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Note 3. Departmental financial position

This section analyses ASIC’s assets used to conduct its operations and the operating liabilities incurred as a result. Employee related information is disclosed in the People and Relationships section.

3.1 Financial assets

2020

$’000

2019

$’000

3.1A: Cash and cash equivalents

Cash in special accounts

39,599

62,954

Cash at bank

1,552

2,267

Total cash and cash equivalents

41,151

65,221

Cash in special accounts does not include amounts held in trust.
($8.711m in 2020 and $12.196m in 2019).

3.1B: Trade and other receivables

2020

$’000

2019

$’000

Goods and services receivables:

Goods and services

40,381

5,179

Total goods and services receivables (gross)

40,381

5,179

Less impairment allowance

(585)

(602)

Total goods and services receivables (net)

39,796

4,577

Appropriations receivables:

Appropriations receivable

126,031

126,040

Total appropriations receivable

126,031

126,040

Other receivables:

GST receivable from the Australian Taxation Office

4,666

4,541

Total other receivables

4,666

4,541

Total trade and other receivables (net)

170,493

135,158

Trade and other receivables are expected to be recovered:

No more than 12 months

170,493

135,158

Credit terms for goods and services were within 20 days (2019: 30 days)

Reconciliation of the movement in the impairment allowance account

As at 1 July

602

616

Amounts recovered and reversed

(57)

(510)

Increase recognised in net cost of services

40

496

Total as at 30 June

585

602

Accounting Policy

Receivables

Trade receivables and other receivables are classified as ‘loans and receivables’ and recorded at face value less any impairment. Trade receivables are recognised where ASIC becomes party to a contract and has a legal right to receive cash. Trade receivables are derecognised on payment.

Financial assets are assessed for impairment at the end of each reporting period. Allowances are made when collectability of the debt is no longer probable.

3.2 Non-financial assets

The carrying value of leasehold improvements, plant & equipment and computer software was reviewed at 30 June 2020. No indicators of impairment were found.

Reconciliation of the opening and closing balances of leasehold improvements, plant & equipment and intangibles1

Buildings
$’000

Plant & equipment
$’000

Computer software
$’000

Total
$’000

As at 1 July 2019

Gross book value

94,213

65,616

374,532

534,361

Accumulated depreciation/amortisation and impairment

(65,411)

(44,955)

(287,677)

(398,043)

Total as at 1 July 2019

28,802

20,661

86,855

136,318

Recognition of ROU assets on initial application of AASB 16

80,420

80,420

Adjusted total as at 1 July 2019

109,222

20,661

86,855

216,738

Additions:

by purchase

7,380

6,330

850

14,560

internally developed

19,859

19,859

ROU assets

142,248

142,248

Total additions

149,628

6,330

20,709

176,667

Depreciation and amortisation

(6,396)

(7,478)

(33,557)

(47,431)

Depreciation of ROU assets

(16,050)

(16,050)

Write-offs recognised in the operating result

(2)

(2)

Total as at 30 June 2020

236,404

19,511

74,007

329,922

Total as at 30 June 2020 represented by:

Gross book value

324,261

70,148

395,242

789,651

Accumulated depreciation/amortisation and impairment

(87,857)

(50,637)

(321,235)

(459,729)

Total as at 30 June 2020

236,404

19,511

74,007

329,922

Carrying amount of ROU asset

206,618

206,618

1 The above table discloses property, plant and equipment not subject to operating leases.

Accounting Policy

Assets are recorded at cost of acquisition, except where stated below.

The cost of acquisition includes the fair value of assets transferred in exchange and liabilities undertaken. Financial assets are initially measured at their fair value plus transaction costs where appropriate.

Asset Recognition Threshold

Purchases of leasehold improvements, plant and equipment are initially recognised at cost in the Statement of Financial Position, except for purchases costing less than $5,000, which are expensed in the year of acquisition (other than where they form part of a group of similar items which are significant in total).

The initial cost of an asset includes an estimate of the cost of dismantling and removing the item and restoring the site on which it is located. This is particularly relevant to ‘make good’ provisions taken up by ASIC where there exists an obligation to restore the premises to their original condition at the conclusion of the lease. These costs are included in the value of ASIC’s property expenses with a corresponding provision for the ‘make good’ recognised.

Lease Right of Use (ROU) Assets

Leased ROU assets are capitalised at the commencement date of the lease and comprise of the initial lease liability amount, initial direct costs incurred when entering into the lease less any lease incentives received. These assets are accounted for by Commonwealth lessees as separate asset classes to corresponding assets owned outright, but included in the same column as where the corresponding underlying assets would be presented if they were owned.

On initial adoption of AASB 16 ASIC has adjusted the ROU assets at the date of initial application by the amount of any provision for onerous leases recognised immediately before the date of initial application. Following initial application, an impairment review is undertaken for any right of use lease asset that shows indicators of impairment and an impairment loss is recognised against any right of use lease asset that is impaired. Lease ROU assets continue to be measured at cost after initial recognition in Commonwealth agency, GGS and Whole of Government financial statements.

