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6463.0 - Analytical Living Cost Indexes for Selected Australian Household Types, Mar 2011 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2011 15 August 2011
September 2011 14 November 2011
December 2011 1 February 2012
March 2012 2 May 2012



OUTCOME OF THE 16TH SERIES CPI REVIEW

The ABS recently completed an extensive review of its CPI and has announced changes including the continued quarterly publication of the outlays based Analytical Living Cost Indexes (ALCIs). The weighting pattern used in the ALCIs will be updated from the September quarter 2011. For more details about changes to the ALCIs and the CPI, please refer to Information Paper: Outcome of the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index Review (cat. no. 6469.0), or www.abs.gov.au.


IMPACT OF THE FLOODS AND CYCLONE YASI

ABS price index compilation methodologies and quality assurance processes have ensured that any impact of the floods and cyclone on consumer prices is reflected in the data included in this publication. For further information see the section Impact of the floods and Cyclone Yasi within Consumer Price Index, Australia, March quarter 2011 (cat. no. 6401.0) for details.


ROUNDING

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


CPI DATA RE-REFERENCED TO JUNE QUARTER 1998 = 100.0

For ease of comparison, the index reference period for the CPI data used throughout this publication has been re-referenced to June quarter 1998 = 100.0. All index numbers and percentage changes shown are calculated on this basis. This may lead to some minor differences from the figures published in Consumer Price Index, Australia (cat. no. 6401.0).


INQUIRIES

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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


THE ANALYTICAL LIVING COST INDEX

The Analytical Living Cost Indexes (ALCI) for Selected Australian Household Types have been designed to answer the question:

'By how much would after tax money incomes need to change to allow households to purchase the same quantity of consumer goods and services that they purchased in the base period?'

In the March quarter 2011, changes in living costs of age pensioner households increased by 2.0%, employee households increased by 1.7%, other government transfer recipient households increased by 1.7% and self-funded retiree households increased by 1.5%. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 1.6% over the same period.

Since the series began in June quarter 1998 the living costs of other government transfer recipient households showed the highest increase of 52.9% followed by age pensioner households which increased 51.3% and employee households which increased by 50.5%, slightly higher than the 46.0% increase in the CPI. The living costs of self-funded retiree households increased by 45.7%.

These differences have come about for a number of reasons. The inclusion of mortgage interest and consumer credit charges in the analytical living cost indexes has a significant impact for employee and other government transfer recipient households. The inclusion of mortgage interest and consumer credit charges and the different treatments of housing and insurance in the ALCIs result in variations between the ALCIs and the CPI series. The expenditure patterns of those households measured by the ALCIs differ from those of the overall household sector covered by the CPI. This also contributes to differences in the percentage changes.

For a discussion of the relationship between the ALCIs and CPI, see the Explanatory Notes.


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