Reserve Bank of Australia Annual Report – 1997 Financial Statements Note 14

Note 14 Related party and other disclosures

The Remuneration Tribunal determines the remuneration appropriate to the Bank's non-executive Board members. In 1996/97, payments totalled $181,804 ($199,805 in 1995/96). In addition, $39,523 was paid for the services of members of the Board of Note Printing Australia who are not employees of the Bank ($36,947 in 1995/96).

Payments made by the Bank to a prescribed superannuation fund in connection with the retirement of members of the Board totalled $367,011 in 1996/97 ($142,320 in 1995/96) and are included in staff costs in Note 2. They represent payments made in respect of executive members of the Board on the same bases as for other employees, and for non-executive members in terms of the Superannuation Guarantee Charge.

The Bank is not empowered to lend to non-executive members of the Board. Loans to the Governor and Deputy Governors are permitted only in terms of section 71 of the Reserve Bank Act; at 30 June 1997, there are three such loans (aggregating to $433,340 (two loans aggregating to $391,134 at 30 June 1996)) which have been made for homes in which the officers reside, and are on the same terms and conditions as for other officers of the Bank.

There were no other related-party transactions with Board members; transactions with director-related entities which occurred in the normal course of the Bank's operations were conducted on terms no more favourable than similar transactions with other employees or customers.

Superannuation funds Two superannuation funds are operated pursuant to the Reserve Bank Act: the Reserve Bank of Australia Officers' Superannuation Fund (OSF) and the Reserve Bank of Australia UK Pension Scheme. A small part of the assets of the OSF are held by the Bank as nominee for the trustees of the OSF; such assets are not included in these statements. Payment of the funds' current and future benefits is funded by member and Bank contributions and the funds' existing asset bases. The Bank's contributions to the OSF in accordance with the Reserve Bank (Officers' Superannuation) Rules, and to the UK Pension Scheme in accordance with the UK Trust Deed, are included in staff costs in Note 2. Administration and other operational costs (eg salaries, overheads, legal costs and valuation fees) incurred by the Bank for superannuation arrangements are also included in Note 2. There were no other related-party transactions between the Bank and the funds during 1996/97.

At 30 June 1997, the OSF had a surplus of assets over accrued benefits of $160 million ($132 million at 30 June 1996). The UK Pension Scheme had a surplus equivalent to $3.0 million ($1.9 million at 30 June 1996). During 1996/97, the Bank contributed $5.3 million to the OSF and the equivalent of $0.1 million to the UK Pension Scheme.

Details of the Funds as at 30 June 1997 are as follows:

1996 $'000 1997 $'000
Reserve Bank Officers' Superannuation Fund
Accrued benefits 443,951 446,361
Net market value of assets 575,966 606,729
Surplus 132,015 160,368
Vested benefits 435,811 448,079
Reserve Bank of Australia UK Pension Scheme
Accrued benefits 13,630 15,560
Net market value of assets 15,513 18,588
Surplus 1,883 3,028
Vested benefits 15,297 16,615
Total Superannuation Funds
Accrued benefits 457,581 461,921
Net market value of assets 591,479 625,317
Surplus 133,898 163,396
Vested benefits 451,108 464,694

Accrued benefits refer to the present value of future benefits payable to current fund members, taking into account assumed future salary increases. Vested benefits are the benefits payable if all current members were to terminate their fund membership at balance date.