Australian inflation rate in 1982: 11.07%

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Inflation in 1982 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 11.07% in 1982 compared to 1981. On average, you would have to spend 11.07% more money in 1982 than in 1981 for the same item.

In other words, AU$1 in 1981 is equivalent in purchasing power to about AU$1.11 in 1982.

The 1981 inflation rate was 9.47%. The inflation rate in 1982 was 11.07%. The 1982 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.50% per year between 1982 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1982 was 32.10. It was 28.90 in the previous year, 1981. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1981 to 1982
Average inflation rate 11.07%
Converted amount (AU$1 base) AU$1.11
Price difference (AU$1 base) AU$0.11
CPI in 1981 28.900
CPI in 1982 32.100
Inflation in 1981 9.47%
Inflation in 1982 11.07%

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for AU$1, 1981 to 1982

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1982CPI in 1981
1981 AUD value
1982 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 28.9 in the year 1981 and 32.1 in 1982:


AU$1 in 1981 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$1.11 in 1982.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1981 and 1982, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1982 - CPI in 1981CPI in 1981
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

32.1 - 28.928.9

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 1982 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 25 Apr. 2019,

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