CPA Australia welcomes the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) decision to commence providing a new monthly CPI indicator.
“This change will deliver more timely information into the hands of businesses and others who rely on economic data,” said CPA Australia General Manager Media and Content, Dr Jane Rennie.
“In June we raised the alarm that Australian governments, businesses and others were reliant on out-of-date inflation data. This is due to Australia’s practice of reporting CPI data quarterly, unlike other advanced economies such as the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and Japan.
“Quarterly CPI reporting puts Australian governments, regulators and businesses at a distinct disadvantage, especially in economically uncertain times like now. Using quarterly CPI data when the majority of the world receives it monthly is like waiting for a letter in the post when neighbours are receiving updates by phone.”
“We're very pleased CPA Australia’s call for more timely inflation data has been heard. Access to a monthly CPI indicator will close the information gap and help organisations make better financial decisions.
“A monthly CPI indicator will enable a clearer understanding of the effects of monetary policy, geo-political tensions, supply chain disruptions and local interventions on prices across the Australian economy. Australia’s economy will benefit as a result.
“In a high inflation environment, we need our institutions to be agile and innovative. With this announcement, the ABS has demonstrated its willingness to be responsive to the needs of the community and embrace new lower cost data sources to deliver monthly updates.”
Read CPA Australia’s call to action for monthly CPI data (7 June 2022)
Jennifer Duke, External Affairs Lead on +61 438 502 389 or email: [email protected]
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