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Note 5: Non-Financial Assets

Note 5: Reconciliation of the Opening and Closing Balances of Property, Plant and Equipment (2019-20)

Other property, plant & equipment

Computer software purchased





As at 1 July 2019

Gross book value




Accumulated depreciation and impairment




Total as at 1 July 2019





ROU assets





Asset Purchases




Depreciation/Amortisation expense




Total as at 30 June 2020




Total as at 30 June 2020 represented by:

Gross book value




Accumulated depreciation and impairment




Total as at 30 June 2020




Carrying amount of ROU assets2




Contractual commitments for the acquisition of property, plant, equipment and intangible assets

The Office had no contractual commitments relating to non-financial assets as at 30 June 2020 (2019: $301,311).

1. The Office has applied AASB 16 using the modified retrospective approach under which the cumlative effect of initial application is recognised in opening retained earnings.

2. The carrying amount of ROU assets includes accumulated depreciation of $1,767.

Acquisition of Assets

Assets are recorded at cost on acquisition except as 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.

Property, Plant and Equipment

Asset Recognition Threshold

Purchases of property, plant and equipment are recognised initially at cost in the Statement of Financial Position, except for purchases costing less than $3,000, 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.

ROU Assets

Leased ROU assets are captialised at the commencement date of the lease and comprise 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 the Office 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.


Following initial recognition at cost, property plant and equipment are carried at fair value (or an amount not materially different from fair value) less subsequent accumulated depreciation and accumulated impairment losses. Valuations are conducted with sufficient frequency to ensure that the carrying amounts of assets do not differ materially from the assets’ fair values as at the reporting date. The regularity of independent valuations depends upon the volatility of movements in market values for the relevant assets.

Revaluation adjustments are made on a class basis. Any revaluation increment is credited to equity under the heading of asset revaluation reserve except to the extent that it reverses 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 reverse a previous revaluation increment for that class.

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

In relation to the official properties administered by the Office, the disposal of land is restricted as follows:

- in the case of Government House - by government zoning under the National Capital Plan; and
- in the case of Admiralty House - by New South Wales Legislation - Governor-General's Residence (Grant) Act 1945.


Depreciable property, plant and equipment are written-off to their estimated residual values over their estimated useful lives to the Office using, in all cases, 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 assets are based on the following useful lives:



Buildings on freehold land

1 to 116 years

1 to 116 years

Plant and equipment

1 to 57 years

1 to 57 years

Furniture and fittings, fine arts and antiques

3 to 185 years

3 to 185 years

Motor vehicles

2 to 14 years

2 to 14 years

Ceremonial motor vehicles

35 years

35 years

Computer hardware

1 to 4 years

1 to 4 years

The change in useful lives across individual classes of assets reflects the revised depreciation rates determined by the independent valuer as part of the triennial asset revaluation process.


All assets were assessed for indications of impairment as at 30 June 2020. No indicators of impairment were identified. 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 to sell 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 Office was deprived of the asset, its value in use is taken to be its depreciated replacement cost.


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.


The Office’s intangibles comprise purchased software for internal use. In the absence of an active market 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 average useful life of the Office's software is 5 years (2019: 5 years).

All software assets were assessed for indications of impairment as at 30 June 2020. No indicators of impairment were identified.