Reserve Bank of Australia Keeps Existing Monetary Policy Unchanged

April 6, 2021

Australia’s Official Cash Rate had been cut three times last year, twice in March by a total of 75 basis points and most recently by a further 15 bps in November to a record low of 0.10%. That level was retained at today’s monthly policy review by the Reserve Bank of Australia Board. So were the 3-year sovereign debt yield target of 0.10% and the central bank’s quantitative policy settings. A released statement observes improved growth prospects but also persistent uncertainties and subdued wage and price pressures. Forward policy guidance remains extremely accommodative:

 The Board will not increase the cash rate until actual inflation is sustainably within the 2 to 3 per cent target range. For this to occur, wages growth will have to be materially higher than it is currently. This will require significant gains in employment and a return to a tight labour market. The Board does not expect these conditions to be met until 2024 at the earliest.

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