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6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Sep 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/10/2012   
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From the September quarter 2012, all index numbers will be calculated on a new index reference period of 2011-12. This will result in the index numbers for each index series being reset to 100.0 for the financial year 2011-12. Period-to-period percentage changes may differ slightly to those previously published due to rounding and the re-referencing. These differences do not constitute a revision.


SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Jun Qtr 2012 to Sep Qtr 2012
Sep Qtr 2011 to Sep Qtr 2012
Weighted average of eight capital cities
% change
% change

All groups CPI
1.4
2.0
Food and non-alcoholic beverages
1.9
-1.1
Alcohol and tobacco
0.9
4.3
Clothing and footwear
0.2
-0.8
Housing
3.2
4.7
Furnishings, household equipment and services
1.0
1.5
Health
2.4
7.2
Transport
-0.8
1.3
Communication
0.5
1.4
Recreation and culture
0.9
-1.5
Education
0.1
6.1
Insurance and financial services
0.2
2.3
CPI analytical series
All groups CPI, seasonally adjusted
1.2
2.0
Trimmed mean
0.7
2.4
Weighted median
0.8
2.6


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

Contribution to quarterly change
Graph: Contribution to quarterly change




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


THE ALL GROUPS CPI
  • rose 1.4% in the September quarter 2012, compared with a rise of 0.5% in the June quarter 2012.
  • rose 2.0% through the year to the September quarter 2012, compared with a rise of 1.2% through the year to the June quarter 2012.


OVERVIEW OF CPI MOVEMENTS
  • The most significant price rises this quarter were for electricity (+15.3%), international holiday travel and accommodation (+6.6%) and medical and hospital services (+4.5%).
  • The most significant price falls this quarter were for automotive fuel (-3.9%) and motor vehicles (-1.0%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2012 23 January 2013
March 2013 24 April 2013
June 2013 24 July 2013
September 2013 23 October 2013



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

From the September quarter 2012, all index numbers will be calculated on a new index reference period of 2011-12. This will result in the index numbers for each index series being reset to 100.0 for the financial year 2011-12. Period-to-period percentage changes may differ slightly to those previously published due to rounding and the re-referencing. These differences do not constitute a revision. Re-referencing conversion factors are available from the ABS website in the 'Downloads' tab of this issue as 'Table 17 - CPI conversion factors, from index reference period 1989-90 to 2011-12'. Further information on re-referencing can be found in Appendix 1 of this issue, and in Chapter 12 of Consumer Price Index: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2011 (cat. no. 6461.0).

Appendix 2 of this issue contains an article describing the treatment of child care services in the Australian Consumer Price Index.


ROUNDING

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


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