Australian inflation rate in 1979: 9.13%

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Inflation since 1979 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1979 was 23.9. It was 21.9 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 4.03% per year. Prices in 2018 are 367.4% higher than prices in 1979.

In other words, AU$100 in 1979 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$467.36 in 2018, a difference of AU$367.36 over 39 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 1979 to 2018
Cumulative price change 367.36%
Average inflation rate 4.03%
Converted amount (AU$100 base) AU$467.36
Price difference (AU$100 base) AU$367.36
CPI in 1979 23.9
CPI in 2018 111.7


AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017


How to calculate the inflation rate for AU$100 since 1979

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1979 * 1979 AUD value = 2018 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 23.9 in the year 1979 and 111.7 in 2018:

111.7 / 23.9 * AU$100 = AU$467.36

AU$100 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$467.36 in 2018.


Here are calculations of buying power over time for AU$100 in 1979 (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
1979 AU$100.00 9.13%
1980 AU$110.46 10.46%
1981 AU$120.92 9.47%
1982 AU$134.31 11.07%
1983 AU$148.12 10.28%
1984 AU$153.97 3.95%
1985 AU$164.02 6.52%
1986 AU$179.08 9.18%
1987 AU$194.14 8.41%
1988 AU$208.37 7.33%
1989 AU$223.85 7.43%
1990 AU$240.59 7.48%
1991 AU$248.12 3.13%
1992 AU$250.63 1.01%
1993 AU$254.81 1.67%
1994 AU$259.83 1.97%
1995 AU$271.97 4.67%
1996 AU$279.08 2.62%
1997 AU$279.92 0.30%
1998 AU$282.01 0.75%
1999 AU$286.19 1.48%
2000 AU$299.16 4.53%
2001 AU$312.13 4.34%
2002 AU$321.76 3.08%
2003 AU$330.54 2.73%
2004 AU$338.08 2.28%
2005 AU$347.28 2.72%
2006 AU$359.41 3.49%
2007 AU$367.78 2.33%
2008 AU$384.10 4.44%
2009 AU$390.79 1.74%
2010 AU$402.09 2.89%
2011 AU$415.48 3.33%
2012 AU$422.59 1.71%
2013 AU$433.05 2.48%
2014 AU$443.93 2.51%
2015 AU$450.63 1.51%
2016 AU$456.49 1.30%
2017 AU$465.27 1.92%
2018 AU$467.36 0.45%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1979

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

  • Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after fifteen years of exile.
  • Ugandan dictator Idi Amin flees to Libya after the Tanzanian army captures Kampala, Uganda's capital.
  • Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of United Kingdom, the first ever woman to hold the position.
  • Afghanistan is invaded by the Soviets and overthrowing of President Hafizullah Amin.

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: “Inflation Rate in 1979 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/Australia-inflation-rate-in-1979.


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