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# \$100 in 1944 → \$1,225 in 1985

### Australian Inflation Rate, \$100 in 1944 to 1985

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, prices in 1985 are 1,125.00% higher than average prices since 1944. The Australian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 6.30% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, \$100 in 1944 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$1,225 in 1985, a difference of \$1,125.00 over 41 years.

The 1944 inflation rate was 0.00%. The inflation rate in 1985 was 6.52%. The 1985 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.17% per year between 1985 and 2020.

 Cumulative price change 1,125.00% Average inflation rate 6.30% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$1,225 Price difference (\$100 base) \$1,125.00 CPI in 1944 3.200 CPI in 1985 39.200 Inflation in 1944 0.00% Inflation in 1985 6.52%

AUD Inflation since 1922
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Statistics CPI

### Buying power of \$100 in 1944

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$100 in 1944 (price index tracking began in 1922).

For example, if you started with \$100, you would need to end with \$1,225 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$100 is equivalent to \$1,225 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single Australian dollar decreases over time. In other words, a dollar will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a dollar over time. By calculating the value in 1944 dollars, the chart below shows how \$100 buys less over the past 41 years.

According to the Bureau of Statistics, each of these AUD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1944 \$100.00 -
1945 \$100.00 0.00%
1946 \$100.00 0.00%
1947 \$106.25 6.25%
1948 \$115.63 8.82%
1949 \$125.00 8.11%
1950 \$137.50 10.00%
1951 \$162.50 18.18%
1952 \$190.62 17.31%
1953 \$200.00 4.92%
1954 \$203.13 1.56%
1955 \$206.25 1.54%
1956 \$218.75 6.06%
1957 \$225.00 2.86%
1958 \$225.00 0.00%
1959 \$231.25 2.78%
1960 \$240.63 4.05%
1961 \$243.75 1.30%
1962 \$243.75 0.00%
1963 \$246.88 1.28%
1964 \$253.12 2.53%
1965 \$262.50 3.70%
1966 \$268.75 2.38%
1967 \$278.13 3.49%
1968 \$287.50 3.37%
1969 \$296.88 3.26%
1970 \$306.25 3.16%
1971 \$325.00 6.12%
1972 \$343.75 5.77%
1973 \$375.00 9.09%
1974 \$434.38 15.83%
1975 \$500.00 15.11%
1976 \$565.63 13.13%
1977 \$634.38 12.15%
1978 \$684.37 7.88%
1979 \$746.87 9.13%
1980 \$825.00 10.46%
1981 \$903.12 9.47%
1982 \$1,003.13 11.07%
1983 \$1,106.25 10.28%
1984 \$1,150.00 3.95%
1985 \$1,225.00 6.52%
1986 \$1,337.50 9.18%
1987 \$1,450.00 8.41%
1988 \$1,556.25 7.33%
1989 \$1,671.88 7.43%
1990 \$1,796.88 7.48%
1991 \$1,853.12 3.13%
1992 \$1,871.88 1.01%
1993 \$1,903.13 1.67%
1994 \$1,940.63 1.97%
1995 \$2,031.25 4.67%
1996 \$2,084.38 2.62%
1997 \$2,090.63 0.30%
1998 \$2,106.25 0.75%
1999 \$2,137.50 1.48%
2000 \$2,234.38 4.53%
2001 \$2,331.25 4.34%
2002 \$2,403.13 3.08%
2003 \$2,468.75 2.73%
2004 \$2,525.00 2.28%
2005 \$2,593.75 2.72%
2006 \$2,684.38 3.49%
2007 \$2,746.88 2.33%
2008 \$2,868.75 4.44%
2009 \$2,918.75 1.74%
2010 \$3,003.12 2.89%
2011 \$3,103.12 3.33%
2012 \$3,156.25 1.71%
2013 \$3,234.38 2.48%
2014 \$3,315.62 2.51%
2015 \$3,365.63 1.51%
2016 \$3,409.37 1.30%
2017 \$3,475.00 1.92%
2018 \$3,518.75 1.26%
2019 \$3,585.61 1.90%
2020 \$3,653.73 1.90%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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### How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$100, 1944 to 1985

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1985CPI in 1944
×
1944 AUD value
=
1985 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 3.2 in the year 1944 and 39.2 in 1985:

39.23.2
×
\$100
=
\$1,225

\$100 in 1944 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1,225 in 1985.

To get the total inflation rate for the 41 years between 1944 and 1985, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1985 - CPI in 1944CPI in 1944
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (41 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

39.2 - 3.23.2
×
100
=
1,125%

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

• Leningrad is liberated after 880 days of German rule: 600,000 men lose their lives during the occupation.
• The first of more than 180,000 Jews arrive at Auschwitz.
• Paris is liberated from Nazi occupation in an event known as Freedom Tuesday.
• Nazis crush the Warsaw Uprising, killing 250,000 people.

### 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: “1944 dollars in 1985 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Jan. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1944-AUD-in-1985.