AU$100 in 1942 → AU$3,258.06 in 2012

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Australian Inflation Rate, AU$100 in 1942 to 2012

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 5.10% per year. Prices in 2012 are 3158.1% higher than prices in 1942.

In other words, AU$100 in 1942 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$3,258.06 in 2012, a difference of AU$3,158.06 over 70 years.

The inflation rate in 2012 was 1.71%.

Inflation from 1942 to 2012
Cumulative price change 3158.06%
Average inflation rate 5.10%
Converted amount (AU$100 base) AU$3,258.06
Price difference (AU$100 base) AU$3,158.06
CPI in 1942 3.1
CPI in 2012 101

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for AU$100, 1942 to 2012

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2012 / CPI in 1942 * 1942 AUD value = 2012 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 3.1 in the year 1942 and 101 in 2012:

101 / 3.1 * AU$100 = AU$3,258.06

AU$100 in 1942 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$3,258.06 in 2012.

News headlines from 1942

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

  • The 28 nations at war with Axis powers pledge not to make separate peace deals with them.
  • Wannsee conference takes place in Berlin:,Nazi officials organize the extermination of the European Jews', which is now known as the "final solution".
  • Anne Frank gets a diary for her birthday.

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: “1942 dollars in 2012 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Jun. 2018,

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