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# \$100 in 1979 → \$489.20 in 2020

### Australian Inflation Rate, \$100 in 1979 to 2020

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, today's prices in 2020 are 389.20% higher than average prices since 1979. The Australian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.95% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, \$100 in 1979 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$489.20 in 2020, a difference of \$389.20 over 41 years.

The 1979 inflation rate was 9.13%. The current inflation rate (2019 to 2020) is now 1.90%1. If this number holds, \$100 today will be equivalent in buying power to \$101.90 next year.

 Cumulative price change 389.20% Average inflation rate 3.95% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$489.20 Price difference (\$100 base) \$389.20 CPI in 1979 23.900 CPI in 2020 116.919 Inflation in 1979 9.13% Inflation in 2020 1.90%

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

### Buying power of \$100 in 1979

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$100 in 1979 (price index tracking began in 1922).

For example, if you started with \$100, you would need to end with \$489.20 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$100 is equivalent to \$489.20 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 1979 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
1979 \$100.00 9.13%
1980 \$110.46 10.46%
1981 \$120.92 9.47%
1982 \$134.31 11.07%
1983 \$148.12 10.28%
1984 \$153.97 3.95%
1985 \$164.02 6.52%
1986 \$179.08 9.18%
1987 \$194.14 8.41%
1988 \$208.37 7.33%
1989 \$223.85 7.43%
1990 \$240.59 7.48%
1991 \$248.12 3.13%
1992 \$250.63 1.01%
1993 \$254.81 1.67%
1994 \$259.83 1.97%
1995 \$271.97 4.67%
1996 \$279.08 2.62%
1997 \$279.92 0.30%
1998 \$282.01 0.75%
1999 \$286.19 1.48%
2000 \$299.16 4.53%
2001 \$312.13 4.34%
2002 \$321.76 3.08%
2003 \$330.54 2.73%
2004 \$338.08 2.28%
2005 \$347.28 2.72%
2006 \$359.41 3.49%
2007 \$367.78 2.33%
2008 \$384.10 4.44%
2009 \$390.79 1.74%
2010 \$402.09 2.89%
2011 \$415.48 3.33%
2012 \$422.59 1.71%
2013 \$433.05 2.48%
2014 \$443.93 2.51%
2015 \$450.63 1.51%
2016 \$456.49 1.30%
2017 \$465.27 1.92%
2018 \$471.13 1.26%
2019 \$480.08 1.90%
2020 \$489.20 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 since 1979

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020CPI in 1979
×
1979 AUD value
=
2020 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 23.9 in the year 1979 and 116.91944859999998 in 2020:

116.9194485999999823.9
×
\$100
=
\$489.20

\$100 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$489.20 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 41 years between 1979 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 1979CPI in 1979
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (41 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

116.91944859999998 - 23.923.9
×
100
=
389%

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

• Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after fifteen years of exile.
• Ugandan dictator Idi Amin flees to Libya after the Tanzanian army captures Kampala, Uganda's capital.
• Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of United Kingdom, the first ever woman to hold the position.
• Afghanistan is invaded by the Soviets and overthrowing of President Hafizullah Amin.

### 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: “1979 dollars in 2020 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Jan. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/australia/inflation/1979.

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

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.

 Cumulative price change 389.20% Average inflation rate 3.95% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$489.20 Price difference (\$100 base) \$389.20 CPI in 1979 23.900 CPI in 2020 116.919 Inflation in 1979 9.13% Inflation in 2020 1.90%