Australian inflation rate in 2008: 4.44%

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Inflation since 2008 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 2008 was 91.8. It was 87.9 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 1.98% per year. Prices in 2018 are 21.7% higher than prices in 2008.

In other words, AU$100 in 2008 is equivalent in purchasing power to AU$121.68 in 2018, a difference of AU$21.68 over 10 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 2008 to 2018
Cumulative price change 21.68%
Average inflation rate 1.98%
Converted amount (AU$100 base) AU$121.68
Price difference (AU$100 base) AU$21.68
CPI in 2008 91.8
CPI in 2018 111.7

AUD inflation chart from 1922 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for AU$100 since 2008

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2008 * 2008 AUD value = 2018 AUD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 91.8 in the year 2008 and 111.7 in 2018:

111.7 / 91.8 * AU$100 = AU$121.68

AU$100 in 2008 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as AU$121.68 in 2018.

Here are calculations of buying power over time for AU$100 in 2008 (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
2008 AU$100.00 4.44%
2009 AU$101.74 1.74%
2010 AU$104.68 2.89%
2011 AU$108.17 3.33%
2012 AU$110.02 1.71%
2013 AU$112.75 2.48%
2014 AU$115.58 2.51%
2015 AU$117.32 1.51%
2016 AU$118.85 1.30%
2017 AU$121.13 1.92%
2018 AU$121.68 0.45%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 2008

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

  • Black Monday: stock markets crash all over the globe, resulting in enormous drops in global stock markets and halts in trading.
  • Fidel Castro retires as Cuban President due to ill health, after nearly 50 years in power.
  • Barak Obama becomes the first African American to receive the presidential nomination of his party.

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 2008 | Australia Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 13 Jun. 2018,

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