wear, sport or work including men’s suits, jumpers, jeans, business and casual shirts, t-shirts and swimwear; men’s briefs, pyjamas and socks
Garments for women Garments for women in all materials for everyday wear, sport or work including dresses, blouses, suits, jeans and coats; women’s bras, briefs, nightwear, lingerie and hosiery
Garments for infants and children Garments for infants and children in all materials for everyday wear or sport including baby clothes, children’s jeans, shorts, t-shirts, socks and underwear
Footwear for menAll footwear for men including sports footwear for everyday leisure wear; includes shoelaces, parts of footwear such as heels, soles etc.; excludes game specific footwear such as ski boots or football boots
Footwear for womenAll footwear for women including sports footwear for everyday leisure wear; includes shoelaces, parts of footwear such as heels, soles etc.; excludes game specific footwear such as ski boots or football boots
Footwear for infants and childrenAll footwear for children and infants including sports footwear for everyday leisure wear; includes shoelaces, parts of footwear such as heels, soles etc.; excludes game specific footwear such as ski boots or football boots
Accessories and clothing services
AccessoriesItems complementary to clothing including hats, wallets, non-prescription sunglasses, watches, luggage and jewellery
Cleaning, repair and hire of clothing and footwearClothing and footwear services including dry cleaning, shoe repairs and dressmaking

RentsRentals actually paid to private or government landlords, including housing authorities, by tenants or subtenants occupying unfurnished or furnished premises as their main residence
New dwelling purchase by owner-occupiers
New dwelling purchase by owner-occupiersNew homes (excluding land) and major improvement to existing homes and fixed appliances such as ducted heating, hot water systems and ovens
Other housing
Maintenance and repair of the dwellingProducts and materials, such as paints and varnishes, renderings, plaster etc., purchased for minor maintenance and repair of the dwelling; services of plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters etc. engaged for minor maintenance and repair of the dwelling
Property rates and charges State and local council property based rates and charges except water and sewerage
Water and sewerage Water supply and sewerage charges
Electricity Electricity charges and connection fees
Gas and other household fuelsMains and bottled gas, including connection fees and other household fuels such as firewood, briquettes, heating oil and solid fuels

Furniture and furnishings
FurnitureSofas, couches, tables, chairs, beds, mattresses, chests of drawers, bookshelves, wardrobes
Carpets and other floor coveringsLoose carpets, fitted carpets, linoleum; excludes bathroom mats, rush mats and door mats
Household textiles
Household textilesFurnishing fabrics, curtains, fabric blinds; bed linen such as sheets, pillowcases, blankets and table linen and bathroom linen such as tablecloths, and towels
Household appliances, utensils and tools
Major household appliancesPurchase, hire and repair of all major household appliances not permanently fixed such as refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dryers.
Small electric household appliances Purchase, hire and repair of all smaller household appliances such as food processing appliances, coffee machine, kettles, irons, toasters and grills, juice extractors and deep dryers
Glassware, tableware and household utensilsGlassware, crystal ware, ceramic ware and china ware; cutlery; non-electric utensils (saucepans, frying pans, pressure cookers); non-electric household articles such as containers, waste bins and laundry baskets
Tools and equipment for house and gardenMotorized and hand tools such as electric drills, saws, lawnmowers, screwdrivers, wrenches and spanners; garden tools such as wheelbarrows, spades, shovels; ladders; door fittings (hinges, handles and locks)
Non-durable household products
Cleaning and maintenance productsDetergents, dishwashing detergents and tablets, disinfectant, bleaches, softeners, stain remover; floor wash and polishes; general purpose cleanser
Personal care productsNon-electric appliances such as razors, nail files, combs, hairbrushes, toothbrushes; products for personal hygiene including soap, shampoo and bathing products, toilet paper, nappies and body deodorants; beauty products such as makeup and nail varnish
Other non-durable household products Dustpans, dusters; cloths; kitchen paper, baking parchment roll, aluminium foil; garbage bags; matches; clothes pegs and clothes hangers
Domestic and household services
Child careFull-time and part-time care of children by either community, private or family based day care
Hairdressing and personal grooming servicesServices of hairdressing salons, barbers; facial beauty treatments, manicures, pedicures, saunas; tattoo and piercing services
Other household services Domestic services supplied by paid staff such as butlers, cooks, maids, drivers and gardeners; household services such as window cleaning, disinfecting and pest extermination; hire of furniture, furnishings, carpet, household equipment and household linen

