AU$100 in 1937 → AU$3,972 in 2011

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Australian Inflation Rate, 1937-2011 (AU$100)

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 5.10% per year. Prices in 2011 are 3872.0% higher than prices in 1937.

In other words, AU$100 in the year 1937 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$3,972 in 2011, a difference of AU$3,872.00 over 74 years.

The inflation rate in 2011 was 3.33%.

Inflation from 1937 to 2011
Cumulative price change 3872.00%
Average inflation rate 5.10%
Price difference (AU$100 base) AU$3,872.00
CPI in 1937 2.5
CPI in 2011 99.3

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for AU$100, 1937 to 2011

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2011 / CPI in 1937 * 1937 AUD value = 2011 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 2.5 in the year 1937 and 99.3 in 2011:

99.3 / 2.5 * AU$100 = AU$3,972

AU$100 in 1937 has the same "purchasing power" as AU$3,972 in 2011.

News headlines from 1937

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

  • The Second Sino-Japanese War starts when Japanese and Chinese troops clash at the Marco Polo Bridge.
  • 193,000 Russians are executed by order of the Politburo's Operative Order 00447.
  • Adolf Hitler and his military leaders hold a secret meeting where he reveals his plan to go to war.

Inflation Data Source

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: “1937 dollars in 2011 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 27 May. 2018,

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