Prices

Information about consumer price, wage, tender, house price and standard of living indexes in the Northern Territory and across Australia.

Consumer price index (CPI)

Index Dec 16 Sep 16 Dec 15 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Darwin 108.6 108.7 109.0 -0.1 -0.4
Australia (eight city average) 110.0 109.4 108.4 0.5 1.5
Darwin CPI selected component contribution




Food and non-alcoholic beverages 103.9 104.4 103.5 -0.5 0.4
Housing 110.8 111.5 113.4 -0.6 -2.3
Rents 107.6 109.8 114.9 -2.0 -6.4
Utilities 130.6 130.7 136.0 -0.1 -4.0
Transportation 101.0 101.4 104.3 -0.4 -3.2

Index series reset to 100 in 2011-12.
Source: ABS Cat No 6401

Percentage (%) 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Darwin CPI 3.9 3.3 0.2 0.0
Australia (eight city average) CPI 2.4 3.0 1.5 1.0

Source: ABS Cat No 6401

Consumer price index range, minimum / maximum and current value

Consumer price index - quarterly data: Since 2000, the minimum quarterly change in Darwin consumer price index has been -0.9% and the maximum 3.4%; typically retail trade growth ranges between 0.0% and 1.3 per cent. In the December quarter 2016, the consumer price index decreased 0.1%.Inflation aggregates - annual data: Inflation has been below the Reserve Bank target band in recent quarters in the eight capital cities and Darwin.

Wage price index (quarterly)

Base year 2008-09, index
Total hourly rates of pay (excluding bonuses) 
Dec 16 Sep 16 Dec 15 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 126.6 126.0 124.0 0.5 2.1
Australia 125.1 124.6 122.7 0.4 2.0

Source: ABS Cat No 6345

Wage price index (yearly)


Northern Territory Australia
Base year 2008-09 = 100, index 2015-16 2014-15 Annual % change 2015-16 2014-15 Annual % change
All sectors 124.1 121.4 2.2 123.0 120.4 2.2
Private sector 123.2 121.0 1.8 122.5 120.1 2.0
Public sector 125.8 122.0 3.1 124.6 121.6 2.5

Source: ABS Cat No 6345

Wage price index range, minimum / maximum and current value

Wage price index - quarterly data: Since 2000, the minimum quarterly change in Northern Territory wage price index has been 0.1% and the maximum 1.8%; typically wage price index growth ranges between 0.4% and 1.2%. In the December quarter 2016, the consumer price index increased 0.5%.Wage price index - YonY data: Public sector wage price index has increased faster than private sector wage price index since 2014.

Construction tender price index

Index Dec 15 Sep 15 Dec 14 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Darwin 160.7 160.3 161.1 0.2 -0.2
Brisbane​ 131.6 129.3 122.4 1.8 7.5
Melbourne​ 146.8 146 143.9 0.5 2.0
Perth​ 150 ​149.6 150.7 0.3 -0.5

Source: Readers Digest Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall

Residential house price index

Residential property price, index Dec 16 Sep 16 Dec 15 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Sydney 167.6 159.3 151.9 5.2 10.3
Melbourne​ 140.0 132.9 126.3 5.3 10.8
Brisbane​ 121.4 118.8 117.0 2.2 3.8
Adelaide​ 115.3 113.3 110.8 1.8 4.1
Perth​ 106.6 106.3 111.2 0.3 -4.1
Hobart 118.5 113.4 108.9 4.5 8.8
Darwin​ 102.4 104.0 110.1 -1.5 -7.0
Canberra​ 116.7 113.5 110.6 2.8 5.5
Eight capitals 140.6 135.0 130.6 4.1 7.7

2011-12 = 100
Source: ABS Cat No 6416.0

Established house price, index Dec 16 Sep 16 Dec 15 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Sydney 174.4 164.4 155.7 6.1 12.0
Melbourne​ 146.8 138.5 129.8 6.0 13.1
Brisbane​ 123.9 120.4 118.4 2.9 4.6
Adelaide​ 117.7 115.7 112.8 1.7 4.3
Perth​ 107.7 106.8 111.9 0.8 -3.8
Hobart 118.9 113.9 109.8 4.4 8.3
Darwin​ 102.1 103.3 110.8 -1.2 -7.9
Canberra​ 121.2 117.7 113.7 3.0 6.6
Eight capitals 143.8 137.3 132.1 4.7 8.9

Source: ABS Cat No 6416.0

Attached dwelling price, index Dec 16 Sep 16 Dec 15 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Sydney 153.8 149.2 144.1 3.1 6.7
Melbourne 119.2 115.9 115.5 2.8 3.2
Brisbane​ 110.5 112.0 110.8 -1.3 -0.3
Adelaide​ 106.3 103.8 103.3 2.4 2.9
Perth​ 102.2 104.0 107.8 -1.7 -5.2
Hobart​ 116.2 110.2 104.1 5.4 11.6
Darwin​ 103.1 105.7 108.5 -2.5 -5.0
Canberra 102.7 100.4 100.7 2.3 2.0
Eight capitals 131.3 128.4 126.2 2.3 4.0

Source: ABS Cat No 6416.0

Cost and standard of living

Jurisdiction city cost of living, annual % change Sep 15
New South Wales 1.1
Victoria 1.0
Queensland 0.5
South Australia 0.6
Western Australia 0.7
Tasmania 0.3
Northern Territory -0.2
Australian Capital Territory ​0.4
Australia 0.5

Source: NATSEM

Financial standard of living - jurisdiction, annual % change Sep 15
New South Wales 0.0
Victoria -0.2
Queensland 1.9
South Australia 2.7
Western Australia -0.5
Tasmania 3.8
Northern Territory 1.1
Australian Capital Territory 0.6
Australia​ 1.6

Source: NATSEM

Last updated: 11 April 2017