A graph depicting how Australia's official interest rate has changed
Share and Follow

Key Points
  • The Reserve Bank has chosen to keep the cash rate target at 4.1 per cent.
  • The RBA made 12 rate hikes across 13 monthly meetings between May 2022 and June 2023 to try to tackle inflation.
  • It’s the fourth consecutive month that the central bank has kept the rate unchanged.
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has kept the official cash rate at 4.1 per cent at its first meeting under the leadership of new governor .
It’s the fourth consecutive month that the central bank has kept the rate unchanged.
“The higher interest rates are working to establish a more sustainable balance between supply and demand in the economy and will continue to do so,” Bullock said in a statement after Tuesday’s monthly meeting.
“In light of this and the uncertainty surrounding the economic outlook, the Board again decided to hold interest rates steady this month.
“This will provide further time to assess the impact of the increase in interest rates to date and the economic outlook.”

Bullock took over from previous governor Philip Lowe in September, after he announced in July that he was stepping down from the role.

A final hike before the end of the year remains on the table, after a worrying set of inflation numbers in the monthly consumer price index.
The headline number lifted 5.2 per cent annually in August, up from 4.9 per cent in July.

The RBA board has opted to keep monitoring the situation and wait patiently for the full set of quarterly inflation numbers due later in the month.

Twelve separate rate hikes were made from a historic low of 0.10 per cent over 13 meetings between May 2022 and June 2023.

The increases were made in an effort to curb rising inflation.

A graph depicting how Australia's official interest rate has changed

Source: SBS News

Record numbers of mortgage holders have been deemed at risk of mortgage stress based on a Roy Morgan survey – a categorisation that takes into account monthly repayments as a percentage of income and spending.

More than 30 per cent of mortgage holders, or 1.57 million, fell into this at-risk category over the three months to August.

Share and Follow
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Europe reaches a deal on the world's first comprehensive AI rules

European Union negotiators clinched a deal today on the world’s first comprehensive…

Elderly man accused of killing wife appears in court

The elderly man accused of killing his wife, grandmother Maria Dimasi, inside…

Man faces court after alleged abduction of toddler

An amber alert was issued yesterday afternoon after a two-year-old boy was…

NSW on alert for its hottest day in almost four years as parts of Australia swelter

Building on the hot weather experienced along the east coast at the…

Millions in drugs seized as Vic Police crackdown on organised crime

Three people have been arrested and millions of dollars in steroids and…

Vigilante torturer could be out of jail in about a year

A former heavy drug user involved in the terrifying torture of a…

'It's a big responsibility': Creating Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is no spin-off.  The video game, which was…

ANZ ordered to pay almost $1m for breaching disclosure law

ANZ has been slapped with an almost $1 million fine after it…