Revaluations

Following initial recognition at cost, leasehold improvements, plant and equipment were carried at latest revaluation less accumulated depreciation and accumulated impairment losses. Valuations are conducted with sufficient frequency to ensure that the carrying amounts of assets did not differ materially from the assets’ fair values as at the reporting date. The regularity of independent valuations depended on the volatility of movements in market values for the relevant assets. An independent valuation of ASIC’s assets was undertaken as at 30 June 2019.

Revaluation adjustments are made on a class basis. Any revaluation increment was credited to equity under the heading of asset revaluation reserve except to the extent that it reversed a previous revaluation decrement of the same asset class that was previously recognised in the surplus/deficit. Revaluation decrements for a class of assets are recognised directly in the surplus/deficit except to the extent that they reversed a previous revaluation increment for that class.

Any accumulated depreciation as at the revaluation date was eliminated against the gross carrying amount of the asset and the asset was restated to the revalued amount.

Depreciation

All depreciable leasehold improvements, plant and equipment assets are written down to their estimated residual values over their estimated useful lives to ASIC, using the straight-line method of depreciation.

Depreciation rates (useful lives), residual values and methods are reviewed at each reporting date and necessary adjustments are recognised in the current, or current and future reporting periods, as appropriate.

Depreciation rates applying to each class of depreciable asset are based on the following useful lives:

2020

2019

Leasehold improvements

Residual lease term

Residual lease term

Plant and equipment

2 to 80 years

2 to 80 years

Impairment

All assets were assessed for impairment as at 30 June 2020. Where indications of impairment exist, the asset’s recoverable amount is estimated and an impairment adjustment made if the asset’s recoverable amount is less than its carrying amount.

The recoverable amount of an asset is the higher of its fair value less costs of disposal and its value in use. Value in use is the present value of the future cash flows expected to be derived from the asset. Where the future economic benefit of an asset is not primarily dependent on the asset’s ability to generate future cash flows, and the asset would be replaced if the entity were deprived of the asset, its value in use is taken to be its current replacement cost.

Derecognition

An item of property, plant and equipment is derecognised upon disposal or when no further future economic benefits are expected from its use or disposal.

Intangibles

ASIC’s intangibles comprise software either purchased or internally developed for internal use. These assets are carried at cost less accumulated amortisation and accumulated impairment losses.

Software is amortised on a straight-line basis over its anticipated useful life. The useful life of ASIC’s hardware is 2 to 10 years (2019: 2 to 10 years).

All software assets were assessed for indications of impairment as at 30 June 2020.

Significant accounting judgements and estimates

In the process of applying the accounting policies listed in this note, ASIC has made assumptions or estimates in the following areas that have the most significant impact on the amounts recorded in the financial statements:

  • The fair value of leasehold improvements and property, plant and equipment (excluding ROU assets) is assessed at market value or current replacement cost as determined by an independent valuer and is subject to management assessment between formal valuations.

3.3 Payables

2020

$’000

2019

$’000

3.3A: Suppliers

Trade creditors and accruals

30,798

41,832

Operating lease rent payable1

7,789

Total suppliers

30,798

49,621

Supplier payables are settled per the terms of the purchase order or contract and are expected to be settled within 12 months.

Supplier payables are settled per the terms of the purchase order or contract and are expected to be settled within 12 months.

3.3B: Other payables

Prepayments received/unearned income

15,423

9,199

Property lease incentives1

17,818

Salaries and bonuses

16,603

12,384

Separations and redundancies

1,401

505

Other

3,790

207

Total other payables

37,217

40,113

1 ASIC has applied AASB 16 using the modified retrospective approach and therefore the comparative information has not been restated and continues to be reported under AASB 117.

3.4 Interest-bearing liabilities

Lease liability

257,272

Repayment of lease liability

(14,462)

Total interest-bearing liabilities

242,810

Accounting Policy

Refer to the Overview section for the accounting policy on leases.

3.5 Other provisions

Provision for restructuring

$’000

Provision for restoration costs

$’000

Provision for settlement costs

$’000

Total Other Provisions

$’000

As at 1 July 2019

789

7,671

9,820

18,280

Additions

112

4,000

4,112

Amounts reversed

(489)

(1,552)

(7,800)

(9,841)

Amortisation of restoration provision discount

188

188

Total as at 30 June 2020

300

6,419

6,020

12,739

Accounting Policy

Restoration costs

ASIC currently has four lease agreements (2019: seven) for the leasing of premises which have provisions requiring ASIC to restore the premises to their original condition at the conclusion of the lease. The provision reflects the current best estimate of these future restoration costs discounted to reflect the present value of the future payments.

Settlement costs

ASIC recognises a provision for the estimated costs that will be paid on settlement of current legal proceedings based on past history of settlement costs.

The accounting policy for the provision for restructuring is contained in Note 6 People and relationships.