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Note 1: Expenses

2020

2019

$

$

Note 1A: Employee Benefits

Wages and salaries

6,658,442

6,369,712

Superannuation:

Defined contribution plans

646,810

653,128

Defined benefit plans

530,811

533,202

Leave and other entitlements

809,240

1,021,070

Separation payment

60,000

-

Total employee benefits

8,705,303

8,577,112

Accounting policies for employee related expenses is contained in Note 7.

Note 1B: Suppliers

Goods and services

Consultants and contractors1

1,379,260

837,502

Travel

275,872

357,627

IT services

471,070

436,798

Property maintenance2

2,269,891

1,431,391

Professional fees

691,517

331,485

Printing, consumables and general

276,162

265,841

Household and hospitality

241,709

314,670

Other

104,834

159,197

Total goods and services supplied or rendered

5,710,315

4,134,511

Goods and services are made up of:

Provision of goods

627,230

670,885

Rendering of services

5,083,085

3,463,626

Total goods and services supplied or rendered

5,710,315

4,134,511

Other suppliers

Workers compensation expenses

149,381

227,343

Total other suppliers

149,381

227,343

Total suppliers

5,859,696

4,361,854

Note 1C: Finance costs

Interest on lease liabilities3

55

-

Total finance costs

55

-

Note 1D: Other Expenses

Transfer of externally funded assets to Administered

-

184,406

Total other expenses

-

184,406

1. The increase is predominantly due to a marked increase in operating activities including processing of nominations for honours and awards, necessitating hiring more contractors to keep up with the increase in operations during the year.

2. The increase is related to additional property maintenance activities. The reduced number of event-related visits to the Governor-General as a result of COVID-19 restrictions provided an operational opportunity to undertake additional maintenance activities at Government House and Admiralty House.

3. This is related to the interest component of lease payments for an ROU asset recognised upon initial application of AASB 16.