This data cube, which can be found in the "Data downloads", is a spreadsheet that contains the detailed household expenditure weighting pattern that is used in the 17th series Australian Consumer Price Index (CPI). These weights will be used to calculate the CPI from December quarter 2017.
The CPI is an important economic indicator. It provides a general measure of changes in prices of consumer goods and services acquired by Australian households. Since 1960, the ABS has maintained a program of periodic reviews of the CPI to ensure that it continues to meet community needs. The 17th series CPI will be introduced in respect of the December quarter 2017 and will be linked to the 16th series at the September quarter 2017. For more information regarding the 17th series CPI, please refer to Information Paper: Introduction of the 17th Series Australian Consumer Price Index, 2017 (cat. no. 6470.0.55.001).
The 17th series CPI will contain a new household expenditure weighting pattern (using 2015-16 Household Expenditure Survey (HES) data and data from other sources). This data cube contains detailed weighting information by group, sub–group and expenditure class for the 17th series CPI including:
- household expenditure weights by capital city and for the weighted average of eight capital cities;
- percentage contributions of each city to the weighted average of eight capital cities;
- points contribution to All groups CPI by capital city and for the weighted average of eight capital cities; and
- average weekly household expenditure (in September quarter 2017 prices) by capital city and for the weighted average of eight capital cities (which are used to produce the weighting pattern).