Australian inflation rate in 1997: 0.30%

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Inflation in 1997 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 0.30% in 1997 compared to the previous year, 1996. On average, you would have to spend 0.30% more money in 1997 than in 1996 for the same item.

In other words, AU$1 in 1996 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$1.00 in 1997.

The 1996 inflation rate was 2.62%. The inflation rate in 1997 was 0.30%. The 1997 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.48% per year between 1997 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1997 was 66.9. It was 66.7 in the previous year, 1996. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1996 to 1997
Average inflation rate 0.30%
Converted amount (AU$1 base) AU$1.00
Price difference (AU$1 base) AU$0.00
CPI in 1996 66.700
CPI in 1997 66.900
Inflation in 1996 2.62%
Inflation in 1997 0.30%

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for AU$1, 1996 to 1997

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1997CPI in 1996
1996 AUD value
1997 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 66.7 in the year 1996 and 66.9 in 1997:


AU$1 in 1996 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$1.00 in 1997.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1996 and 1997, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1997 - CPI in 1996CPI in 1996
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

66.9 - 66.766.7

News headlines from 1996

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

  • The Motorola StarTAC, the first clamshell flip phone, goes on sale worldwide.
  • Osama bin Laden issues "A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places".
  • Bill Clinton signs the Welfare Reform Bill into law.

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 1997 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 20 Mar. 2019,

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