According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 5.76% per year. Prices in 1981 are 1011.5% higher than prices in 1938.
In other words, AU$100 in the year 1938 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$1,111.54 in 1981, a difference of AU$1,011.54 over 43 years.
The inflation rate in 1981 was 9.47%.
|Cumulative price change||1011.54%|
|Average inflation rate||5.76%|
|Price difference (AU$100 base)||AU$1,011.54|
|CPI in 1938||2.6|
|CPI in 1981||28.9|
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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).
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