Australian inflation rate in 1981: 9.47%

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Inflation since 1981 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1981 was 28.9. It was 26.4 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 3.72% per year. Prices in 2018 are 286.51% higher than prices in 1981.

In other words, AU$100 in 1981 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$386.51 in 2018, a difference of AU$286.51 over 37 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.

Inflation from 1981 to 2018
Cumulative price change 286.51%
Average inflation rate 3.72%
Converted amount (AU$100 base) AU$386.51
Price difference (AU$100 base) AU$286.51
CPI in 1981 28.9
CPI in 2018 111.7


AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017


How to calculate the inflation rate for AU$100 since 1981

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1981 * 1981 AUD value = 2018 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 28.9 in the year 1981 and 111.7 in 2018:

111.7 / 28.9 * AU$100 = AU$386.51

AU$100 in 1981 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$386.51 in 2018.


Buying power of AU$100 since 1981

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for AU$100 in 1981 (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
1981 AU$100.00 9.47%
1982 AU$111.07 11.07%
1983 AU$122.49 10.28%
1984 AU$127.34 3.95%
1985 AU$135.64 6.52%
1986 AU$148.10 9.18%
1987 AU$160.55 8.41%
1988 AU$172.32 7.33%
1989 AU$185.12 7.43%
1990 AU$198.96 7.48%
1991 AU$205.19 3.13%
1992 AU$207.27 1.01%
1993 AU$210.73 1.67%
1994 AU$214.88 1.97%
1995 AU$224.91 4.67%
1996 AU$230.80 2.62%
1997 AU$231.49 0.30%
1998 AU$233.22 0.75%
1999 AU$236.68 1.48%
2000 AU$247.40 4.53%
2001 AU$258.13 4.34%
2002 AU$266.09 3.08%
2003 AU$273.36 2.73%
2004 AU$279.58 2.28%
2005 AU$287.20 2.72%
2006 AU$297.23 3.49%
2007 AU$304.15 2.33%
2008 AU$317.65 4.44%
2009 AU$323.18 1.74%
2010 AU$332.53 2.89%
2011 AU$343.60 3.33%
2012 AU$349.48 1.71%
2013 AU$358.13 2.48%
2014 AU$367.13 2.51%
2015 AU$372.66 1.51%
2016 AU$377.51 1.30%
2017 AU$384.78 1.92%
2018 AU$386.51 0.45%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1981

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

  • Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the President of the United States.
  • IBM introduces its first PC - Personal Computer.
  • United States Center for Disease Control reports that pneumonia is affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles, which marks the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.

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, 17 Jul. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/Australia-inflation-rate-in-1981.

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


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