In the year Australian pilot CBDC test for eAUD to start mid-2023: RBA white paper

Adding to the list of countries considering launching a domestic central bank digital currency (CBCC), the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) released a white paper outlining a broad plan for a pilot project for the eAUD.

In the year On 9 August 2022, the RBA announced a partnership with the Digital Finance Cooperative Research Center (DFCRC) to explore CBCC use cases for Australia. The joint research led to the launch of a project to test the general purpose pilot CBDC. As stated in the ‘Australian CBCC Pilot for Digital Finance Innovation’ white paper:

“Key objectives of the project are to identify and understand innovative business models, use cases, benefits, risks and practical models for CBDC in Australia.”

The Australian CBCC pilot project report is expected to be released in mid-2023 based on the indicative project timeline as shown below.

Timeline of Australia’s CBDC pilot project. Source:

As the central bank, the RBA will be responsible for issuing the eAUD, while the DFCRC will oversee the development and deployment of the eAUD platform. Industry participants can join the pilot as service providers after approval for implementation.

Tasks assigned to all parties involved in developing eAUD. Source:

The white paper suggests using a private, permissioned instance based on Ethereum (ETH). “Pilot participants, if selected, will bear their own costs for conception, design, development, implementation and testing of use cases,” explains the RBA.

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