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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission

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NORTHERN TERRITORY ELECTORAL COMMISSION NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS For the year ended 30 June 2011 43 at bank includes monies held in the Accountable Officers Trust Account (AOTA) that are ultimately payable to the beneficial owner refer also to note 20. n) Inventories Inventories include assets held either for sale (general inventories) or for distribution at no or nominal consideration in the ordinary course of business operations. Inventory held for distribution are regularly assessed for obsolescence and loss. o) Receivables Receivables include accounts receivable and other receivables and are recognised at fair value less any allowance for impairment losses. The allowance for impairment losses represents the amount of receivables the Agency estimates are likely to be uncollectible and are considered doubtful. Analyses of the age of the receivables that are past due as at the reporting date are disclosed in an aging schedule under credit risk in Note 16 Financial Instruments. Reconciliation of changes in the allowance accounts is also presented. Accounts receivable are generally settled within 30 days and other receivables within 30 days. p) Property, Plant and Equipment Acquisitions All items of property, plant and equipment with a cost, or other value, equal to or greater than $10,000 are recognised in the year of acquisition and depreciated as outlined below. Items of property, plant and equipment below the $10,000 threshold are expensed in the year of acquisition. The construction cost of property, plant and equipment 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 expected useful lives. Construction (Work in Progress) As part of the financial management framework, the Department of Construction and Infrastructure is responsible for managing general government capital works projects on a whole of Government basis. Therefore appropriation for Northern Territory Electoral Commission capital works is provided directly to the Department of Construction and Infrastructure 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. q) Biological Assets The Northern Territory Electoral Commission had no biological assets in 2010-11 and 2009-10.