The October package aims to limit imports, support exports, strengthen the structure of Indonesia's industries (spur the development of an intermediate industry which will limit the import of these products), and prevent or stop capital outflows (particularly foreign capital) by making the country's economic fundamentals more appealing. It also intends to make Indonesia less dependent on external influences. These external influences include the policy changes of the Federal Reserve and weak global demand for Indonesia's exports (mainly commodities).

The August package focused on improving the performance of the country's rupiah, overcoming the widening current account deficit, stimulating investments and fostering economic growth and people's purchasing power. However, there are no quick fixes to the economy and it will take months before the impact of these packages are felt - if implemented thoroughly.