Australian inflation rate in 1956: 6.06%

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Inflation in 1956 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 6.06% in 1956 compared to 1955. On average, you would have to spend 6.06% more money in 1956 than in 1955 for the same item.

In other words, AU$1 in 1955 is equivalent in purchasing power to about AU$1.06 in 1956.

The 1955 inflation rate was 1.54%. The inflation rate in 1956 was 6.06%. The 1956 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 4.54% per year between 1956 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1956 was 7.00. It was 6.60 in the previous year, 1955. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1955 to 1956
Average inflation rate 6.06%
Converted amount (AU$1 base) AU$1.06
Price difference (AU$1 base) AU$0.06
CPI in 1955 6.600
CPI in 1956 7.000
Inflation in 1955 1.54%
Inflation in 1956 6.06%

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for AU$1, 1955 to 1956

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1956CPI in 1955
1955 AUD value
1956 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 6.6 in the year 1955 and 7 in 1956:


AU$1 in 1955 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$1.06 in 1956.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1955 and 1956, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1956 - CPI in 1955CPI in 1955
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

7 - 6.66.6

News headlines from 1955

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

  • The occupying powers grant full Sovereignty to West Germany.
  • The Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons is signed by 18 Nobel laureates.
  • Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama for refusing to give her seat to a white person and move to the back of the bus.

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 1956 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 May. 2019,

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