3. Where the SWF’s activities have significant direct domestic macroeconomic implications, those activities should be closely coordinated with the domestic fiscal and monetary authorities, so as to ensure consistency with the overall macroeconomic policies.
The Australian Government is responsible for determining the timing and extent of withdrawals from the Future Fund, the MRFF, the ATSILS, the DCAF, and the NBFs subject to requirements set out in legislation.
The Commonwealth’s financial position, including the assets of the Future Fund, the Commonwealth’s unfunded superannuation liabilities and the assets and liabilities associated with other funds invested by the Board of Guardians, is a matter for Government. Full details are published annually in the Australian Government Budget Papers and other related documents.
The Board of Guardians does not have control or influence over the management of the liabilities and frames its investment strategy around the Investment Mandate Directions issued by the responsible Ministers under the legislation. The Investment Mandate Directions do not direct the Board of Guardians to invest in particular sectors or asset classes domestically or internationally. Based on its mandate the Board of Guardians develops and implements appropriate investment portfolios in line with the Investment Mandate Directions.
In establishing the NBFs the Australian Government made a commitment that spending proposals would be delivered in line with prevailing macroeconomic conditions. Spending from the NBFs is undertaken consistent with the legislated process and as part of the usual Budget process within the limits of the legislated General Drawing Rights Limit. Withdrawals from the Future Fund, the MRFF, the ATSILS, and the DCAF are made in accordance with the governing legislation.
Coordination by Government with all relevant fiscal and monetary authorities, and relevant departments, is undertaken as part of the legislated processes for withdrawals.