Reserve Bank of Australia Annual Report – 2019 Financial Statements Note 11 – Contingent Assets and Liabilities

Committed Liquidity Facility

Since 1 January 2015, the RBA has provided a CLF to eligible ADIs as part of Australia's implementation of the Basel III liquidity standards. The CLF provides ADIs with a contractual commitment to funding under repurchase agreements with the RBA, subject to certain conditions. It was established to ensure that ADIs are able to meet their liquidity requirements under Basel III. The CLF is made available to ADIs in Australia because the supply of high-quality liquid assets (HQLA) is lower in Australia than is typical in other major economies; in other countries, these liquidity requirements are usually met by banks' HQLAs on their balance sheet. While the RBA administers the CLF, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) determines which institutions have access to the facility and the limits available. Any drawdown must meet certain conditions, including: APRA does not object to the drawdown; and the RBA assesses that the ADI has positive net worth. Accordingly, the potential funding under the CLF is disclosed as a contingent liability; repurchase agreements associated with providing funding are disclosed as a contingent asset. If an ADI drew on the CLF, the funds drawn would be shown as a deposit liability of the RBA, and the counterpart repurchase agreement as an Australian dollar investment.

The aggregate undrawn commitment of the CLF at 30 June 2019 totalled $218 billion for 15 ADIs ($223 billion for 14 ADIs at 30 June 2018).

Bank for International Settlements

The RBA has a contingent liability for the uncalled portion of its shares held in the BIS amounting to $71.4 million at 30 June 2019 ($68.4 million at 30 June 2018).


In February 2013, the RBA completed the sale of its 50 per cent interest in Securency International Pty Ltd (Securency; now known as CCL Secure Pty Ltd) to a related entity of Innovia Films, a UK-based film manufacturer, which had previously owned the other half of Securency. An amount covering 50 per cent of certain potential liabilities of Securency relating to events prior to the sale was placed in escrow in February 2013. In February 2020 the RBA will receive the balance then remaining in escrow after relevant claims have been paid, settled or lapse. Where it is not possible to estimate the likelihood of the RBA receiving any payment from the amount held in escrow, this amount is treated as a contingent asset, in accordance with AASB 137.

Under the sale agreement the RBA also provided the owner of Securency with a number of indemnities in relation to the period during which Securency had been jointly owned by the RBA and Innovia Films. The RBA is unable to reliably estimate the potential financial effect of any obligation to make payment under or in connection with the sale agreement. Accordingly, these potential costs are treated as contingent liabilities in accordance with AASB 137.


The RBA carries its own insurance risks except when external insurance cover is considered to be more cost-effective or is required by legislation.

Performance Guarantees

In the course of providing services to its customers, the RBA provides performance guarantees to third parties in relation to customer activities. Such exposure is not material and has not given rise to losses in the past.

Similarly, the RBA has provided a performance guarantee for pension payments to members of the Reserve Bank of Australia UK Pension Scheme in relation to a UK insurer. This exposure is not material. Further detail is provided in Note 14.