The consumer price index (CPI) in 1938 was 2.6. It was 2.5 in the previous year. This change in CPI is used by the Bureau of Statistics to calculate inflation.

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 4.81% per year. Prices in 2018 are 4,196.15% higher than prices in 1938.

In other words, AU$100 in 1938 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$4,296.15 in 2018, a difference of AU$4,196.15 over 80 years.

The current inflation rate is now 0.45%^{1}. If this number holds, AU$100 today will be equivalent to AU$100.45 next year.

Cumulative price change | 4196.15% |

Average inflation rate | 4.81% |

Converted amount (AU$100 base) | AU$4,296.15 |

Price difference (AU$100 base) | AU$4,196.15 |

CPI in 1938 | 2.6 |

CPI in 2018 | 111.7 |

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1938 * 1938 AUD value = 2018 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 2.6 in the year 1938 and 111.7 in 2018:

111.7 / 2.6 * AU$100 = **AU$4,296.15**

AU$100 in 1938 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$4,296.15 in 2018.

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for AU$100 in 1938 (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 |
---|---|---|

1938 | AU$100.00 | 4.00% |

1939 | AU$100.00 | 0.00% |

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%* |

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

- Anthony Eden resigns as United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary after stating that Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain has appeased Nazi Germany.
- Czechoslovakia is forced to give territory to Germany after the Treaty of Munich was signed by Hitler, Mussolini, Daladier and Chamberlain.
- Joseph Kennedy is named the 44th US Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

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: “Inflation Rate in 1938 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 17 Jul. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/Australia-inflation-rate-in-1938.

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