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5302.0 - Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia, Jun 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/09/2008   
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

Mar Qtr 2008
Jun Qtr 2008
Mar Qtr 2008 to Jun Qtr 2008
$m
$m
% change

BALANCE ON CURRENT ACCOUNT
Trend estimates
-18 981
-14 146
25
Seasonally adjusted
-19 842
-12 774
36
BALANCE ON GOODS AND SERVICES
Trend estimates
-6 231
-1 026
84
Seasonally adjusted
-7 313
559
. .
NET INCOME
Trend estimates
-12 709
-13 067
-3
Seasonally adjusted
-12 487
-13 284
-6
LEVELS AT END OF PERIOD
International Investment Position
687 175
692 138
1
Net foreign equity
82 684
92 185
11
Net foreign debt
604 491
599 953
-1

. . not applicable

Current Account, Main aggregates - Trend estimates at current prices (a)
Graph: Current Account Main aggregates Trend estimates at current prices (a)

International Investment
Graph: International Investment




JUNE KEY POINTS


BALANCE OF PAYMENTS
  • The current account deficit, seasonally adjusted, fell $7,068m (36%) to $12,774m. The surplus on balance of goods and services of $559m was a turnaround of $7,872m on the $7,313m deficit of the March quarter 2008. The income deficit increased $797m (6%) to $13,284m.
  • In seasonally adjusted chain volume terms there was an increase of $57m in the deficit on goods and services. This is expected to detract -0.1 percentage point contribution from growth in the June quarter 2008 volume measures of GDP.


INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT POSITION (IIP)
  • Australia's net IIP rose $5.0b to a net liability position of $692.1b. Net foreign debt was $600.0b, a decrease of $4.5b. Net foreign equity increased by $9.5b to a liability of $92.2b.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
September 2008 2 December 2008
December 2008 3 March 2009



REVISIONS

Table 36 summarises revisions, in original current price terms, since the last issue of this publication, for the last three years and six quarters.

Incorporation of the latest survey and administrative data has resulted in revisions to the current account back to September quarter 2001. In addition, revisions have resulted from the introduction of the new methods and data sources described below in Changes in this Issue. In original terms, these revisions have decreased the 2006-07 current account deficit by $815m and increased the deficit for March quarter 2008 by $81m.

The financial account and international investment position have been revised back to September quarter 2004, resulting in a decrease of $42,312m in Australia's net IIP liability as at 31 March 2008 to $687,175m.


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Activities of the Future Fund are identifiable for all relevant periods for the first time in this issue. At the request of the relevant Minister, identifiable information about the activities of the Future Fund remained confidential in all releases published up to and including 30 June 2008.

A review of the calculation of accrued income on long term debt securities has been conducted as part of an ongoing program to improve the quality of the current account income data. The resulting revisions affect both credits and debits from September quarter 2004 and have been introduced in this issue. Technical note 1 on page 71 describes the new methodology for calculating accrued income on long-term debt securities.

June quarter 2008 also sees the introduction of a number of adjustments to portfolio equity investment abroad to reconcile with CHESS holdings of Chess Depository Interests (CDIs) and other securities of non-resident companies. This resulted in revisions from September quarter 2004. Technical note 2 on page 74 describes the data source and methodology used.

The methodology and data sources for compiling compensation of employees estimates have been reviewed. Compensation of employees revisions from September quarter 2002 to March quarter 2008 have been incorporated in this issue.


CHANGES IN FORTHCOMING ISSUES

For details of changes in the September quarter 2008 issue of this publication, refer to Changes in Forthcoming Issues.


INQUIRIES

For further information contact Selvi Sekhar on Canberra (02) 6252 5540 for balance of payments estimates, and Charles Kauye on Canberra (02) 6252 5541 for international investment estimates.


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