Australian inflation rate in 1998: 0.75%

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Inflation in 1998 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 0.75% in 1998 compared to 1997. On average, you would have to spend 0.75% more money in 1998 than in 1997 for the same item.

In other words, AU$1 in 1997 is equivalent in purchasing power to about AU$1.01 in 1998.

The 1997 inflation rate was 0.30%. The inflation rate in 1998 was 0.75%. The 1998 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.57% per year between 1998 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1998 was 67.40. It was 66.90 in the previous year, 1997. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1997 to 1998
Average inflation rate 0.75%
Converted amount (AU$1 base) AU$1.01
Price difference (AU$1 base) AU$0.01
CPI in 1997 66.900
CPI in 1998 67.400
Inflation in 1997 0.30%
Inflation in 1998 0.75%

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for AU$1, 1997 to 1998

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1998CPI in 1997
1997 AUD value
1998 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 66.9 in the year 1997 and 67.4 in 1998:


AU$1 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$1.01 in 1998.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1997 and 1998, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1998 - CPI in 1997CPI in 1997
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

67.4 - 66.966.9

News headlines from 1997

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

  • Production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons is outlawed as the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 comes into force.
  • The British lease of the New Territories in Hong Kong expires.
  • Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in Paris.
  • Hong Kong begins slaughtering chickens to prevent bird flu.

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 1998 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Apr. 2019,

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