The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
Australia's large external deficits appear sustainable. There are, however, risks associated with the resulting external debt that need continued careful management. These deficits, which largely reflect high investment rather than low saving, should be sustainable as long as the Australian economy, especially its exports, grow strongly. The associated accumulation of foreign liabilities nonetheless leaves the country exposed to shocks, but these risks appear to be well managed. Australia's fiscal policy appears to be broadly consistent with guidelines for fiscal management in the face of commodity price swings.