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Note 4: Funding

This section identifies the Group’s funding structure.

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4.1: Contributed Equity

Equity from CEFC Special Account

The Department of the Environment and Energy maintains the CEFC Special Account established in accordance with section 45 of the CEFC Act.   

  2017
$’000
2016
$’000
Appropriations credited to the CEFC Special Account maintained by the Department of the Environment and Energy 2,000,000 2,000,000
Funds drawn during the year as an equity contribution from the CEFC Special Account maintained by the Department of the Environment and Energy 1,000,000 -
Funds returned during the year as an equity return to the CEFC Special Account maintained by the Department of the Environment and Energy - (60,000)

Accounting Policy

The Corporation’s investment funds are provided for by a special appropriation under section 46 of the CEFC Act. Funds credited to the CEFC Special Account are held by the Department of the Environment and Energy (in prior years the Department of the Treasury) and are released to the Corporation in accordance with the CEFC Act when the CEFC identifies investments that it intends to make. Surplus funds are returned to the CEFC Special Account held by the Department of the Environment and Energy for reinvestment by the CEFC or payment of a dividend to ARENA in accordance with the CEFC Act.

Equity Injections 

Amounts received from the Australian Government as drawings out of the CEFC Special Account held by the Department of the Environment and Energy are designated as ‘equity injections’ and recognised directly in contributed equity in that year.

Other Distributions to Owners

The CEFC Act provides that any amounts returned to the Commonwealth must be retained in the CEFC Special Account held by the Department of the Environment and Energy and may only be used to make payments to the Corporation, or to make payments to ARENA from retained earnings of the Corporation if requested by the Corporation and authorised by the nominated Minister. Amounts returned to the CEFC Special Account will be designated as either a return of equity in the case of capital being returned, or a distribution of profits in the case of accumulated profits being transferred to the CEFC Special Account.

Restructuring of Administrative Arrangements

Net assets received from or relinquished to another Australian Government entity under restructuring of administrative arrangements are adjusted directly against contributed equity.

  2017
$’000
2016
$’000
Summary of Contributed Equity    
Opening balance – 1 July 1,108,363 1,168,363
Return of equity to CEFC Special Account - (60,000)
Equity injection from Special Account 1,000,000 -
Closing contributed equity balance – 30 June 2,108,363 1,108,363
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