Australian inflation rate in 1981: 9.47%

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Inflation in 1981 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 9.47% in 1981 compared to 1980. On average, you would have to spend 9.47% more money in 1981 than in 1980 for the same item.

In other words, AU$1 in 1980 is equivalent in purchasing power to about AU$1.09 in 1981.

The 1980 inflation rate was 10.46%. The inflation rate in 1981 was 9.47%. The 1981 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.70% per year between 1981 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1981 was 28.90. It was 26.40 in the previous year, 1980. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1980 to 1981
Average inflation rate 9.47%
Converted amount (AU$1 base) AU$1.09
Price difference (AU$1 base) AU$0.09
CPI in 1980 26.400
CPI in 1981 28.900
Inflation in 1980 10.46%
Inflation in 1981 9.47%

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for AU$1, 1980 to 1981

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1981CPI in 1980
1980 AUD value
1981 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 26.4 in the year 1980 and 28.9 in 1981:


AU$1 in 1980 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$1.09 in 1981.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1980 and 1981, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1981 - CPI in 1980CPI in 1980
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

28.9 - 26.426.4

News headlines from 1980

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

  • Princess Victoria is crowned Princess of Sweden.
  • Iranian protesters storm the Russian embassy in Iran.
  • Abdou Diouf is elected president of Senegal after being Prime Minister for ten years.
  • Cable News Network (CNN) is transmitted for the first time.
  • Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq, declares a holy war on Iran.

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 1981 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 May. 2019,

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images. is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.

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