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Future Fund Investment Mandate Direction 2017

Authoritative Version
Directions/Financial as made
This instrument gives guidance to the Future Fund Board of Guardians in relation to its investment strategy for the Future Fund and replaces the previously issued investment mandate (Future Fund Investment Mandate Direction 2014)
Administered by: Finance
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 s11 item 03
Made 15 May 2017
Registered 24 May 2017
Tabled HR 25 May 2017
Tabled Senate 13 Jun 2017

 

 

 

  Future Fund Investment Mandate Direction 2017                        

 

We, SCOTT MORRISON, Treasurer, and MATHIAS HUBERT PAUL CORMANN, Minister for Finance, give this Direction under subsection 18(1) of the Future Fund Act 2006.

 

Dated              15-5-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCOTT MORRISON                                     MATHIAS HUBERT PAUL CORMANN

  Treasurer                                                             Minister for Finance                                         


 

 

Part 1      Preliminary

 

 

1.      Name of Direction

 

This Direction is the Future Fund Investment Mandate Direction 2017.

 

2.      Commencement

 

This Direction commences on 1 July 2017, or on the 15th day after it is given to the Board, whichever occurs later.

 

   Note:      Section 42 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 (which deals with the disallowance of legislative instruments) does not apply to this instrument: see section 44 of that Act. Part 6 of that Act (which deals with the sunsetting of legislative instruments) does not apply to this instrument: see section 54 of that Act.

3.      Revocation of Previous Direction

 

            The Future Fund Investment Mandate Direction 2014 is revoked in full.

 

4.      Definitions

 

In this Direction:

 

Act means the Future Fund Act 2006.

 

Fund means the Future Fund.

 

Board means the Future Fund Board of Guardians.

 

responsible Ministers has the same meaning as in the Act.

 

5.      Object of this Direction

 

 

The object of this Direction is to give guidance to the Board in relation to its investment strategy for the Future Fund. The Future Fund Board of Guardians is required under section 18 of the Act to seek to maximise the return earned on the Fund over the long term, consistent with international best practice for institutional investment and subject to its obligations under the Act and any directions given by the responsible Ministers under subsection 18(1) or subclause 8(1) of Schedule 1 of the Act.

 

This Direction is given under subsection 18(1) of the Act to articulate the Government’s expectations for how the Fund will be invested and managed by the Board.

 

Investments by the Future Fund will be confined to financial assets.


 

 

Part 2      Direction

 

 

6.      Benchmark return

 

The Board is to adopt an average return of at least the Consumer Price Index (CPI) + 4 to + 5 per cent per annum over the long term as the benchmark return on the Fund.

 

In targeting the benchmark return, the Board must determine an acceptable but not excessive level of risk for the Fund measured in terms such as the probability of losses in a particular year.

 

7.      Limits for holdings of listed companies

 

The Board must establish a limit for holdings on any listed company in order to prevent a breach of the statutory limits imposed by sections 21 and 84C of the Act.

 

8.      Board must consider impacts from its investment strategy

 

In undertaking its investment activities, the Board must act in a way that:

 

(a) minimises the potential to effect any abnormal change in the volatility or efficient operation of Australian financial markets; and

(b) is unlikely to cause any diminution of the Australian Government’s reputation in Australian and international financial markets.

 

9.      Corporate Governance

 

The Board must have regard to international best practice for institutional investment in determining its approach to corporate governance principles, including in relation to its voting policy.