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1 Basis of preparation

Snowy Hydro Limited (the Company) is a for profit entity limited by shares, incorporated and domiciled in Australia. Its shares are privately held by the Commonwealth Government as a Government Business Enterprise and it operates as a Corporations Act company with an independent Board of Directors.

The consolidated financial statements comprise the Company and its controlled entities (together referred to as Snowy Hydro or the Group).

The nature of the operations and principal activities of Snowy Hydro are described in the Directors’ Report.

Statement of compliance

The consolidated financial statements are general purpose financial statements and have been prepared in accordance with the Corporations Act, applicable Accounting Standards and Interpretations, and comply with other requirements of the law.

The consolidated financial statements also comply with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.

The consolidated financial statements were authorised for issue by the Directors on 28 August 2019.

Basis of preparation

These consolidated financial statements have been prepared on the basis of historical cost, except for derivative financial instruments which have been measured at fair value. Cost is based on the fair value of the consideration given in exchange for assets.

All amounts are presented in Australian dollars.

Unless otherwise shown in the financial statements, amounts have been rounded to the nearest tenth of a million dollars and are shown by $million. Snowy Hydro is a company of the kind referred to in the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Corporations (Rounding in Financial/Directors’ Reports) Instrument 2016/191, dated 24 March 2016.

Basis of consolidation

The consolidated financial statements are prepared by combining the financial statements of all the entities that comprise the consolidated entity, being the Company and its controlled entities as defined in Accounting Standard AASB 127 “Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements”. A list of controlled entities appears in Note 21 to the financial statements. Consistent accounting policies are employed across all controlled entities in the preparation and presentation of the consolidated financial statements.

The consolidated financial statements include the information and results of each controlled entity from the date on which the Company obtains control and until such time as the Company ceases to control such entity. In preparing the consolidated financial statements, all intercompany balances and transactions, and unrealised profits arising within the consolidated entity are eliminated in full.

Where the cost of the acquisition exceeded the fair value of the identifiable assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities, acquired goodwill has been recognised in the consolidated statement of financial position. On the acquisition of a business any excess of the fair value of assets and liabilities acquired over the cost of acquisition has been recognised in the consolidated statement of profit or loss as a gain on acquisition.

Reporting Period

Reporting period has the same meaning as financial year for the purposes of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cwlth).

On 1 July 2018 a special ruling was made by the Finance Minister by amendment to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 stating that the first reporting period for Snowy Hydro is the period that begins on 29 June 2018 and ends 30 June 2019.

In accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 this Annual Report 2019 refers to 29 June 2018 to 30 June 2019. Snowy Hydro’s 2018 Annual Report represented the reporting period 2 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. The two days 29 to 30 June 2018 did not result in a material impact and accordingly comparative 2018 information provided in this report is in accordance with the published 2018 Annual Report.

Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty

Critical judgement and key assumptions that management has made that have the most significant effect on the amounts recognised in the financial statements are detailed in the notes below:


Judgement/ Estimation


Revenue recognition


Provision for doubtful debts

9 & 14

Environmental certificates


Impairment of goodwill


Valuation of financial instruments

Adoption of new and revised accounting standards

Snowy Hydro has adopted all of the new and revised Standard and Interpretations issued by the Australian Accounting Standards Board (“AASB”) that are relevant to its operations and effective for the current annual reporting period. The adoption of these new and revised Standards and Interpretations has not resulted in any material changes.

Notes to the Financial Report

The notes are organised into the following sections:

Financial performance overview

Provides a breakdown of individual line items in the consolidated statement of financial performance, and other information that is considered most relevant to users of the annual report.

Balance sheet items

Provides a breakdown of individual line items in the consolidated statement of financial position that are considered most relevant to users of the annual report.

Capital structure and risk management

Provides information about the capital management practices of Snowy Hydro and shareholder returns for the year. This section also discusses Snowy Hydro’s exposure to various financial risks, explains how these affect Snowy Hydro’s financial position and performance and what Snowy Hydro does to manage these risks.

Group structure

Explains aspects of the Snowy Hydro structure and the impact of this structure on the financial position and performance of Snowy Hydro.


Provides information on items which require disclosure to comply with Australian Accounting Standards and other regulatory pronouncements; and provides information about items that are not recognised in the financial statements but could potentially have a significant impact on Snowy Hydro’s financial position and performance.