$1 in 1980 → $1.62 in 1986

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$1 in 1980 → $1.62 in 1986

Australian Inflation Rate, $1 in 1980 to 1986

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, prices in 1986 are 62.12% higher than average prices throughout 1980. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 8.39% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, $1 in 1980 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.62 in 1986, a difference of $0.62 over 6 years.

The 1980 inflation rate was 10.46%. The inflation rate in 1986 was 9.18%. The 1986 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.03% per year between 1986 and 2019.


Inflation from 1980 to 1986
Cumulative price change 62.12%
Average inflation rate 8.39%
Converted amount ($1 base) $1.62
Price difference ($1 base) $0.62
CPI in 1980 26.400
CPI in 1986 42.800
Inflation in 1980 10.46%
Inflation in 1986 9.18%

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017


Buying power of $1 in 1980

This chart shows calculation of buying power equivalence, often referred to as "the value of a dollar" over time for $1 in 1980 (price index tracking began in 1922).

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
1980 $1.00 10.46%
1981 $1.09 9.47%
1982 $1.22 11.07%
1983 $1.34 10.28%
1984 $1.39 3.95%
1985 $1.48 6.52%
1986 $1.62 9.18%
1987 $1.76 8.41%
1988 $1.89 7.33%
1989 $2.03 7.43%
1990 $2.18 7.48%
1991 $2.25 3.13%
1992 $2.27 1.01%
1993 $2.31 1.67%
1994 $2.35 1.97%
1995 $2.46 4.67%
1996 $2.53 2.62%
1997 $2.53 0.30%
1998 $2.55 0.75%
1999 $2.59 1.48%
2000 $2.71 4.53%
2001 $2.83 4.34%
2002 $2.91 3.08%
2003 $2.99 2.73%
2004 $3.06 2.28%
2005 $3.14 2.72%
2006 $3.25 3.49%
2007 $3.33 2.33%
2008 $3.48 4.44%
2009 $3.54 1.74%
2010 $3.64 2.89%
2011 $3.76 3.33%
2012 $3.83 1.71%
2013 $3.92 2.48%
2014 $4.02 2.51%
2015 $4.08 1.51%
2016 $4.13 1.30%
2017 $4.21 1.92%
2018 $4.27 1.26%
2019 $4.35 1.90%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $1, 1980 to 1986

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1986CPI in 1980
×
1980 AUD value
=
1986 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 26.4 in the year 1980 and 42.8 in 1986:

42.826.4
×
$1
=
$1.62

$1 in 1980 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1.62 in 1986.

To get the total inflation rate for the 6 years between 1980 and 1986, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1986 - CPI in 1980CPI in 1980
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (6 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

42.8 - 26.426.4
×
100
=
62%

News headlines from 1980

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

  • Princess Victoria is crowned Princess of Sweden.
  • Iranian protesters storm the Russian embassy in Iran.
  • Abdou Diouf is elected president of Senegal after being Prime Minister for ten years.
  • Cable News Network (CNN) is transmitted for the first time.
  • Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq, declares a holy war on Iran.

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: “$1 in 1980 → 1986 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 7 Dec. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1980-AUD-in-1986?amount=1.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

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Inflation from 1980 to 1986
Cumulative price change 62.12%
Average inflation rate 8.39%
Converted amount ($1 base) $1.62
Price difference ($1 base) $0.62
CPI in 1980 26.400
CPI in 1986 42.800
Inflation in 1980 10.46%
Inflation in 1986 9.18%
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