Consumer prices in Australia dropped by 0.3% year-on-year in Q2 2020, compared with market consensus of a 0.4% fall and after a 2.2% rise in Q1. This was the first decline in consumer prices since Q3 1997, as the economy struggled to contain the COVID-19. Transport prices fell for the first time since Q4 2016 (-7.5% vs 2.6% in Q1), while cost of furnishings dropped for first time in four quarters (-9.8% vs 2.2%). Also, cost of communication fell further (-3.6% vs -3.4%), with prices of recreation down for first time since Q2 2017 (-0.3% vs 1.3%), and those of education declining for the first time on record (-1% vs 2.7%). Meanwhile, cost slowed for both housing (0.1% vs 0.6%) and clothing (0.5% vs 2%). Food prices jumped to a near 9-year high of 4.1% (vs 3.2%). Also, cost rose further for both alcohol & tobacco (8.4% vs 7.9%) and insurance & financial services (1.7% vs 1.6%). On a quarterly basis, consumer prices dropped 1.9% in Q2, the largest quarterly fall in history.
Inflation Rate in Australia averaged 4.92 percent from 1951 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 23.90 percent in the fourth quarter of 1951 and a record low of -1.30 percent in the second quarter of 1962. This page provides the latest reported value for - Australia Inflation Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Australia Inflation Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2020. source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
Inflation Rate in Australia is expected to be 0.30 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Inflation Rate in Australia to stand at 1.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Australia Inflation Rate is projected to trend around 1.90 percent in 2021 and 2.10 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.