This publication presents results in respect of 31 March 2013, from an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey of Australian resident enterprises with exposure to foreign currency. The survey covers all enterprises with significant foreign currency denominated balance sheet items and/or significant expected foreign currency denominated receipts or payments from trade. The information collected included foreign equity assets, foreign currency denominated debt assets and liabilities, expected future foreign currency receipts and payments from trade, the principal value of outstanding currency derivative contracts and policies on hedging foreign currency exposure.
The survey was conducted by the ABS at the request of, and with the financial support of, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). The survey provides additional information to that available in the International Investment Position, on the mitigating impact of hedging activities on foreign currency exposures.
This survey was first conducted in respect of 30 June 2001, with results released in a special article in the December quarter 2001 issue of Balance of Payments and International Investment Position (cat. no. 5302.0). Subsequent releases of the publication have been conducted in respect of 31 March 2005 and 31 March 2009 with results published in the 2005 and 2009 issues of Foreign Currency Exposure, Australia (cat. no. 5308.0).
Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of component items and the total.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Wolfgang Hertel on Canberra (02) 6252 7883.