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5308.0 - Foreign Currency Exposure, Australia, March Quarter 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/10/2009   
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INTRODUCTION

This publication presents results in respect of 31 March 2009, from an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey of Australian resident enterprises with exposure to foreign currency. The survey sought to cover all enterprises with significant foreign currency denominated balance sheet items and/or significant expected foreign currency denominated receipts and payments from trade. The information collected included foreign equity assets, foreign currency denominated debt assets and liabilities, expected future foreign currency receipts and payments from trade, the principal value of outstanding currency derivative contracts and policies on hedging foreign currency exposure.

The survey was conducted by the ABS at the request of, and with the financial support of, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). The survey provides additional information to that available in the International Investment Position, on the mitigating impact of hedging activities on foreign currency exposures.

This survey was first conducted in respect of 30 June 2001, with results released in a special article in the December quarter 2001 issue of Balance of Payments and International Investment Position (cat. no. 5302.0). The second occasion on which the survey was conducted was in respect of 31 March 2005 with results published in Foreign Currency Exposure, Australia, Mar 2005 (cat. no. 5308.0).


ROUNDING

Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of component items and the total.


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