National Transport Commission
Section 3: Explanatory tables and budgeted financial statements
Section 3 presents explanatory tables and budgeted financial statements which provide a comprehensive snapshot of entity finances for the 2015–16 budget year. It explains how budget plans are incorporated into the financial statements and provides further details of the reconciliation between appropriations and programme expenses, movements in administered funds, special accounts and government Indigenous expenditure.
3.1.1: Movement of administered funds between years
This table is not provided as the NTC does not receive administered funds.
3.1.2: Special Accounts
This table is not provided as the NTC does not maintain Special Accounts.
3.1.3: Australian Government Indigenous Expenditure
This table is not provided as the NTC does not have any Indigenous specific expenses.
3.2.1: Differences in entity resourcing and financial statements
The NTC does not have any significant differences between the resource information presented in the Budget Papers and Portfolio Budget Statements as a result of differences between Australian Accounting Standards (AAS) and Government Finance Statistics (GFS).
3.2.2: Analysis of budgeted financial statements
An analysis of the NTC's budgeted financial statements, as reflected in the budgeted departmental financial statements for 2015–16, is provided below.
Budgeted departmental income statement
The NTC's primary source of income is funding provided by Commonwealth, States and Territories on an annual basis, apportioned by an agreed percentage allocation as outlined within the NTC's IGA. Annual funding is increased by index (forward CPI) each year to support the NTC's work programme portfolio.
Under the NTC Act, funding for the Commission is to be applied only in payment or discharge of the costs, expenses and other obligations incurred by the Commission in the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers.
Each year, the Commission must prepare estimates, in accordance with the Council directions, of the Commission's receipts and expenditure for each financial year and, if the Council so directs, for any other period specified by the Council. The Commission must submit estimates so prepared to the Council no later than such a date as the Council directs. Except with the consent of the Council, the funding of the Commission must not be spent otherwise than in accordance with the applicable strategic plan and work programme provided annually. On this basis, the NTC's forward estimate may change yearly based on directions from the Council.
Budgeted departmental balance sheet
The NTC's balance sheet is simple in structure and classification. Assets are largely comprised of cash and office plant and equipment, while liabilities are payables (to suppliers) and employee provision (staff entitlements).
3.2.3: Budgeted financial statements tables
Table 3.2.1: Comprehensive income statement (showing net cost of services) (for the period ended 30 June)
3.2.4: Notes to the financial statements
- Accounting policy
The budgeted financial statements have been prepared on an accrual accounting basis, having regard to Statements of Accounting Concepts, and in accordance with:
- the Finance Minister's Orders;
- Australian Accounting Standards; and
- other authoritative pronouncements of the Australian Accounting Standards Board.
- Departmental and administered items
Entity assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses are those items that are controlled by the NTC that are used in producing its outcomes and include:
- infrastructure, plant and equipment used in providing goods and services;
- liabilities for employee entitlements;
- revenue from appropriations or independent sources in payment for outcomes; and
- employee, supplier and depreciation expenses incurred in providing entity outcomes.
The NTC has no administered items.
- Departmental expenses—employees
Payments and net increases in entitlements to employees for services rendered in the financial year.
- Departmental expenses—suppliers
Payments to suppliers for goods and services used in providing in entity outcomes.
- Departmental expenses—depreciation and amortisation
Depreciable property plant and equipment, buildings and intangible assets are written-off to their estimated residual values over their estimated useful life to the NTC, using the straight-line calculation method.
- Departmental revenue
Revenue from government represents funding from the Commonwealth, appropriated based on the funding formula outlined in the NTC IGA.
Revenue from other sources, representing sales from goods and service and funding from states and jurisdictions, is recognised when:
- the risk and awards of ownership have been transferred to the buyer;
- the seller retains no managerial involvement nor effective control over the goods;
- the revenue and transaction costs incurred can be reliably measured; and
- it is probable that the economic benefits associated with the transaction will flow to the entity.
- Departmental assets—financial assets
The primary financial asset relates to cash and receivables. Financial assets are used to fund the NTC work programme, employee entitlements, creditors and to provide working capital.
- Departmental assets—non-financial assets
These items represent future economic benefits that the NTC will consume in producing outcomes. The reported value represents the purchase price paid less depreciation incurred to date in using the asset.
- Departmental liabilities—provisions and payables
Provision has been made for the NTC's liability for employee entitlements arising from services rendered by employees. This liability includes unpaid annual leave and long service leave.