On 10 August, the Government responded to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee report on the Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) Bill 2013 (Cth).

The Committee recommended that the Department of Agriculture and Treasury consult with the banking sector and relevant bodies who have identified deficiencies in the current information available on rural debt, and that the purpose of the consultation would be to progress a suitable data collection method to ensure that the quality of data available to government on rural debt would provide the information needed for decision makers to make timely and well-informed decisions.

In its response, the Government stated that it agreed with this recommendation.