In October, the RBA reiterated a commitment to maintain highly accommodative policy settings as long as required. RBA governor Philip Lowe highlighted the importance of the labour market as the Board continues to consider how additional monetary easing could support jobs and the overall economy. “In terms of unemployment, we want to see more than just ‘progress toward full employment,’” governor Lowe said in his speech. “We want to see a return to labour market conditions that are consistent with inflation being sustainably within the 2 to 3 per cent target range.”
The 2020/21 Federal Budget was delivered on the same day as the October cash rate announcement. The Budget highlighted the Government’s economic measures to support Australian households and businesses on the path to recovery.
Author: Reserve Bank of Australia