6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, Sep 2018 Quality Declaration 
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Jun Qtr 2018 to Sep Qtr 2018
Sep Qtr 2017 to Sep Qtr 2018
Weighted average of eight capital cities
% change
% change

All groups CPI
0.4
1.9
Food and non-alcoholic beverages
0.5
1.6
Alcohol and tobacco
1.3
6.8
Clothing and footwear
0.2
-0.8
Housing
0.4
1.6
Furnishings, household equipment and services
-1.2
-2.0
Health
-0.4
3.2
Transport
0.8
6.0
Communication
-1.4
-4.3
Recreation and culture
1.6
1.2
Education
0.1
2.8
Insurance and financial services
0.5
1.4
CPI analytical series
All groups CPI, seasonally adjusted
0.1
1.9
Trimmed mean
0.4
1.8
Weighted median
0.3
1.7

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 0.4% this quarter, compared with a rise of 0.4% in the June quarter 2018.
  • rose 1.9% over the twelve months to the September quarter 2018, compared with a rise of 2.1% over the twelve months to the June quarter 2018.


OVERVIEW OF CPI MOVEMENTS
  • The most significant price rises this quarter are international holiday travel and accommodation (+4.3%), domestic holiday travel and accommodation (+2.4%), tobacco (+1.8%) and automotive fuel (+1.4%).
  • The most significant offsetting price falls this quarter are child care (-11.8%) and telecommunications equipment and services (-1.5%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

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


CHANGES TO CHILD CARE

From 2 July 2018 the Child Care Subsidy replaced the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. These changes have been reflected in the child care and preschool and primary education series this quarter.


70 YEARS OF THE AUSTRALIAN CPI

The CPI series dates back to the September quarter 1948, which is available in tables 1 and 2 of this publication. To mark 70 years of measuring the Australian CPI, a feature article 70 years of the Australian Consumer Price Index is available on the website this quarter. An additional article, 70 Years of Inflation in Australia, is also available on the Chief Economist Series page.


ROUNDING

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


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