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March 2024

February 2024

Appearance before the Senate Economics Legislation Committee on Treasury Laws Amendment (Reserve Bank Reforms) Bill 2023

Michele Bullock, Governor, and Catherine Parr, General Counsel.
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Appearance before the Senate Economics Legislation Committee (Additional Estimates) – Canberra

Michele Bullock, Governor, and Christopher Kent, Assistant Governor (Financial Markets).
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January 2024

December 2023

In this speech to the Australasian Finance & Banking Conference, Brad Jones, Assistant Governor (Financial System) discusses how the application of last resort operations has evolved around the world and how these developments have been reflected in aspects of the Reserve Bank's own framework.
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In this speech to the Australian Payments Network Summit, Governor Michele Bullock discussed how the Payments System Board is responding to changes in the payments landscape which are being driven by new technologies and business models. The Governor explained why it is important we modernise our regulatory architecture and payments infrastructure to support these innovations.
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To mark the 40th anniversary of the float of the Australian dollar, key records about the float have been released on Unreserved along with a Research Guide.

November 2023

In a speech to the Australian Securitisation Forum's annual conference, Carl Schwartz, acting Head of Domestic Markets, talks about how the securitisation market has evolved over recent years. He notes the securitisation markets have continued to adapt to large changes in financial conditions.
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In a speech to the UBS Australasia Conference, acting Assistant Governor (Economic) Marion Kohler talks about how we see the outlook for the Australian economy, approaches we use to assess where we are relative to full employment and our review of economic forecasts for the past year.
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Panel Participation by Brad Jones, Assistant Governor (Financial System), at the Regulators 2023 (FINSIA) – Sydney

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October 2023

Appearance by Michele Bullock, Governor, and Christopher Kent, Assistant Governor (Financial Markets), before the Senate Economics Legislation Committee (Supplementary Budget Estimates), Canberra

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In this speech to The Australian Financial Review Cryptocurrency Summit, Brad Jones, Assistant Governor (Financial System), spoke about the opportunities and challenges arising from the tokenisation of assets and money in the digital age. He also discussed how these issues connect to the next phase of the Reserve Bank's strategic work program on the ‘future of money’.
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In this speech to the Bloomberg Address in Sydney, Christopher Kent, Assistant Governor (Financial Markets), spoke about how monetary policy moves through the economy in three steps – from the cash rate to a broad range of interest rates, from those rates to economic activity and from economic activity to inflation. He also discussed the five main channels of monetary policy and the impact they are having in Australia to bring down inflation.
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September 2023

Draft papers presented at Reserve Bank of Australia 2023 Conference

Latest release of archival records includes ledgers, correspondence and pass books from the early savings banks accompanied by photographs of the banks’ branches. These records can be explored further through new research guides on school banking, the 1890s depression in Australia and family history research.

Speaking at the Anika Foundation annual fundraiser, Governor Philip Lowe talked about the main economic challenges of his term and four fixed points he has returned to over the years.
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August 2023

Acting Head of Domestic Markets Carl Schwartz spoke at the Risk Australia 2023 Conference about the need for the Bank to understand the implications of climate change, and the efforts being made to address it.
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July 2023

Appearance by Ellis Connolly, Head of Payments Policy, and Chris Thompson, Deputy Head of Payments Policy, before the Senate Economics Legislation Committee Inquiry into Digital Assets (Market Regulation) Bill 2023, Canberra

Speaking to the Economic Society of Australia (QLD), Governor Philip Lowe detailed some of the changes the Board intends to make in response to the Reserve Bank Review. The Governor also explained the latest monetary policy decision and highlighted some issues the Board will focus on at the August meeting.
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June 2023

Deputy Governor Michele Bullock spoke to the Ai Group about our full employment objective, how the labour market has evolved recently and how we are striving to preserve many of the gains in the Australian labour market while bringing inflation back to target.
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Panel Participation by Christopher Kent, Assistant Governor (Financial Markets), at the ISDA/AFMA Derivatives Forum, Sydney

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Available papers presented at the 2022 conference on 'Economic Implications of the Digital Economy' and 2023 conference on 'Underneath the Headlines: Understanding Price Change in the Australian Economy'

Panel Participation by Michele Bullock, Deputy Governor, at the Australian Banking Association Annual Conference, Sydney

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Governor Philip Lowe spoke at the Morgan Stanley 5th Australia Summit about our strategy for navigating the narrow path to return inflation to target in a reasonable timeframe while keeping the economy on an even keel.
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May 2023

Appearance by Philip Lowe, Governor, and Brad Jones, Assistant Governor (Financial System), before the Senate Economics Legislation Committee (Budget Estimates), Canberra
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Head of Economic Analysis Marion Kohler spoke to CEDA in Perth about how forecasting is a key decision-making tool for central banks, the challenges associated with how we forecast and our latest forecasts for growth, unemployment and inflation.
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Governor Philip Lowe spoke at the Reserve Bank Board Dinner in Perth about the May monetary policy decision, as well as a number of the Reserve Bank’s other functions and the recently released Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
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April 2023

This article jointly published with the Australian Bureau of Statistics draws out new insights into the private Australian rental market using a new large administrative dataset of rental properties, which is an input to the Consumer Price Index.

Governor Philip Lowe provides a briefing for media following the release of the Final Report from the Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia – ‘An RBA fit for the future’.
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Panel Participation by Michele Bullock, Deputy Governor, WEAI Monetary Panel, Melbourne

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In this address, Governor Philip Lowe explains the Reserve Bank Board's monetary policy decision at the 4 April 2023 meeting and discusses some of the factors that are likely to bear on the economic outlook. He also talks about the importance of returning to low inflation.
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March 2023

The latest release of archival records includes economic analysis from the 1970s, promotional materials about Bank services, 1960s photographs and the Coombs Collection of Australian paintings.

On behalf of current and former colleagues at the Reserve Bank, the Governor, Philip Lowe, records with deep regret that former Governor Robert Alan Johnston AC died on 20 March 2023, aged 98. He was Governor of the Reserve Bank from 1982 to 1989.

In this speech, Assistant Governor (Financial Markets) Christopher Kent explains recent temporary changes that have lengthened the time it takes for monetary policy to affect spending via its effect on the cash flows of borrowers.
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In this keynote address, Governor Philip Lowe explains the positive labour market outcomes of recent years and the factors the Reserve Bank Board is paying close attention to as it navigates the narrow path to bring inflation back to target.
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Remarks at IIF Australia Forum, Westpac – Sydney

Brad Jones, Assistant Governor (Financial System). No text available.
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February 2023

Appearance before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services

Michele Bullock, Deputy Governor, and Adam Cagliarini, Deputy Head (FMI) Payments Policy Department. No text available.

Appearance before the Senate Economics Legislation Committee (Supplementary Budget Estimates) – Canberra

Philip Lowe, Governor and Michele Bullock, Deputy Governor. No text available.
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January 2023

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