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Key economic dates of 2019

Glenn Freeman  |  18 Jan 2019Text size  Decrease  Increase  |  
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Several key domestic events will occur in 2019, including the handing down of the banking royal commission's final report, and elections of both federal and state NSW governments.

The following list outlines some of the key dates to keep an eye on this year – particularly the Federal Budget and the Federal Election that should follow in May; Reserve Bank of Australia decisions; consumer and business sentiment metrics; house price data and GDP figures.

On the global front, the potential resumption of trade tensions between US and China; the Brexit deadline; and parliamentary elections in Italy and elsewhere in the European Union also loom large.

Interest rate policies, both domestically and in the US, will continue to dominate finance news headlines in 2019 – given their impact on local housing, consumption and global trade.

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2019 will see some seismic shifts, both globally and locally


  • 01/02: Final Royal Commission report submission
  • 08/02: RBA statement on monetary policy
  • 13/02: NAB Business Confidence
  • 14/02: Westpac consumer confidence
  • 19/02: RBA minutes


  • 21/03: ABS employment figures
  • 29/03: EU ratification of Brexit withdrawal treaty / Brexit day
  • 30/03: 90-day trade war truce between US and China set to expire


  • 02/04: Federal Budget
  • 02/04: RBA interest rate decision
  • 10/04: NAB Business Confidence
  • 12/04: RBA Financial Stability Review
  • 16/04: RBA Meeting Minutes
  • 18/04: ABS Employment Figures
  • 26/04: Export / Import Prices – Quarter-on-Quarter – Jan-March Quarter 2019
  • 30/04: Health insurance premiums rise


  • 10/05: RBA Statement on Monetary Policy
  • 11/05: Federal Election (to be confirmed)
  • 21/05: RBA Meeting Minutes
  • 29/05: Housing Industry Australia – New Home Sales month-on-month


  • 04/06: RBA Interest Rate Decision
  • 12/06: NAB Business Confidence
  • 13/06: Westpac Consumer Confidence
  • 18/06: RBA Meeting Minutes
  • 19/06: House Price Index Year-on-Year
  • 20/06: RBA Bulletin


  • 16/07: RBA Meeting Minutes


  • 09/08: RBA Statement on Monetary Policy
  • 14/08: NAB Business Confidence
  • 15/08: Westpac Consumer Confidence
  • 16/08: ABS Employment Figures


  • 03/09: RBA Interest Rate Decision
  • 05/09: GDP Final Consumption – Q2
  • 17/09: RBA Meeting Minutes


  • 15/10: RBA Meeting Minutes
  • 18/10: ABS Employment Figures


  • 05/11: RBA Interest Rate Decision
  • 13/11: NAB Business Confidence
  • 14/11: Westpac Consumer Confidence


  • 03/12: RBA Interest Rate Decision


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