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Annual Report 2004-2005 Ombudsman 27th Report



Annual Report 2004-2005 Ombudsman 27th Report

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Tabled By Claire Martin


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___________________________________________________________ Ombudsmans Annual Report 2004/05 115 Property, plant and equipment below the $5,000 threshold are expensed in the year of acquisition. The cost of property, plant and equipment constructed by the Agency includes the cost of materials and direct labour, and an appropriate proportion of fixed and variable overheads. Complex assets Major items of plant and equipment comprising a number of components that have different useful lives, are accounted for as separate assets. The components may be replaced during the useful life of the complex asset. Subsequent additional costs Costs incurred on property, plant and equipment subsequent to initial acquisition are capitalised when it is probable that future economic benefits in excess of the originally assessed performance of the asset will flow to the Agency in future years. Where these costs represent separate components of a complex asset, they are accounted for as separate assets and are separately depreciated over their useful lives. Construction work in progress As part of Stage 1 of Working for Outcomes, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment is responsible for managing general government capital works projects on a whole of Government basis. Therefore appropriation for most capital works is provided directly to the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment and the cost of construction work in progress is recognised as an asset of that Department. Once completed, capital works assets are transferred to the Agency. Revaluations Assets belonging to the following classes of non-current assets are progressively revalued on a rolling basis with sufficient regularity to ensure that an asset's carrying amount does not differ materially from its fair value at reporting date: Land; Buildings; Infrastructure assets; Cultural assets; and Self generating and regenerating assets. Fair value is the amount for which an asset could be exchanged, or liability settled, between knowledgeable, willing parties in an arms length transaction. Other classes of non-current assets are not subject to revaluation and are measured on a cost basis. The unique nature of some of the heritage and cultural assets may preclude reliable measurement. Such assets have not been recognised in the financial statements. Depreciation and amortisation Items of property, plant and equipment, including buildings but excluding land, have limited useful lives and are depreciated or amortised using the straight-line method over their estimated useful lives. Amortisation applies in relation to intangible non-current assets with limited useful lives and is calculated and accounted for in a similar manner to depreciation.

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