According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, prices in 1985 are 1,125.00% higher than average prices throughout 1946. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 6.64% per year during this period.

In other words, AU$100 in 1946 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$1,225 in 1985, a difference of AU$1,125.00 over 39 years.

The 1946 inflation rate was 0.00%. The inflation rate in 1985 was 6.52%. The 1985 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.21% per year between 1985 and 2019.

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Cumulative price change | 1,125.00% |

Average inflation rate | 6.64% |

Converted amount (AU$100 base) | AU$1,225 |

Price difference (AU$100 base) | AU$1,125.00 |

CPI in 1946 | 3.200 |

CPI in 1985 | 39.200 |

Inflation in 1946 | 0.00% |

Inflation in 1985 | 6.52% |

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for AU$100 in 1946 (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 |
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1946 | AU$100.00 | - |

1947 | AU$106.25 | 6.25% |

1948 | AU$115.63 | 8.82% |

1949 | AU$125.00 | 8.11% |

1950 | AU$137.50 | 10.00% |

1951 | AU$162.50 | 18.18% |

1952 | AU$190.62 | 17.31% |

1953 | AU$200.00 | 4.92% |

1954 | AU$203.13 | 1.56% |

1955 | AU$206.25 | 1.54% |

1956 | AU$218.75 | 6.06% |

1957 | AU$225.00 | 2.86% |

1958 | AU$225.00 | 0.00% |

1959 | AU$231.25 | 2.78% |

1960 | AU$240.63 | 4.05% |

1961 | AU$243.75 | 1.30% |

1962 | AU$243.75 | 0.00% |

1963 | AU$246.88 | 1.28% |

1964 | AU$253.12 | 2.53% |

1965 | AU$262.50 | 3.70% |

1966 | AU$268.75 | 2.38% |

1967 | AU$278.13 | 3.49% |

1968 | AU$287.50 | 3.37% |

1969 | AU$296.88 | 3.26% |

1970 | AU$306.25 | 3.16% |

1971 | AU$325.00 | 6.12% |

1972 | AU$343.75 | 5.77% |

1973 | AU$375.00 | 9.09% |

1974 | AU$434.38 | 15.83% |

1975 | AU$500.00 | 15.11% |

1976 | AU$565.63 | 13.13% |

1977 | AU$634.38 | 12.15% |

1978 | AU$684.37 | 7.88% |

1979 | AU$746.87 | 9.13% |

1980 | AU$825.00 | 10.46% |

1981 | AU$903.12 | 9.47% |

1982 | AU$1,003.13 | 11.07% |

1983 | AU$1,106.25 | 10.28% |

1984 | AU$1,150.00 | 3.95% |

1985 | AU$1,225.00 | 6.52% |

1986 | AU$1,337.50 | 9.18% |

1987 | AU$1,450.00 | 8.41% |

1988 | AU$1,556.25 | 7.33% |

1989 | AU$1,671.88 | 7.43% |

1990 | AU$1,796.88 | 7.48% |

1991 | AU$1,853.12 | 3.13% |

1992 | AU$1,871.88 | 1.01% |

1993 | AU$1,903.13 | 1.67% |

1994 | AU$1,940.63 | 1.97% |

1995 | AU$2,031.25 | 4.67% |

1996 | AU$2,084.38 | 2.62% |

1997 | AU$2,090.63 | 0.30% |

1998 | AU$2,106.25 | 0.75% |

1999 | AU$2,137.50 | 1.48% |

2000 | AU$2,234.38 | 4.53% |

2001 | AU$2,331.25 | 4.34% |

2002 | AU$2,403.13 | 3.08% |

2003 | AU$2,468.75 | 2.73% |

2004 | AU$2,525.00 | 2.28% |

2005 | AU$2,593.75 | 2.72% |

2006 | AU$2,684.38 | 3.49% |

2007 | AU$2,746.88 | 2.33% |

2008 | AU$2,868.75 | 4.44% |

2009 | AU$2,918.75 | 1.74% |

2010 | AU$3,003.12 | 2.89% |

2011 | AU$3,103.12 | 3.33% |

2012 | AU$3,156.25 | 1.71% |

2013 | AU$3,234.38 | 2.48% |

2014 | AU$3,315.62 | 2.51% |

2015 | AU$3,365.63 | 1.51% |

2016 | AU$3,409.37 | 1.30% |

2017 | AU$3,475.00 | 1.92% |

2018 | AU$3,518.75 | 1.26% |

2019 | AU$3,585.61 | 1.90%* |

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1985CPI in 1946

×

1946 AUD value

=

1985 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 3.2 in the year 1946 and 39.2 in 1985:

39.23.2

×

AU$100

=

AU$100 in 1946 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$1,225 in 1985.

To get the total inflation rate for the 39 years between 1946 and 1985, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1985 - CPI in 1946CPI in 1946

×

100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

39.2 - 3.23.2

×

100

=

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

- The United Nations General Assembly meets for the first time in London.
- President Harry Truman sets up the Central Intelligence Agency or CIA.
- The US State Department releases the Acheson-Lilenthal Report outlining a plan for how the US can limit nuclear power internationally, marking the beginning of Cold War.
- Twenty-two Nazi leaders found guilty of war crimes during the Nuremburg trials.

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: “1946 dollars in 1985 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 21 Feb. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1946-AUD-in-1985.

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