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Note 19. Current Liabilities - Provisions

2019

2018

$'000

$'000

Employee benefits

9,286

9,320

Restoration obligations

1,399

898

10,685

10,218

Restoration obligations
Refer to note 22 for details on the restoration obligations.

Accounting policy for provisions
Provisions are recognised when Hearing Australia has a present (legal or constructive) obligation as a result of a past event, it is probable Hearing Australia will be required to settle the obligation, and a reliable estimate can be made of the amount of the obligation. The amount recognised as a provision is the best estimate of the consideration required to settle the present obligation at the reporting date, taking into account the risks and uncertainties surrounding the obligation. If the time value of money is material, provisions are discounted using a current pre-tax rate specific to the liability. The increase in the provision resulting from the passage of time is recognised as a finance cost.

Accounting policy for employee benefits

Short-term employee benefits
Liabilities for wages and salaries, including non-monetary benefits, termination benefits, annual leave and long service leave expected to be settled wholly within 12 months of the reporting date are measured at the amounts expected to be paid when the liabilities are settled.
No provision is made for sick leave as all sick leave is non-vesting and the average sick leave taken in future years by employees of Hearing Australia is estimated to be less than the annual entitlement for sick leave.

Superannuation benefits
Employees of Hearing Australia are members of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme ('CSS'), the Public Sector Superannuation Scheme ('PSSdb'), the PSS Accumulation Plan ('PSSap') or other superannuation funds held outside the Commonwealth. Directors of Hearing Australia are members of the CSS, PSSdb or other superannuation funds held outside the Commonwealth, but not the PSSap.

The CSS and PSSdb are 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 schedule and notes.

Hearing Australia makes employer contributions to the Commonwealth employee superannuation schemes at rates determined by an actuary to be sufficient to meet the current cost to the Government, and accounts for the contributions as if they were contributions to defined contribution plans.