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Overview

Objectives of the Entity

The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is an Australian Government controlled entity. It is a not-for-profit entity. The Commission's objective is to ensure that Australians have access to independent human rights complaint handling and public inquiry processes and benefit from human rights education, promotion, monitoring and compliance activities.

The Commission is structured to meet the following outcome:

An Australian society in which human rights are respected, protected and promoted through independent investigation and resolution of complaints, education and research to promote and eliminate discrimination, and monitoring, and reporting on human rights.

The continued existence of the Commission in its present form and with its present programmes is dependent on Government policy and on continuing funding by Parliament for the Commission’s administration and programmes.

The Basis of Preparation

The financial statements are general purpose financial statements and are required by section 42 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with:

a) Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Financial Reporting) Rule 2015 (FRR); and

b) Australian Accounting Standards and Interpretations – Reduced Disclosure Requirements issued by the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) that apply for the reporting period.

The financial statements have been prepared on an accrual basis and in accordance with the historical cost convention, except for certain assets and liabilities at fair value. Except where stated, no allowance is made for the effect of changing prices on the results or the financial position. The financial statements are presented in Australian dollars.

New Accounting Standards

Adoption of New Australian Accounting Standard Requirements
No accounting standard has been adopted earlier than the application date as stated in the standard.

No new, revised, amending standards and interpretations that were issued prior to the signing of the statement by the accountable authority and chief financial officer, were applicable to the current reporting period and had a material effect on the Commission's financial statements:

Standard/ Interpretation

Nature of change in accounting policy, transitional provisions, and adjustment to financial statements

AASB 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers / AASB 2016-8 Amendments to Australian Accounting

Standards – Australian Implementation Guidance for Not-for-Profit Entities and AASB 1058 Income of Not-For-Profit Entities

AASB 15, AASB 2016-8 and AASB 1058 became effective 1 July 2019.

AASB 15 establishes a comprehensive framework for determining whether, how much and when revenue is recognised. It replaces existing revenue recognition guidance, including AASB 118 Revenue, AASB 111 Construction Contracts and Interpretation 13 Customer Loyalty Programmes. The core principle of AASB 15 is that an entity recognises revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services.

AASB 1058 is relevant in circumstances where AASB 15 does not apply. AASB 1058 replaces most of the not-for-profit (NFP) provisions of AASB 1004 Contributions and applies to transactions where the consideration to acquire an asset is significantly less than fair value principally to enable the entity to further its objectives, and where volunteer services are received.

The details of the changes in accounting policies, transitional provisions and adjustments are disclosed below and in the relevant notes to the financial statements.

AASB 16 Leases

AASB 16 became effective on 1 July 2019.

This new standard has replaced AASB 117 Leases, Interpretation 4 Determining whether an Arrangement contains a Lease,

Interpretation 115 Operating Leases—Incentives and Interpretation 127 Evaluating the Substance of Transactions Involving the Legal Form of a Lease.

AASB 16 provides a single lessee accounting model, requiring the recognition of assets and liabilities for all leases, together with options to exclude leases where the lease term is 12 months or less, or where the underlying asset is of low value. AASB 16 substantially carries forward the lessor accounting in AASB 117, with the distinction between operating leases and finance leases being retained. The details of the changes in accounting policies, transitional provisions and adjustments are disclosed below and in the relevant notes to the financial statements.

The property lease has created a right of use asset and lease liability for the Commission. The Commission only has one lease that meets the criteria of AASB 16 for the recognition as right of use assets and associated liabilities. This has impacted the value of assets and liabilities and increased the depreciation expense.

Future Australian Accounting Standard Requirements

The following new, revised, amending standards and interpretation were issued by the Australian Accounting Standards Board prior to the signing of the statement by the accountable authority and chief financial officer, which are expected to have a material impact on the Commission's financial statements for future reporting period(s):

Standard/ Interpretation

Application date for the Commission

Nature of impending change/s in accounting policy and likely impact on initial application

AASB 2018-7 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Definition of Material

1 July 2020

The amendments to the definition of ‘material’ clarify that materiality will depend on the nature or magnitude of information or both. An entity will need to assess whether the information, either individually or in combination with other information, is material in the context of the financial statements. AASB 2018-7 aligns the definition of ‘material’ across AASB 101 Presentation of Financial Statements and AAS 108 Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors and clarify certain aspects of the definition.

AASB 2019-2 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Implementation of AASB 1059

1 July 2020

AASB 2019-2 amends AASB 16 and AASB 1059 primarily to provide a practical expedient to grantors of service concession arrangements so that AASB 16 needs not be applied to assets that would be recognised as service concession assets under AASB 1059. AASB 2019-2 clarifies measurement requirements of the liability of grantors that use the modified retrospective approach upon initial adoption of AASB 1059.

AASB 1059 Service Concession Arrangements: Grantors

1 July 2020

AASB 1059 takes effect from 1 January 2020. It addresses the accounting for a service concession arrangement by a grantor that is a public sector entity. The standard requires a grantor to:

-Recognise a service concession asset constructed, developed or acquired from a third party by the operator, including an upgrade to an existing asset of the grantor when the grantor controls the asset.

-Reclassify an existing asset as a service concession asset when it meets the criteria for recognition as a service concession asset.

-Initially measure a service concession asset at current replacement cost in accordance with the cost approach to fair value in AASB 13 and subsequent to the initial recognition or reclassification of the asset, the service concession asset is accounted for in accordance with AASB 116 or AASB 138.

