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Programme 1.3: Support for markets and business

Programme objective

The objectives of programme 1.3 are to:

  • put Australia at the forefront of regional and global examination of financial sector developments and the design of regulatory responses by providing funding of $12.1 million over four years for the Centre for International Finance and Regulation. The Centre comprises a consortium of Australian and international universities, research centres and financial organisations and is led by the University of New South Wales;
  • make payments in respect of insurance claims arising from the residual Housing Loans Insurance Company Limited portfolio. The Housing Loans Insurance Company Limited pre-transfer contract portfolio will be managed to ensure all liabilities arising from claims under this portfolio are met and any related debts are recovered; and
  • make payments of assistance to eligible HIH insurance policy holders under the HIH Claims Support Scheme. Work is now focused on finalising remaining claims so assistance can be paid, and the claims portfolio wound up.

Programme deliverables

The programme deliverables are:

  • payments to the Centre for International Finance are made according to agreed milestones and schedules; and
  • payments of claims arising from the Housing Loans Insurance Company Limited residual and assistance under the HIH Claims Support Scheme are made according to agreed schedules.

Key performance indicators

The key performance indicators are:

  • payments for the Centre for International Finance and Regulation will be made according to the agreed funding schedule; and
  • payments of claims arising from the Housing Loans Insurance Company Limited residual and assistance under the HIH Claims Support Scheme are accurately determined and are made according to agreed schedules.

Analysis of performance

  • Payments to the University of New South Wales for the Centre for International Finance and Regulation were accurately determined and made in a timely manner.
  • Payments made from the Housing Loans Insurance Corporation Limited met the cost of administering and meeting the Commonwealth’s obligations arising from ongoing management of the residual portfolio of lenders’ mortgage insurance contracts.
  • Payments made to the HIH Claims Support Scheme met the costs of operating the scheme and providing assistance to eligible policyholders. The Treasury continues to work closely with the HIH administrators, McGrathNicol, and the contracted claims manager, Gallagher Bassett Services Pty Ltd, to settle remaining claims.
  • All payments were accurately determined, in accordance with industry best practice and government regulations, and made in a timely manner.