Questions & Answers About Search

The search engine will retrieve as many documents containing your entered terms as possible. The following tips can help you to better understand how to search and retrieve targeted results. Alternatively, you may use our Advanced Search interface to perform a detailed search.

1. How do I perform a simple search?

Search for any web page or document on the Reserve Bank of Australia's website by typing a few descriptive terms in the search box. Then, either click on the displayed Submit button, or press the ENTER key on your computer keyboard.

A new page with the results of your search will appear. This page is compiled using all of the terms you entered in the search box, with the most relevant results displayed at the top of the list. Click on the ‘Sort by Date’ link to sort results by date instead of relevance.

Terms may be entered without commas and without common words like ‘a’, ‘for’ and ‘the’.

Example

A search for the speech: Recent Developments in the Housing Market and its Financing

may be typed as:

Recent Developments Housing Market Financing

2. How do I search for exact terms and phrases?

For results that match exactly what you have entered in the search box, add double quotes around your terms or phrases.

Example

A search for: global financial markets

may be typed as:

"global financial markets"

3. How do I include specific words in my search?

If a particular word is essential to getting the results you want, add a plus (‘+’) sign in front of it. Include a space before the ‘+’ sign, but not after it.

Example

A search for all speeches with references to Payments System may be typed as:

Payments System +speech

4. How do I exclude specific words from my search?

Some search terms will have multiple meanings and usages. Exclude irrelevant results by adding a space and a minus sign (‘-’) in front of words related to the meaning you want to avoid.

Example

A search for references to minutes, but not the Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes,
may be typed as:

minutes -monetary -policy

5. How do I fill in the blanks with wildcards?

A wildcard (typed ‘*’) is a placeholder for any unknown terms. These terms must be whole words, not parts of words.

Example

A search for common phrases regarding the Bank Board's rate change decisions
may be typed as:

"The Board decided to leave the * rate unchanged at * per cent"

6. How do I search within titles?

To search within the main title of documents or web pages, use the query term ‘intitle:’.
Note that there should be no space after ‘intitle:’.

Example

A search for the term financial within the title text of any document or web page
may be typed as:

intitle:financial

7. How do I search within specific file types?

To search within a particular file type, use the query term ‘filetype:’.
Note that there should be no space after ‘filetype:’.

Example

A search for the term banknotes within .PDF documents may be typed as:

banknotes filetype:pdf