According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, prices in 1986 are 1,375.86% higher than average prices throughout 1928. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 4.75% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, AU$100 in 1928 is equivalent in purchasing power to about AU$1,475.86 in 1986, a difference of AU$1,375.86 over 58 years.

The 1928 inflation rate was 3.57%. The inflation rate in 1986 was 9.18%. The 1986 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.03% per year between 1986 and 2019.

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Cumulative price change | 1,375.86% |

Average inflation rate | 4.75% |

Converted amount (AU$100 base) | AU$1,475.86 |

Price difference (AU$100 base) | AU$1,375.86 |

CPI in 1928 | 2.900 |

CPI in 1986 | 42.800 |

Inflation in 1928 | 3.57% |

Inflation in 1986 | 9.18% |

This chart shows calculation of buying power equivalence, often referred to as "the value of a dollar" over time for AU$100 in 1928 (price index tracking began in 1922).

According to the Bureau of Statistics, each of these AUD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1986CPI in 1928

×

1928 AUD value

=

1986 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 2.9 in the year 1928 and 42.8 in 1986:

42.82.9

×

AU$100

=

AU$100 in 1928 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$1,475.86 in 1986.

To get the total inflation rate for the 58 years between 1928 and 1986, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1986 - CPI in 1928CPI in 1928

×

100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

42.8 - 2.92.9

×

100

=

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

- Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
- Jawaharlal Nehru requests Indian independence.
- Alexander Fleming, a Scottish bacteriologist, accidentally discovers penicillin while studying influenza.

Raw data for these calculations comes from the government of Australia's annual (CPI) as provided by the Reserve Bank of Australia. The consumer price index was established in 1922 and is tracked by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “1928 dollars in 1986 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 16 Nov. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1928-AUD-in-1986.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.

Cumulative price change | 1,375.86% |

Average inflation rate | 4.75% |

Converted amount (AU$100 base) | AU$1,475.86 |

Price difference (AU$100 base) | AU$1,375.86 |

CPI in 1928 | 2.900 |

CPI in 1986 | 42.800 |

Inflation in 1928 | 3.57% |

Inflation in 1986 | 9.18% |