AU$100 in 1950 → AU$656.82 in 1981

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Australian Inflation Rate, 1950-1981 (AU$100)

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 6.26% per year. Prices in 1981 are 556.8% higher than prices in 1950.

In other words, AU$100 in the year 1950 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$656.82 in 1981, a difference of AU$556.82 over 31 years.

The inflation rate in 1981 was 9.47%.

Inflation from 1950 to 1981
Cumulative price change 556.82%
Average inflation rate 6.26%
Price difference (AU$100 base) AU$556.82
CPI in 1950 4.4
CPI in 1981 28.9

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for AU$100, 1950 to 1981

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1981 / CPI in 1950 * 1950 AUD value = 1981 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 4.4 in the year 1950 and 28.9 in 1981:

28.9 / 4.4 * AU$100 = AU$656.82

AU$100 in 1950 has the same "purchasing power" as AU$656.82 in 1981.

News headlines from 1950

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

  • Jerusalem is proclaimed the capital of Israel by Knesset
  • North Korea invades South Korea.
  • Harry Truman announces that America will seek to develop a hydrogen bomb.
  • Chinese forces occupy Tibet.

Inflation Data Source

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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