Australian inflation rate in 1983: 10.28%

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Inflation in 1983 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 10.28% in 1983 compared to 1982. On average, you would have to spend 10.28% more money in 1983 than in 1982 for the same item.

In other words, AU$1 in 1982 is equivalent in purchasing power to about AU$1.10 in 1983.

The 1982 inflation rate was 11.07%. The inflation rate in 1983 was 10.28%. The 1983 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.32% per year between 1983 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1983 was 35.40. It was 32.10 in the previous year, 1982. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1982 to 1983
Average inflation rate 10.28%
Converted amount (AU$1 base) AU$1.10
Price difference (AU$1 base) AU$0.10
CPI in 1982 32.100
CPI in 1983 35.400
Inflation in 1982 11.07%
Inflation in 1983 10.28%

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for AU$1, 1982 to 1983

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1983CPI in 1982
1982 AUD value
1983 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 32.1 in the year 1982 and 35.4 in 1983:


AU$1 in 1982 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$1.10 in 1983.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1982 and 1983, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1983 - CPI in 1982CPI in 1982
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

35.4 - 32.132.1

News headlines from 1982

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

  • The Falkland Islands are seized from Great Britain by several thousand Argentine troops.
  • Canada's constitution is adopted.
  • The General Belgrano, an Argentine cruiser is sunk by Conqueror, a British Submarine; more than 350 men are killed
  • Argentina surrenders to Great Britain ending the Falklands conflict.

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 1983 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 25 Apr. 2019,

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