At its meeting today, the Board decided to increase the cash rate target by 25 basis points to 2.85 per cent. It also increased the interest rate on Exchange Settlement balances by 25 basis points to 2.75 per cent.
- As is the case in most countries, inflation in Australia is too high. Over the year to September, the CPI inflation rate was 7.3 per cent, the highest it has been in more than three decades.
- The Australian economy is continuing to grow solidly and national income is being boosted by a record level of the terms of trade.
- The labour market remains very tight, with many firms having difficulty hiring workers. The unemployment rate was steady at 3.5 per cent in September, around the lowest rate in almost 50 years.
The Board remains resolute in its determination to return inflation to target and will do what is necessary to achieve that.
To view the full statement of Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank, please click here.
Published : 01 Nov 2022