Future Fund Investment Mandate Direction 2014

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  Future Fund Investment Mandate Direction 2014                        
We, J.B. HOCKEY, Treasurer, and MATHIAS HUBERT PAUL CORMANN, Minister for Finance, give this Direction under subsection 18(1) of the Future Fund Act 2006.
Dated              18 December 2014
J.B. HOCKEY                                               MATHIAS HUBERT PAUL CORMANN
  Treasurer                                                             Minister for Finance                                         
Part 1      Preliminary
1.      Name of Direction
This Direction is the Future Fund Investment Mandate Direction 2014.
2.      Commencement
This Direction commences on the 15th day after it is given.
   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 Directions 2006 are 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 Future Fund will make provision for unfunded superannuation liabilities that will become payable during a period when an ageing population is likely to place significant pressure on the Commonwealth’s finances.
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) + 4.5 to + 5.5 per cent per annum over the long term as the benchmark return on the Fund.
During the initial transition period, as the Board develops a long-term strategic asset allocation, a return lower than the benchmark return is expected.
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.

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