$100 in 1980 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $515.86 today, an increase of $415.86 over 43 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 3.89% per year between 1980 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 415.86%.

This means that today's prices are 5.16 times as high as average prices since 1980, according to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 19.385% of what it could buy back then.

The inflation rate in 1980 was 10.46%. The current inflation rate compared to last year is now 8.00%. If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent in buying power to $108.00 next year.

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Cumulative price change | 415.86% |

Average inflation rate | 3.89% |

Converted amount $100 base | $515.86 |

Price difference $100 base | $415.86 |

CPI in 1980 | 26.400 |

CPI in 2023 | 136.188 |

Inflation in 1980 | 10.46% |

Inflation in 2023 | 8.00% |

$100 in 1980 | $515.86 in 2023 |

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1980 (price index tracking began in 1922).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $515.86 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $515.86 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 1980 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 43 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:

This conversion table shows various other 1980 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 415.86% change in prices:

Initial value | Equivalent value |
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$1 dollar in 1980 | $5.16 dollars today |

$5 dollars in 1980 | $25.79 dollars today |

$10 dollars in 1980 | $51.59 dollars today |

$50 dollars in 1980 | $257.93 dollars today |

$100 dollars in 1980 | $515.86 dollars today |

$500 dollars in 1980 | $2,579.32 dollars today |

$1,000 dollars in 1980 | $5,158.64 dollars today |

$5,000 dollars in 1980 | $25,793.18 dollars today |

$10,000 dollars in 1980 | $51,586.36 dollars today |

$50,000 dollars in 1980 | $257,931.82 dollars today |

$100,000 dollars in 1980 | $515,863.64 dollars today |

$500,000 dollars in 1980 | $2,579,318.18 dollars today |

$1,000,000 dollars in 1980 | $5,158,636.36 dollars today |

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1980 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1980

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1980 AUD value

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Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 26.4 in the year 1980 and 136.18800000000002 in 2023:

136.1880000000000226.4

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$100

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$100 in 1980 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $515.86 in 2023.

To get the total inflation rate for the 43 years between 1980 and 2023, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2023 - CPI in 1980CPI in 1980

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100

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Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

136.18800000000002 - 26.426.4

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100

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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: “Value of 1980 Australian dollars today | Australia Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 27 May. 2023, https://www.officialdata.org/australia/inflation/1980.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

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

Cumulative price change | 415.86% |

Average inflation rate | 3.89% |

Converted amount $100 base | $515.86 |

Price difference $100 base | $415.86 |

CPI in 1980 | 26.400 |

CPI in 2023 | 136.188 |

Inflation in 1980 | 10.46% |

Inflation in 2023 | 8.00% |

$100 in 1980 | $515.86 in 2023 |