Australian inflation rate in 1987: 8.41%

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Inflation in 1987 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 8.41% in 1987 compared to 1986. On average, you would have to spend 8.41% more money in 1987 than in 1986 for the same item.

In other words, AU$1 in 1986 is equivalent in purchasing power to about AU$1.08 in 1987.

The 1986 inflation rate was 9.18%. The inflation rate in 1987 was 8.41%. The 1987 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.87% per year between 1987 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1987 was 46.40. It was 42.80 in the previous year, 1986. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1986 to 1987
Average inflation rate 8.41%
Converted amount (AU$1 base) AU$1.08
Price difference (AU$1 base) AU$0.08
CPI in 1986 42.800
CPI in 1987 46.400
Inflation in 1986 9.18%
Inflation in 1987 8.41%

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for AU$1, 1986 to 1987

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1987CPI in 1986
1986 AUD value
1987 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 42.8 in the year 1986 and 46.4 in 1987:


AU$1 in 1986 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$1.08 in 1987.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1986 and 1987, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1987 - CPI in 1986CPI in 1986
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

46.4 - 42.842.8

News headlines from 1986

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

  • Ferdinand Marcos becomes president of the Philippines after rigged elections.
  • 6.5 million People hold hands across the US in an event referred to as Hands Across America.
  • Doctors announce that the drug AZT will be available to AIDS patients.
  • Talks between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev begin at the Reykjavik summit.
  • Mrs. Davina Thompson receives the first heart, lung and liver transplant in Cambridge, England.

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 1987 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 25 Apr. 2019,

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