AU$100 in 1939 → AU$4,142.31 in 2015

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Australian Inflation Rate, AU$100 in 1939 to 2015

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, prices in 2015 are 4,042.31% higher than prices in 1939. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 5.02% per year during this period.

In other words, AU$100 in 1939 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$4,142.31 in 2015, a difference of AU$4,042.31 over 76 years.

The 1939 inflation rate was 0.00%. The inflation rate in 2015 was 1.51%. The 2015 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.22% per year between 2015 and 2018.


Inflation from 1939 to 2015
Cumulative price change 4,042.31%
Average inflation rate 5.02%
Converted amount (AU$100 base) AU$4,142.31
Price difference (AU$100 base) AU$4,042.31
CPI in 1939 2.600
CPI in 2015 107.700
Inflation in 1939 0.00%
Inflation in 2015 1.51%


AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017


Buying power of AU$100 since 1939

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for AU$100 in 1939 (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:

Year AUD Value Inflation Rate
1939 AU$100.00 -
1940 AU$103.85 3.85%
1941 AU$107.69 3.70%
1942 AU$119.23 10.71%
1943 AU$123.08 3.23%
1944 AU$123.08 0.00%
1945 AU$123.08 0.00%
1946 AU$123.08 0.00%
1947 AU$130.77 6.25%
1948 AU$142.31 8.82%
1949 AU$153.85 8.11%
1950 AU$169.23 10.00%
1951 AU$200.00 18.18%
1952 AU$234.62 17.31%
1953 AU$246.15 4.92%
1954 AU$250.00 1.56%
1955 AU$253.85 1.54%
1956 AU$269.23 6.06%
1957 AU$276.92 2.86%
1958 AU$276.92 0.00%
1959 AU$284.62 2.78%
1960 AU$296.15 4.05%
1961 AU$300.00 1.30%
1962 AU$300.00 0.00%
1963 AU$303.85 1.28%
1964 AU$311.54 2.53%
1965 AU$323.08 3.70%
1966 AU$330.77 2.38%
1967 AU$342.31 3.49%
1968 AU$353.85 3.37%
1969 AU$365.38 3.26%
1970 AU$376.92 3.16%
1971 AU$400.00 6.12%
1972 AU$423.08 5.77%
1973 AU$461.54 9.09%
1974 AU$534.62 15.83%
1975 AU$615.38 15.11%
1976 AU$696.15 13.13%
1977 AU$780.77 12.15%
1978 AU$842.31 7.88%
1979 AU$919.23 9.13%
1980 AU$1,015.38 10.46%
1981 AU$1,111.54 9.47%
1982 AU$1,234.62 11.07%
1983 AU$1,361.54 10.28%
1984 AU$1,415.38 3.95%
1985 AU$1,507.69 6.52%
1986 AU$1,646.15 9.18%
1987 AU$1,784.62 8.41%
1988 AU$1,915.38 7.33%
1989 AU$2,057.69 7.43%
1990 AU$2,211.54 7.48%
1991 AU$2,280.77 3.13%
1992 AU$2,303.85 1.01%
1993 AU$2,342.31 1.67%
1994 AU$2,388.46 1.97%
1995 AU$2,500.00 4.67%
1996 AU$2,565.38 2.62%
1997 AU$2,573.08 0.30%
1998 AU$2,592.31 0.75%
1999 AU$2,630.77 1.48%
2000 AU$2,750.00 4.53%
2001 AU$2,869.23 4.34%
2002 AU$2,957.69 3.08%
2003 AU$3,038.46 2.73%
2004 AU$3,107.69 2.28%
2005 AU$3,192.31 2.72%
2006 AU$3,303.85 3.49%
2007 AU$3,380.77 2.33%
2008 AU$3,530.77 4.44%
2009 AU$3,592.31 1.74%
2010 AU$3,696.15 2.89%
2011 AU$3,819.23 3.33%
2012 AU$3,884.62 1.71%
2013 AU$3,980.77 2.48%
2014 AU$4,080.77 2.51%
2015 AU$4,142.31 1.51%
2016 AU$4,196.15 1.30%
2017 AU$4,276.92 1.92%
2018 AU$4,296.15 0.45%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for AU$100, 1939 to 2015

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2015CPI in 1939
×
1939 AUD value
=
2015 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 2.6 in the year 1939 and 107.7 in 2015:

107.72.6
×
AU$100
=
AU$4,142.31

AU$100 in 1939 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$4,142.31 in 2015.

To get the total inflation rate for the 76 years between 1939 and 2015, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2015 - CPI in 1939CPI in 1939
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (76 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

107.7 - 2.62.6
×
100
=
4,042%

News headlines from 1939

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

  • Hitler makes a speech to the German Reichstag where he threatens Jews.
  • Mahatma Gandhi begins his fast in protest against Britain’s autocratic rule in India
  • The Battle of Nanchang takes place between the Kuomintang ant the Japanese, during Sino-Japanese War.
  • The Spanish Civil War ends when Madrid falls to Francisco Franco.
  • Britain and France declare war on Germany after it invades Poland, signaling the start of World War II.
  • Mussolini’s Italy joins Hitler's war against Great Britain and France.
  • Winston Churchill is named British Prime Minister, succeeding Neville Chamberlain.
  • Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France begins when the Germans cross the Muese River.
  • Auschwitz concentration camp is opened in Nazi-controlled Poland.

Data Source & Citation

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: “1939 dollars in 2015 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 16 Nov. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1939-AUD-in-2015.

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


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