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Notes to the Financial Statements

for the year ended 30 June 2011

1 - Statement of Accounting Policies

Reporting entity

The Treasury is a government department (the Department) as defined by section 2 of the Public Finance Act 1989 and is domiciled in New Zealand.

In addition, the Treasury has reported on Crown activities and trust monies which it administers.

The primary objective of the Treasury is to provide services to the public rather than making a financial return. Accordingly, the Treasury has designated itself as a public benefit entity for the purposes of New Zealand equivalents to International Financial Reporting Standards (NZ IFRS).

The financial statements of the Treasury are for the year ended 30 June 2011. The financial statements were authorised for issue by the Secretary to the Treasury on 30 September 2011.

Basis of preparation

These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with, and comply with, NZ IFRS and other financial reporting standards, as appropriate for public benefit entities.

The financial statements have been prepared on a historical cost basis except for certain financial instruments.

The financial statements are presented in New Zealand dollars and all values are rounded to the nearest thousand dollars ($000). The functional currency of the Treasury is New Zealand dollars.

There have been no changes in accounting policies during the financial year.

The Treasury has adopted the following revisions to accounting standards during the financial year, which have had only a presentational or disclosure effect:

  • NZ IAS 24 Related Party Disclosures (Revised 2009) replaces NZ IAS 24 Related Party Disclosures (Issued 2004). This standard:
    1. Removes the previous disclosure concessions applied by the Department for arm's-length transactions between the Treasury and entities controlled or significantly influenced by the Crown. The effect of the revised standard is that more information is required to be disclosed about transactions between the Treasury and entities controlled or significantly influenced by the Crown.
    2. Provides clarity on the disclosure of related party transactions with Ministers of the Crown. Further, with the exception of the Ministers of Finance, State-Owned Enterprises and Crown Research Institutes, the Treasury will be provided with an exemption from certain disclosure requirements relating to transactions with other Ministers of the Crown. The clarification results in additional disclosures if there are any related party transactions with Ministers of the Crown.
    3. Clarifies that related party transactions include commitments with related parties.

The Treasury has not adopted the following standards, amendments and interpretations issued but not yet effective:

  • NZ IFRS 9 Financial Instruments will eventually replace NZ IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement. NZ IAS 39 is being replaced through the following three main phases: Phase 1 Classification and Measurement, Phase 2 Impairment Methodology and Phase 3 Hedge Accounting. Phase 1 on the classification and measurement of financial assets has been completed and has been published in the new financial instrument standard NZ IFRS 9. NZ IFRS 9 uses a single approach to determine whether a financial asset is measured at amortised cost or fair value, replacing the many different rules in NZ IAS 39. The approach in NZ IFRS 9 is based on how an entity manages its financial instruments (its business model) and the contractual cash flow characteristics of the financial assets. The new standard also requires a single impairment method to be used, replacing the many different impairment methods in NZ IAS 39.
  • IFRS 13 replaces the fair value measurement guidance contained in individual IFRSs with a single source of fair value measurement guidance. It defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value and sets out disclosure requirements for fair value measurements. It explains how to measure fair value when it is required or permitted by other IFRSs. It does not introduce new requirements to measure assets or liabilities at fair value, nor does it eliminate the practicability exceptions to fair value measurements that currently exist in certain standards.


Revenue is measured at the fair value of consideration received.

Revenue Crown

Revenue earned from the supply of outputs to the Crown is recognised as revenue when earned.

State Sector Retirement Superannuation and KiwiSaver schemes revenue

This revenue included reimbursements by SSC for contributions made by the Treasury to the State Sector Retirement Superannuation Scheme and the KiwiSaver Scheme, and tax credits for contributions to KiwiSaver received from IRD.

Sale of publications

Sale of publications is recognised when the product is sold to the customer. The recorded revenue is the gross amount of the sale.

Capital charge

The capital charge is recognised as an expense in the period to which the charge relates.

Operating lease

The Treasury leased office premises during the year ending 30 June 2011. Substantially all the risks and benefits of ownership were retained by the lessor, and therefore these leases are classified as operating leases. Operating lease costs are written off to the Statement of Comprehensive Income over the period of the lease.

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