According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 6.11% per year. Prices in 1989 are 1957.7% higher than prices in 1938.
In other words, AU$100 in 1938 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$2,057.69 in 1989, a difference of AU$1,957.69 over 51 years.
The inflation rate in 1989 was 7.43%.
|Cumulative price change||1957.69%|
|Average inflation rate||6.11%|
|Converted amount (AU$100 base)||AU$2,057.69|
|Price difference (AU$100 base)||AU$1,957.69|
|CPI in 1938||2.6|
|CPI in 1989||53.5|
This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:
CPI in 1989 / CPI in 1938 * 1938 AUD value = 1989 AUD value
Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 2.6 in the year 1938 and 53.5 in 1989:
53.5 / 2.6 * AU$100 = AU$2,057.69
AU$100 in 1938 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$2,057.69 in 1989.
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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: “1938 dollars in 1989 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/1938-AUD-in-1989.