The Reserve Bank of Australia's Research Department undertakes longer-term research into issues relevant to monetary policy formulation and the operation of financial markets. Results are published in the Research Discussion Paper series.

The Department organises a major annual Conference as well as an annual Research Workshop. In addition, it organises a program of internal seminars, hosts academic visitors as well as visitors from other central banks and policy institutions, and is responsible for administering a comprehensive library service for the Reserve Bank.

The Department is headed by John Simon, Head of Economic Research. To contact the Department, please email

Research Discussion Papers

Research Discussion Papers contain the results of economic research within the Reserve Bank. They are issued throughout the year, with summaries periodically reproduced in the Bulletin.


The Bank hosts an annual conference, with collections of papers and discussions published in a summary of proceedings. Individual papers are available on the website at the time of the conference.


The Reserve Bank holds regular economic research workshops, and periodically other workshops on special topics.