Reserve Bank of Australia Annual Report – 2021 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 2021 totalled $115 billion for 14 ADIs ($201 billion for 15 ADIs at 30 June 2020).

Bank for International Settlements

The RBA has a contingent liability for the uncalled portion of its shares held in the BIS amounting to $68.3 million at 30 June 2021 ($72.4 million at 30 June 2020).


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.