The Australian Bureau of Statistics released the Consumer Price Index figures for the September 2019 quarter today (for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019).

Both landlords and tenants may wish to:

  • check their leases to see whether a CPI rent review is due using the September quarter CPI; and
  • if a rent review is due, apply the correct Index number for that review.

Partner, Meryl Snow and Senior Associate, Jodie Cunningham highlight the key areas of interest for landlords and tenants.

Key areas of interest

All Groups - Brisbane

The new All Groups Index number for Brisbane for the September 2019 quarter is 115.5. The Index number for the September 2018 quarter was 113.4, so the new Index number represents an increase of 1.9% over the corresponding quarter for the previous year.

All Groups – Perth

The new All Groups Index number for Perth for the September 2019 quarter is 112.6. The Index number for the September 2018 quarter was 110.8, so the new Index number represents an increase of 1.6% over the corresponding quarter for the previous year.

All Groups – weighted average of eight capital cities

The new All Groups weighted average Index number for the eight capital cities for the September 2019 quarter is 115.4. The weighted average Index number for the September 2018 quarter was 113.5, so the new Index number represents an increase of 1.7% over the corresponding quarter for the previous year.

All Groups – capital cities comparison

At the All Groups level, the CPI rose in all capital cities during the September 2019 quarter when compared to the September 2018 quarter. Hobart again recorded the largest increase in that regard (2.2%) followed by Brisbane and Adelaide (1.9%), and Canberra (1.8%) while the increases for the other capital cities ranged between 0.5% to 1.7%.

A summary of the percentage changes for the capital cities is listed below:

City Index for September 2018 Index for September 2019 Percent change
Sydney 114.7 116.5 1.6
Melbourne 114.0 115.9 1.7
Brisbane 113.4 115.5 1.9
Adelaide 112.4 114.5 1.9
Perth 110.8 112.6 1.6
Hobart 112.2 114.7 2.2
Darwin 110.8 111.3 0.5
Canberra 112.3 114.3 1.8