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Statement of Accounting Policies

Significant Accounting Policies

The Forecast Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies that are expected to be used in the comparable audited actual Financial Statements of the Government. They comply with generally accepted accounting practice (GAAP) as required by the Public Finance Act 1989 and have been prepared in accordance with Public Benefit EntityFinancial Reporting Standard 42: Prospective Financial Statements.

All forecasts use the accrual basis of accounting. Forecasts have been prepared for the consolidated Financial Statements of the Government reporting entity, which includes all entities controlled by the Government (as defined by applicable financial reporting standards).

The specific accounting policies are included within the 2015 Budget Economic and Fiscal Update Additional Information document which can be found on the Treasury's website at www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/forecasts/befu2015

Changes in Accounting Policies

All policies have been applied on a consistent basis during the forecast period. There have been no changes in accounting policies during the period.

The “Actual” Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2014 shown in these forecasts apply accounting policies established in accordance with New Zealand equivalents to International Financial Reporting Standards as appropriate for public benefit entities (NZ IFRS (PBE)).

As a consequence of the change in GAAP resulting from the External Reporting Board's Approved Accounting Standards Framework, the Forecast Financial Statements for the years ended 30 June 2015 to 30 June 2019 apply accounting policies established in accordance with Public Sector PBE Accounting Standards (PBE Standards) – Tier 1. These standards are based on International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). The impact of changing from NZ IFRS (PBE) to PBE Standards is not significant. This is owing to a strong degree of convergence between the two suites of standards.

Forecast Policies

The Forecast Financial Statements have been prepared on the basis of the Treasury's best professional judgement. Actual financial results for the periods covered are likely to vary from the information presented in these forecasts. Factors that may lead to a material difference between information in these Forecast Financial Statements and the actual reported results in future years are set out in the Specific Fiscal Riskschapter on pages 67 to 90.

Key forecast assumptions are set out on pages 49 to 51.

Reporting and Forecast Period

The reporting periods for these Forecast Financial Statements are the years ended 30 June 2015 to 30 June 2019. The “2014 Actual” figures reported in the statements are the audited results reported in the Financial Statements of the Government for the year ended 30 June 2014. The “2015 Previous Budget” figures are the original forecasts to 30 June 2015 as presented in the 2014 Budget.

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