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Annual Report 2018-2019 Essential Services Commission of South Australia



Annual Report 2018-2019 Essential Services Commission of South Australia

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Essential Services Commission Notes to and forming part of the financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2019 9 1. About the Essential Services Commission 1.1. Reporting entity The financial statements and accompanying notes cover the Essential Services Commission (Commission) as an individual reporting entity. The Commission is a statutory authority of the State of South Australia, established under the Essential Services Commission Act 2002 (ESC Act). The Commission uses the banking arrangements of the Department of Treasury and Finance under a Service Level Agreement. A non-interest bearing Special Deposit Account (SDA) entitled Essential Services Commission Operating Account, established by the Treasurer of South Australia (Treasurer) under the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987 (PFAA), is used for the purpose of recording all of the financial transactions of the Commission, including the collection of licence and administration fees. 1.2. Statement of compliance These financial statements have been prepared in compliance with section 23 of the PFAA. The financial statements are general purpose financial statements. The accounts have been prepared in accordance with relevant Australian Accounting Standards (Reduced Disclosure Requirements) and comply with Treasurers Instructions and Accounting Policy Statements issued by the Treasurer under the PFAA. The Commission has applied Australian Accounting Standards for not-for-profit entities, as the Commission is a not-for-profit entity. Australian Accounting Standards and Interpretations that have recently been issued or amended, but are not yet effective, have not been adopted by the Commission for the period ending 30 June 2019. For the financial year 2019 the Commission adopted AASB 9 Financial Instruments and is required to comply with new Treasurers Instructions (Accounting Policy Statements) issued on 22 March 2019. Further information is provided in note 8.2. 1.3. Basis of preparation The financial statements are prepared based on a 12-month reporting period and are presented in Australian currency. The historical cost convention is used unless a different measurement basis is specifically disclosed in the note associated with the item measured on a different basis. All amounts in the financial statements and accompanying notes have been rounded to the nearest thousand dollars ($000). Assets and liabilities that are to be sold, consumed or realised as part of the normal operating cycle, have been classified as current assets or current liabilities. All other assets and liabilities are classified as non-current. Significant accounting policies are set out in the notes. 1.4. Administered items Section 22 of the ESC Act requires that, except as otherwise directed by the Treasurer, fees or other amounts received by the Commission under this or any other Act will be paid into the Consolidated Account. The Treasurer has directed the use of the SDA for the purpose of recording all the financial transactions of the Commission. The amounts transferred to the Consolidated Account are administered items held on behalf of the South Australian Government. The Commission is accountable for the collection and banking of those administered items, but does not have the discretion to deploy the resources for the achievement of the Commission's objectives. The receipt of these administered items is not recognised as revenue. Instead, the subsequent transfer of these items to the Consolidated Account is disclosed in notes 4.1 and 11. The accrual basis of accounting has been used in accounting for administered items.