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$315bn cash circulating in Australia

29 November 2015 by News Desk

finance_wallet2There is more than $315 billion in currency circulating in Australia, according to latest figures from the Reserve Bank of Australia.

And it’s not all been lost down the back of the sofa – there is $65 billion of hard cash in store tills and people’s wallets, along with a further $250 billion of cash deposits in banks.

There is an additional $1.8 trillion in term deposits, certificates of deposit and other deposits from building societies and credit unions into banks, a figure that is 45 times greater than three decades ago.

Ten years ago there was $784 billion of “broad money” in circulation. Today that figure is $1.83 trillion. Total money supply Australia is now 66 times greater, at almost $2.4 trillion, than it was in 1976 at $36 billion.

30 years ago housing accounted for 24% of credit in Australia. Today that figure has grown to 61%, with growth in housing credit and loans now outpacing the volume of lending to businesses.

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