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Annual report 2003 - 2004



Annual report 2003 - 2004

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Department of the Chief Minister


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).






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ANNUAL REPORT 2003 - 2004 73 FIN A N C IA L STA TEM EN TS (f) Goods and Services Tax Revenues, expenses and assets are recognised net of the amount of goods and services tax (GST), except where the amount of GST incurred on a purchase of goods and services is not recoverable from the Australian Tax Office (ATO). In these circumstances the GST is recognised as part of the cost of acquisition of the asset or as part of an item of the expense. The net amount of GST recoverable from, or payable to, the ATO is included as part of receivables or payable in the Statement of Financial Position. Cash flows are included in the Statement of Cash Flows on a gross basis. The GST components of cash flows arising from investing and financing activities which are recoverable from, or payable to, the ATO are classified as operating cash flows. Commitments and contingencies are disclosed net of the amount of GST recoverable from, or payable to the ATO. (g) Interest Expenses Interest expenses include interest and finance lease charges and are expensed as incurred. (h) Cash and Deposits For the purpose of the Statement of Financial Position and the Statement of Cash Flows, cash includes cash on hand, cash at bank and cash equivalent assets controlled by the Agency. Cash equivalents are highly liquid short-term investments that are readily convertible to cash. Bank overdrafts are carried at the principal amount. (i) Inventories Inventories are carried at the lower of cost and net realisable value. (j) Receivables The collectibility of debtors or receivables is assessed at balance date and specific provision is made for any doubtful accounts. Debtors are to be settled within 30 days. (k) Property, Plant and Equipment Acquisitions All items of property, plant and equipment with a cost, or other value, equal to or greater than $5000 are recognised in the year of acquisition and depreciated as outlined below. Property, plant and equipment below the $5000 threshold are usually 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. DEPARTMENT OF THE CHIEF MINISTER, NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2004