$100 in 1993 is worth $210.37 today

The Australian dollar has lost 52% its value since 1993

Updated: November 10, 2022

$100 in 1993 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $210.37 today, an increase of $110.37 over 29 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 2.60% per year between 1993 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 110.37%.

This means that today's prices are 2.10 times higher than average prices since 1993, according to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 47.535% of what it could buy back then.

The inflation rate in 1993 was 1.67%. The current inflation rate compared to last year is now 7.30%. If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent in buying power to $107.30 next year.

Inflation from 1993 to 2022
Cumulative price change110.37%
Average inflation rate2.60%
Converted amount ($100 base)$210.37
Price difference ($100 base)$110.37
CPI in 199360.900
CPI in 2022128.116
Inflation in 19931.67%
Inflation in 20227.30%
$100 in 1993$210.37 in 2022

AUD inflation since 1993
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Statistics CPI

Buying power of $100 in 1993

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1993 (price index tracking began in 1922).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $210.37 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $210.37 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 1993 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 29 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:

Dollar inflation: 1993-2022
YearDollar ValueInflation Rate
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
Click to show 23 more rows

This conversion table shows various other 1993 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 110.37% change in prices:

Conversion: 1993 dollars today
Initial valueEquivalent value
$1 dollar in 1993$2.10 dollars today
$5 dollars in 1993$10.52 dollars today
$10 dollars in 1993$21.04 dollars today
$50 dollars in 1993$105.19 dollars today
$100 dollars in 1993$210.37 dollars today
$500 dollars in 1993$1,051.86 dollars today
$1,000 dollars in 1993$2,103.71 dollars today
$5,000 dollars in 1993$10,518.57 dollars today
$10,000 dollars in 1993$21,037.14 dollars today
$50,000 dollars in 1993$105,185.71 dollars today
$100,000 dollars in 1993$210,371.43 dollars today
$500,000 dollars in 1993$1,051,857.14 dollars today
$1,000,000 dollars in 1993$2,103,714.29 dollars today

How to calculate inflation rate for $100 since 1993

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1993 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1993
1993 AUD value
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 60.9 in the year 1993 and 128.1162 in 2022:


$100 in 1993 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $210.37 in 2022.

To get the total inflation rate for the 29 years between 1993 and 2022, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2022 - CPI in 1993CPI in 1993
Cumulative inflation rate (29 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

128.1162 - 60.960.9

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: “Value of 1993 Australian dollars today | Australia Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 21 Nov. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/australia/inflation/1993.

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.

Ian Webster

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 1993 to 2022
Cumulative price change110.37%
Average inflation rate2.60%
Converted amount ($100 base)$210.37
Price difference ($100 base)$110.37
CPI in 199360.900
CPI in 2022128.116
Inflation in 19931.67%
Inflation in 20227.30%
$100 in 1993$210.37 in 2022