Australian inflation rate in 1952: 17.31%

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Inflation in 1952 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 17.31% in 1952 compared to 1951. On average, you would have to spend 17.31% more money in 1952 than in 1951 for the same item.

In other words, AU$1 in 1951 is equivalent in purchasing power to about AU$1.17 in 1952.

The 1951 inflation rate was 18.18%. The inflation rate in 1952 was 17.31%. The 1952 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 4.48% per year between 1952 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1952 was 6.10. It was 5.20 in the previous year, 1951. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1951 to 1952
Average inflation rate 17.31%
Converted amount (AU$1 base) AU$1.17
Price difference (AU$1 base) AU$0.17
CPI in 1951 5.200
CPI in 1952 6.100
Inflation in 1951 18.18%
Inflation in 1952 17.31%

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for AU$1, 1951 to 1952

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1952CPI in 1951
1951 AUD value
1952 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 5.2 in the year 1951 and 6.1 in 1952:


AU$1 in 1951 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$1.17 in 1952.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1951 and 1952, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1952 - CPI in 1951CPI in 1951
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

6.1 - 5.25.2

News headlines from 1951

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

  • Stalin's announces that the USSR has developed an atomic bomb.
  • Luis Miramontes, a Mexican chemist, successfully synthesises the first oral contraceptive.
  • The first underground atomic explosion happens at Frenchman Flat, Nevada.

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: “Inflation Rate in 1952 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Apr. 2019,

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