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People and relationships

4.1 Employee Provisions





4.1A: Employee Provisions




Total employee provisions



Accounting policy

Liabilities for short-term employee benefits and termination benefits expected within twelve months of the end of reporting period are measured at their nominal amounts.


The liability for employee benefits includes provision for annual leave and long service leave.

No provision has been made for sick leave as all sick leave in non-vesting and the average sick leave taken in future years by employees of the entity is estimated to be less than the annual entitlement for sick leave.

The leave liabilities are calculated on the basis of employees’ remuneration at the estimated salary rates that will be applied at the time the leave is taken, including the entity’s employer superannuation contribution rates to the extent that the leave is likely to be taken during service rather than paid out on termination.

The liability for long service leave has been determined by reference to the shorthand method as prescribed by the Department of Finance. The estimate of the present value of the liability takes into account attrition rates and pay increases through promotion and inflation.


Under the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Choice of Funds) Act 2004, staff of the agency are able to become a member of any complying superannuation fund. A complying superannuation fund is one that meets the requirements under the Income Tax Assessment Act (1997) and the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.

Staff are members of a scheme of their choice, the Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (PSS), or the PSS accumulation plan (PSSap), or other superannuation funds held outside the Australian Government.

The PSS is a defined benefit schemes for the Australian Government. The PSSap is a defined contribution scheme.

The liability for defined benefits is recognised in the financial statements of the Australian Government and is settled by the Australian Government in due course. This liability is reported in the Department of Finance’s administered schedules and notes.

The entity makes employer contributions to the employees' superannuation scheme at rates determined by an actuary to be sufficient to meet the current cost to the Government. The entity accounts for the contributions as if they were contributions to defined contribution plans.

The liability for superannuation recognised as at 30 June represents outstanding contributions for the final day of the year.