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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
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Contents >> International Accounts and Trade >> International investment position

Australia's net international investment position is the difference between the levels of Australia's foreign financial liabilities and the levels of its foreign financial assets. Historically, Australia has had a net liability position with the rest of the world.

Australia's net international investment position at 30 June 2001 was a net foreign financial liability of $394.1b. This was up $52.0b (15%) on the position a year earlier and resulted from net increases of $13.1b in the level of foreign equity and $38.9b in the level of foreign debt.

Graph 30.11 shows the components of Australia's international investment position between 1992-93 and 2000-01. It shows that the increases in net foreign liabilities reflect increases in both net foreign debt and net foreign equity in most years.


Table 30.12 shows a reconciliation between opening and closing levels for foreign financial assets, foreign financial liabilities and Australia's net international investment position. Increases or decreases in these assets and liabilities are due to financial transactions (investment flows), price changes, exchange rate changes and other adjustments.


30.12 INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT POSITION

Changes in position reflecting

Position at beginning of period

$m
Transactions

$m
Price
changes

$m
Exchange
rate changes

$m
Other
adjustments

$m
Position at
end of period

$m

NET INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT POSITION

Total
- 1998-99
296,938
29,447
-109
2,814
-3,720
325,371
- 1999-00
325,371
33,542
-8,834
-7,378
-556
342,144
- 2000-01
342,144
15,487
38,619
-1,745
-367
394,138
Equity
- 1998-99
69,156
20,044
3,904
7,516
-827
99,794
- 1999-00
99,794
-3,229
-7,155
-19,220
-120
70,073
- 2000-01
70,073
-1,142
37,350
-23,271
178
83,186
Debt
- 1998-99
227,782
9,403
-4,014
-4,702
-2,893
225,577
- 1999-00
225,577
36,771
-1,679
11,840
-437
272,071
- 2000-01
272,071
16,629
1,269
21,526
-544
310,952

FOREIGN ASSETS(a)

Total
- 1998-99
-299,528
-17,423
-7,200
9,239
-1,030
-315,940
- 1999-00
-315,940
-15,364
-40,574
-24,832
581
-396,130
- 2000-01
-396,130
-44,584
35,651
-36,501
1,606
-439,959
Equity
- 1998-99
-180,339
-8,483
-7,056
7,516
-541
-188,902
- 1999-00
-188,902
-10,749
-39,502
-19,219
84
-258,288
- 2000-01
-258,288
-26,279
37,516
-23,271
7
-270,317
Debt
- 1998-99
-119,189
-8,939
-143
1,723
-491
-127,038
- 1999-00
-127,038
-4,614
-1,073
-5,614
497
-137,842
- 2000-01
-137,842
-18,304
-1,865
-13,229
1,598
-169,642

FOREIGN LIABILITIES(b)

Total
- 1998-99
596,466
46,869
7,091
-6,425
-2,689
641,311
- 1999-00
641,311
48,907
31,740
17,454
-1,136
738,274
- 2000-01
738,274
60,071
2,968
34,756
-1,972
834,097
Equity
- 1998-99
249,495
28,527
10,961
0
-286
288,697
- 1999-00
288,697
7,521
32,346
0
-203
328,361
- 2000-01
328,361
25,137
-166
0
170
353,503
Debt
- 1998-99
346,971
18,342
-3,872
-6,424
-2,402
352,615
- 1999-00
352,615
41,385
-606
17,454
-934
409,913
- 2000-01
409,913
34,932
3,135
34,754
-2,141
480,594

(a) Assets include claims of Australian direct investment enterprises on direct investors abroad, which are classified as part of direct investment in Australia.
(b) Liabilities include liabilities of Australian direct investors to direct investment enterprises abroad, which are classified as part of direct investment abroad.

Source: Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia (5302.0).

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