Australian inflation rate in 1985: 6.52%

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Inflation in 1985 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 6.52% in 1985 compared to 1984. On average, you would have to spend 6.52% more money in 1985 than in 1984 for the same item.

In other words, AU$1 in 1984 is equivalent in purchasing power to about AU$1.07 in 1985.

The 1984 inflation rate was 3.95%. The inflation rate in 1985 was 6.52%. The 1985 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.21% per year between 1985 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1985 was 39.20. It was 36.80 in the previous year, 1984. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1984 to 1985
Average inflation rate 6.52%
Converted amount (AU$1 base) AU$1.07
Price difference (AU$1 base) AU$0.07
CPI in 1984 36.800
CPI in 1985 39.200
Inflation in 1984 3.95%
Inflation in 1985 6.52%

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for AU$1, 1984 to 1985

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1985CPI in 1984
1984 AUD value
1985 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 36.8 in the year 1984 and 39.2 in 1985:


AU$1 in 1984 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$1.07 in 1985.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1984 and 1985, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1985 - CPI in 1984CPI in 1984
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

39.2 - 36.836.8

News headlines from 1984

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

  • Apple Computer Inc unveils the Macintosh personal computer.
  • Virus causing AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is identified as HTLV-III.
  • Operation Blue Star took place as Indira Gandhi issued command to attack the Golden Temple, holiest site of Sikh's.
  • Indira Gandhi orders an attack on the Golden temple, one of the holiest sites in Sikh tradition, in an operation now called Blue Star.
  • A toxic leak in the Union Carbide factory kills 2,259 people, a further 500,000 are injured.

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 1985 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 25 Apr. 2019,

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