The consumer price index (CPI) in 1983 was 35.4. It was 32.1 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 3.34% per year. Prices in 2018 are 215.5% higher than prices in 1983.

In other words, AU$100 in 1983 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$315.54 in 2018, a difference of AU$215.54 over 35 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.

Cumulative price change | 215.54% |

Average inflation rate | 3.34% |

Converted amount (AU$100 base) | AU$315.54 |

Price difference (AU$100 base) | AU$215.54 |

CPI in 1983 | 35.4 |

CPI in 2018 | 111.7 |

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1983 * 1983 AUD value = 2018 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 35.4 in the year 1983 and 111.7 in 2018:

111.7 / 35.4 * AU$100 = **AU$315.54**

AU$100 in 1983 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$315.54 in 2018.

Below are calculations of buying power over time for AU$100 in 1983 (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 |
---|---|---|

1983 | AU$100.00 | 10.28% |

1984 | AU$103.95 | 3.95% |

1985 | AU$110.73 | 6.52% |

1986 | AU$120.90 | 9.18% |

1987 | AU$131.07 | 8.41% |

1988 | AU$140.68 | 7.33% |

1989 | AU$151.13 | 7.43% |

1990 | AU$162.43 | 7.48% |

1991 | AU$167.51 | 3.13% |

1992 | AU$169.21 | 1.01% |

1993 | AU$172.03 | 1.67% |

1994 | AU$175.42 | 1.97% |

1995 | AU$183.62 | 4.67% |

1996 | AU$188.42 | 2.62% |

1997 | AU$188.98 | 0.30% |

1998 | AU$190.40 | 0.75% |

1999 | AU$193.22 | 1.48% |

2000 | AU$201.98 | 4.53% |

2001 | AU$210.73 | 4.34% |

2002 | AU$217.23 | 3.08% |

2003 | AU$223.16 | 2.73% |

2004 | AU$228.25 | 2.28% |

2005 | AU$234.46 | 2.72% |

2006 | AU$242.66 | 3.49% |

2007 | AU$248.31 | 2.33% |

2008 | AU$259.32 | 4.44% |

2009 | AU$263.84 | 1.74% |

2010 | AU$271.47 | 2.89% |

2011 | AU$280.51 | 3.33% |

2012 | AU$285.31 | 1.71% |

2013 | AU$292.37 | 2.48% |

2014 | AU$299.72 | 2.51% |

2015 | AU$304.24 | 1.51% |

2016 | AU$308.19 | 1.30% |

2017 | AU$314.12 | 1.92% |

2018 | AU$315.54 | 0.45%* |

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

- 26 million pounds in gold, diamonds and cash is stolen from Brink's-Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport in London, which is considered to be one of the world's greatest robberies.
- Ronald Reagan ends the United States embargo against Guatemala.

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 1983 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/Australia-inflation-rate-in-1983.