Australia is a leading supporter of debt transparency. Accessible information about Australia’s loans to national governments is a critical part of debt sustainability and promotes governance and accountability. It supports civil society actors and helps international institutions match debt data between creditors and debtors.
G20 Operational Guidelines
In October 2022, the Government announced it will begin publishing loan‑by‑loan information on a single website. This is in line with best practice under the G20 Operational Guidelines for Sustainable Financing.
The aim of these guidelines is to “enhance access to sound financing for development while ensuring that sovereign debt remains on a sustainable path by fostering information sharing and cooperation among borrowers, creditors and international financial institutions, as well as learning through capacity building.”
Australia lends to other national governments through the following entities:
- Export Finance Australia (EFA)
- Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) - for which EFA is the lender of record
- Bilateral loans under the International Monetary Agreements Act 1947
Australia will publish a stock of lending aggregated on a country‑by‑country basis as at 30 June 2022. Australia will update any new issued sovereign lending on a quarterly basis.
Lending to national governments will continue to be reported through Commonwealth Budget’s Statement of Risks, by Export Finance Australia, the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific, to the Paris Club and through the publication of National Interest Statements for loans made under the International Monetary Agreements Act 1947.
New bilateral loans between 1 July 2022 - 31 December 2022
|Date of loan agreement||Lender||Beneficiary||Use of proceeds||Loan amount||Loan currency||Interest rate||Maturity (years)||Grace period (months)||Collateral|
|18/10/2022||AIFFP*||Republic of Fiji||Transport infrastructure||40,000,000||USD||SOFR† + margin||10‑15||36||N/A|
|15/12/2022||AIFFP*||Democratic Republic of Timor‑Leste||Transport infrastructure||40,000,000||USD||SOFR† + margin||20‑25||60||N/A|
|15/12/2022||Australian Government||Independent State of Papua New Guinea||Budget Support||750,000,000||AUD||Australian Government cost of borrowing‡||20‑25||0||N/A|
* Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific
† Secured Overnight Financing Rate
‡ At the time of drawdown as determined by the daily yield on Australian Government bonds with a 10 year maturity
Total outstanding bilateral loans as of 30 June 2022
|Country name||Export Finance Australia||International Monetary Agreements Act||Total (AUD)|
|Papua New Guinea||$789,035,916.82||$1,184,241,461.98||$1,973,277,378.80|
|Trinidad and Tobago||$264,004,946.10||$264,004,946.10|