Medical products, appliances and equipment
Pharmaceutical productsPrescription medicines, vaccines and treatments, cold-relief products, vitamins, band-aids, antiseptic, sunscreen and skin treatment
Therapeutic appliances and equipment Corrective eyeglasses and contact lenses, hearing aids, neck braces, crutches and electronic and other devices for monitoring blood pressure etc.; repair of such articles; includes dentures but not fitting costs
Medical, dental and hospital services
Medical and hospital servicesConsultations of physicians in general or specialist practice and hospital charges; medical insurance
Dental services Services of dentists, oral hygienists and other dental auxiliaries including fitting costs of dentures

Private motoring
Motor vehicles Purchase and long term hire/lease of new cars and motor cycles; transfer of used cars to the household sector; service fee for the transfer of second hand cars
Spare parts and accessories for motor vehicles Tyres (new or used), inner tubes, spark plugs, batteries, shock absorbers, filters, pumps and other spare parts or accessories purchased separately
Automotive fuel Unleaded petrol, lead replacement petrol, diesel and LPG
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles Services purchased for the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles (includes the cost of labour and the cost of materials)
Other services in respect of motor vehicles Motor vehicle registration, roadworthiness tests, driver licence fees, parking fees, driving lessons and tollway charges
Urban transport fares
Urban transport fares Bus, train, ferry, tram and taxi fares not for holiday travel
Postal servicesPayments for the delivery of letters, postcards and parcels; private mail and parcel delivery (includes stamps and prepaid postage envelopes)
Telecommunication equipment and servicesPurchases and repair of telephones, telephone-answering machines; mobile phones; devices with several functions but mainly used for telephone functionalities; installation and subscription costs of telephone equipment; local, regional, national and international calls from fixed and mobile telephones (includes voice, video calls, written and image messages); internet and broadband services

Audio, visual and computing equipment and services
Audio, visual and computing equipmentTelevision sets; video recorder; DVD player; home theatre systems; radios, CD players, portable sound and vision devices, E-book reader; cameras; optical instruments; desktop and laptop computers, printers; calculators
Audio, visual and computing media and servicesMedia including blank and pre-recorded DVDs, CDS, Blu ray discs; memory cards and sticks; unexposed films and discs for photographic use; computer software; video tape and DVD rental; pay television; repair of audio, visual and computer equipment
Newspapers, books and stationery
Books Fiction, non-fiction, hardback, paperback and electronic books
Newspapers, magazines and stationeryNewspapers; magazines; printed matter such as posters and greeting cards; stationery and drawing materials
Holiday travel and accommodation
Domestic holiday travel and accommodationAir, sea and rail travel, car hire, hotel and motel accommodation and package charges for holidays in Australia
International holiday travel and accommodationAir, sea and rail travel, car hire, hotel and motel accommodation and package charges for holidays overseas
Other recreation, sport and culture
Equipment for sports, camping and open-air recreationGymnastic, physical education and sport equipment such as balls, rackets and golf clubs; fishing rods and other equipment for fishing; equipment for beach and open-air games; camping equipment
Games, toys and hobbiesConsole games, musical instruments, toys, board games and hobby materials
Pets and related productsPets, pet foods, aquariums and other items for the housing and care of pets
Veterinary and other services for petsServices to care for animals, including veterinary, kennel and stable fees
Sports participation Fees and charges for playing sport including lessons, ground gees, gym fees and equipment hire
Other recreational, sporting and cultural servicesAdmission fees to cinemas, theatres, concerts, museums, amusement parks and sporting events

Preschool and primary education Private and government preschool and primary education fees
Secondary educationPrivate and government secondary education fees
Tertiary educationPrivate and government tertiary education fees

InsuranceComprehensive insurance for dwellings and motor vehicles, compulsory third party motor vehicle insurance services
Financial services
Deposit and loan facilities (direct charges)Actual charges for the financial services of banks and similar financial institutions; includes ATM fees, account keeping fees
Other financial servicesCommissions or fees charged by stockbrokers and real estate agents; taxes on transfers or real estate; fees for legal services