6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Dec 2017 Quality Declaration 
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Sep Qtr 2017 to Dec Qtr 2017
Dec Qtr 2016 to Dec Qtr 2017
Weighted average of eight capital cities
% change
% change

All groups CPI
0.6
1.9
Food and non-alcoholic beverages
1.0
-0.2
Alcohol and tobacco
3.2
7.3
Clothing and footwear
-0.3
-3.0
Housing
0.3
3.4
Furnishings, household equipment and services
-0.8
-0.8
Health
-0.5
4.0
Transport
2.4
3.3
Communication
-1.3
-3.4
Recreation and culture
0.6
0.6
Education
0.1
3.2
Insurance and financial services
0.2
1.3
CPI analytical series
All groups CPI, seasonally adjusted
0.6
2.0
Trimmed mean
0.4
1.8
Weighted median
0.4
2.0


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

Contribution to quarterly change
Graph: Contribution to quarterly change




DECEMBER KEY POINTS


THE ALL GROUPS CPI
  • rose 0.6% this quarter, compared with a rise of 0.6% in the September quarter 2017.
  • rose 1.9% over the twelve months to the December quarter 2017, compared with a rise of 1.8% over the twelve months to the September quarter 2017.


OVERVIEW OF CPI MOVEMENTS
  • The most significant price rises this quarter are automotive fuel (+10.4%), tobacco (+8.5%), domestic holiday travel and accommodation (+6.3%) and fruit (+9.3%).
  • The most significant offsetting price falls this quarter are international holiday travel and accommodation (-1.7%), audio visual and computing equipment (-3.5%), and telecommunication equipment and services (-1.4%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2018 24 April 2018
June 2018 25 July 2018
September 2018 31 October 2018
December 2018 30 January 2019



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

This issue includes the introduction of new weighting patterns associated with the 17th series Australian Consumer Price Index (CPI). For more details of changes resulting from the introduction of the 17th series CPI, refer to Information Paper: Introduction of the 17th Series Australian Consumer Price Index, 2017 (cat. no. 6470.0.55.001), which was released on 6 November 2017. Details of the new weighting pattern have also been released in Consumer Price Index, 17th Series Weighting Pattern (cat. no. 6473.0).

This issue also includes the introduction of Multilateral index methods. For more details of changes to the CPI, refer to Information Paper: An Implementation Plan to Maximise the Use of Transactions Data in the CPI, 2017 (cat. no. 6401.0.60.004).


ROUNDING

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


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