Australian inflation rate in 1939: 0.00%

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Inflation since 1939 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1939 was 2.6. It was 2.6 in the previous year. This change in CPI is used by the Bureau of Statistics to calculate inflation.

According to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 4.87% per year. Prices in 2018 are 4196.2% higher than prices in 1939.

In other words, AU$100 in 1939 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$4,296.15 in 2018, a difference of AU$4,196.15 over 79 years.

The current inflation rate is now 0.45%1. If this number holds, AU$100 today will be equivalent to AU$100.45 next year.

Inflation from 1939 to 2018
Cumulative price change 4196.15%
Average inflation rate 4.87%
Converted amount (AU$100 base) AU$4,296.15
Price difference (AU$100 base) AU$4,196.15
CPI in 1939 2.6
CPI in 2018 111.7


AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017


How to calculate the inflation rate for AU$100 since 1939

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1939 * 1939 AUD value = 2018 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 2.6 in the year 1939 and 111.7 in 2018:

111.7 / 2.6 * AU$100 = AU$4,296.15

AU$100 in 1939 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$4,296.15 in 2018.


Buying power of AU$100 since 1939

Below are calculations of buying power over time for AU$100 in 1939 (price index tracking began in 1922). Each of these AUD amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year AUD Value Inflation Rate
1939 AU$100.00 -
1940 AU$103.85 3.85%
1941 AU$107.69 3.70%
1942 AU$119.23 10.71%
1943 AU$123.08 3.23%
1944 AU$123.08 0.00%
1945 AU$123.08 0.00%
1946 AU$123.08 0.00%
1947 AU$130.77 6.25%
1948 AU$142.31 8.82%
1949 AU$153.85 8.11%
1950 AU$169.23 10.00%
1951 AU$200.00 18.18%
1952 AU$234.62 17.31%
1953 AU$246.15 4.92%
1954 AU$250.00 1.56%
1955 AU$253.85 1.54%
1956 AU$269.23 6.06%
1957 AU$276.92 2.86%
1958 AU$276.92 0.00%
1959 AU$284.62 2.78%
1960 AU$296.15 4.05%
1961 AU$300.00 1.30%
1962 AU$300.00 0.00%
1963 AU$303.85 1.28%
1964 AU$311.54 2.53%
1965 AU$323.08 3.70%
1966 AU$330.77 2.38%
1967 AU$342.31 3.49%
1968 AU$353.85 3.37%
1969 AU$365.38 3.26%
1970 AU$376.92 3.16%
1971 AU$400.00 6.12%
1972 AU$423.08 5.77%
1973 AU$461.54 9.09%
1974 AU$534.62 15.83%
1975 AU$615.38 15.11%
1976 AU$696.15 13.13%
1977 AU$780.77 12.15%
1978 AU$842.31 7.88%
1979 AU$919.23 9.13%
1980 AU$1,015.38 10.46%
1981 AU$1,111.54 9.47%
1982 AU$1,234.62 11.07%
1983 AU$1,361.54 10.28%
1984 AU$1,415.38 3.95%
1985 AU$1,507.69 6.52%
1986 AU$1,646.15 9.18%
1987 AU$1,784.62 8.41%
1988 AU$1,915.38 7.33%
1989 AU$2,057.69 7.43%
1990 AU$2,211.54 7.48%
1991 AU$2,280.77 3.13%
1992 AU$2,303.85 1.01%
1993 AU$2,342.31 1.67%
1994 AU$2,388.46 1.97%
1995 AU$2,500.00 4.67%
1996 AU$2,565.38 2.62%
1997 AU$2,573.08 0.30%
1998 AU$2,592.31 0.75%
1999 AU$2,630.77 1.48%
2000 AU$2,750.00 4.53%
2001 AU$2,869.23 4.34%
2002 AU$2,957.69 3.08%
2003 AU$3,038.46 2.73%
2004 AU$3,107.69 2.28%
2005 AU$3,192.31 2.72%
2006 AU$3,303.85 3.49%
2007 AU$3,380.77 2.33%
2008 AU$3,530.77 4.44%
2009 AU$3,592.31 1.74%
2010 AU$3,696.15 2.89%
2011 AU$3,819.23 3.33%
2012 AU$3,884.62 1.71%
2013 AU$3,980.77 2.48%
2014 AU$4,080.77 2.51%
2015 AU$4,142.31 1.51%
2016 AU$4,196.15 1.30%
2017 AU$4,276.92 1.92%
2018 AU$4,296.15 0.45%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1939

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

  • Hitler makes a speech to the German Reichstag where he threatens Jews.
  • Mahatma Gandhi begins his fast in protest against Britain’s autocratic rule in India
  • The Battle of Nanchang takes place between the Kuomintang ant the Japanese, during Sino-Japanese War.
  • The Spanish Civil War ends when Madrid falls to Francisco Franco.
  • Britain and France declare war on Germany after it invades Poland, signaling the start of World War II.
  • Mussolini’s Italy joins Hitler's war against Great Britain and France.
  • Winston Churchill is named British Prime Minister, succeeding Neville Chamberlain.
  • Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France begins when the Germans cross the Muese River.
  • Auschwitz concentration camp is opened in Nazi-controlled Poland,.

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: “Inflation Rate in 1939 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/Australia-inflation-rate-in-1939.


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