Australian inflation rate in 1954: 1.56%

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Inflation in 1954 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 1.56% in 1954 compared to 1953. On average, you would have to spend 1.56% more money in 1954 than in 1953 for the same item.

In other words, AU$1 in 1953 is equivalent in purchasing power to about AU$1.02 in 1954.

The 1953 inflation rate was 4.92%. The inflation rate in 1954 was 1.56%. The 1954 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 4.52% per year between 1954 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1954 was 6.50. It was 6.40 in the previous year, 1953. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1953 to 1954
Average inflation rate 1.56%
Converted amount (AU$1 base) AU$1.02
Price difference (AU$1 base) AU$0.02
CPI in 1953 6.400
CPI in 1954 6.500
Inflation in 1953 4.92%
Inflation in 1954 1.56%

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for AU$1, 1953 to 1954

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1954CPI in 1953
1953 AUD value
1954 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 6.4 in the year 1953 and 6.5 in 1954:


AU$1 in 1953 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$1.02 in 1954.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1953 and 1954, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1954 - CPI in 1953CPI in 1953
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

6.5 - 6.46.4

News headlines from 1953

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

  • Harry Truman announces that America had developed a hydrogen bomb.
  • Francis Crick and James Watson announce the discovery of the DNA molecule.
  • Doctor Jonas Salk announces the creation of a polio vaccine.

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 1954 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 Apr. 2019,

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