-Recognise a corresponding liability measured initially at the fair value of the service concession asset, adjusted for any other consideration between the grantor and the operator, using either the financial liability model or the grant of a right to the operator model or both.

The new standard will have no impact on the Commission.

AASB 1060 General Purpose Financial Statements – Simplified Disclosures for For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Tier 2 Entities

1 July 2020

AASB 1060 is the new simplified disclosure standard developed by the AASB based on IFRS for Small and Medium-sized Entities. It requires Tier 2 entities to follow the recognition and measurement requirements under Australian Accounting Standards but to apply the simplified disclosure requirements in AASB 1060. This standard will only apply to disclosures.

Finance has yet to analyse the possible impact of this standard on entity financial statements.

Application of AASB 16 Leases

The Commission adopted AASB 16 using the modified retrospective approach, under which the cumulative effect of initial application is recognised in retained earnings at 1 July 2019. Accordingly, the comparative information presented for 20x1 is not restated, that is, it is presented as previously reported under AASB 117 and related interpretations.

The Commission elected to apply the practical expedient to not reassess whether a contract is, or contains a lease at the date of initial application. Contracts entered into before the transition date that were not identified as leases under AASB 117 were not reassessed. The definition of a lease under AASB 16 was applied only to contracts entered into or changed on or after 1 July 2019.

AASB 16 provides for certain optional practical expedients, including those related to the initial adoption of the standard. The Commission applied the following practical expedients when applying AASB 16 to leases previously classified as operating leases under AASB 117:

  Apply a single discount rate to a portfolio of leases with reasonably similar characteristics;
  Exclude initial direct costs from the measurement of right-of-use assets at the date of initial application for leases where the right-of-use asset was determined as if AASB 16 had been applied since the commencement date;
  Reliance on previous assessments on whether leases are onerous as opposed to preparing an impairment review under AASB 136 Impairment of assets as at the date of initial application; and
  Applied the exemption not to recognise right-of-use assets and liabilities for leases with less than 12 months of lease term remaining as of the date of initial application.

As a lessee, the Commission previously classified leases as operating or finance leases based on its assessment of whether the lease transferred substantially all of the risks and rewards of ownership. Under AASB 16, the Commission recognises right-of-use assets and lease liabilities for most leases. However, the Commission has elected not to recognise right-of-use assets and lease liabilities for some leases of low value assets based on the value of the underlying asset when new or for short-term leases with a lease term of 12 months or less.

On adoption of AASB 16, the Commission recognised right-of-use assets and lease liabilities in relation to leases of office space which had previously been classified as operating leases.

The lease liabilities were measured at the present value of the remaining lease payments, discounted using the Commission's incremental borrowing rate as at 1 July 2019. The Commission's incremental borrowing rate is the rate at which a similar borrowing could be obtained from an independent creditor under comparable terms and conditions. The weighted-average rate applied was 1.08%.

The right-of-use assets were measured as follows:

a) Office space: measured at an amount equal to the lease liability, adjusted by the amount of any prepaid or accrued lease payments.
b) All other leases: the carrying value that would have resulted from AASB 16 being applied from the commencement date of the leases, subject to the practical expedients noted above.

Impact on transition

On transition to AASB 16, the Commission recognised additional right-of-use assets and additional lease liabilities, recognising the difference in retained earnings. The impact on transition is summarised below:

1 July 2019

$'000

Right-of-use assets - property lease

5,951

Lease liabilities

5,951

Retained earnings

2,041

The following table reconciles the minimum lease commitments disclosed in the entity's 30 June 2019 annual financial statements to the amount of lease liabilities recognised on 1 July 2019:

1 July 2019

$'000

Minimum operating lease commitment

at 30 June 2019

8,568

Less: short-term leases not recognised

under AASB 16

-

Less: low value leases not recognised

under AASB 16

(73)

Plus: effect of extension options reasonable certain to be exercised

-

Undiscounted lease payments

8,495

Less: effect of discounting using the incremental borrowing rate as at the date of initial application

-

Less: Other expenses included as part of operating lease commitments

(2,544)

Lease liabilities recognised at 1 July 2019

5,951

Taxation

The Commission is exempt from all forms of taxation except Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) and the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Events After the Reporting Period

The Commission is not aware of any significant events that have occurred since balance date that warrant disclosure in these financial statements.

Transitional Disclosure for AASB 15/AASB 1058

AASB 15 / AASB 1058

Previous AAS

Increase / (decrease)

$’000

$’000

$’000

Expenses

Employee benefits and Suppliers

5,408

5,408

0

Total Expenses

5,408

5,408

0

Revenue

Rendering of Services

5,408

7,328

(1,920)

Total Revenue

5,408

7,328

(1,920)

Net cost of services

-

(1,920)

1,920

Assets

Total Assets

0

0

0

Liabilities

Revenue received in advance

5,191

3,271

1,920

Total Liabilities

5,191

3,271

1,920

Retained earnings

(5,191)

(5,191)

0

The changes identified are the impact from implementation of new accounting standard AASB 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers during the reporting period. Recognition of revenue applies the single AASB 15 model to contracts with customers and two approaches to recognising revenue: at a point in time or over time. Under previous accounting standards most of the Commission's revenue was recognised at a point in time, application of the new accounting standard results in most revenue being recognised over time.