Topic: Economics


Budget reactions the good and the bad

The reaction to Scott Morrison’s second budget is that it is politically smart, despite it failing to rein in spending. The AICD’s view is that the ‘lifters and leaners’ has been replaced by ‘politic...

National unemployment rate dips to 5.4%

The official October jobs report, released today, was not quite as good as some of those released earlier this year, but still contained mainly good news. There was yet another rise in net employment ...

Director Sentiment Index 2H17: General optimism but low policy expectations

The latest Director Sentiment Index showed sentiment among directors at a record high, but they remain pessimistic about the prospects for reform in Canberra.

Weekly Updates

Each Monday, Stephen Walters provides an update on the economic week that was, and the week that will be. You can follow Stephen’s updates here.

RBA avoids spoiling Cup Day – no change!

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) board meeting today in Sydney resolved to leave the cash rate steady at 1.5%, as all economists Bloomberg surveyed last week had expected. Board members now have ma...

Yet another poor retail sales report

Nationwide retail spending disappointed yet again in today’s official report.

Banking Executive Accountability Regime Bill

On 2 November 2017, the AICD provided a submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee inquiry relating to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Banking Executive Accountability and Related Measures)...

Directors Confident on Economy, Focused on Culture

Australian directors are buoyant about what the future holds, with director sentiment rising to its highest point on record according to a survey released today.

Director Sentiment Index: Second Half 2017

The results from the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ latest Director Sentiment Index show that Australian directors are buoyant about what the future holds, with director sentiment rising t...

The Economist: 2018: The Five Key Economic Trends

Looking for the economic risks and opportunities for the year ahead? Stephen Walters GAICD offers his take.

Inflation benign despite energy price surge

The annual rate of inflation in Australia unexpectedly dipped last quarter, despite the much-publicised hefty spikes in energy prices.
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