Assessing Cross-Subsidy in Australia Post 2006鈥 7

Topics: Costs, Cost, Economics, Marginal cost / Pages: 48 (11897 words) / Published: Jun 2nd, 2013
Assessing cross-subsidy in Australia Post
2006–07
An ACCC report April 2008

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Contents

Glossary Summary Key findings 1. Introduction 2. Background 2.1 2.2 2.3 Australia Post ACCC role in the regulation of postal services Record-keeping rule powers

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3. Framework for monitoring for cross-subsidy 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Economic theory of cross-subsidy The regulatory accounting framework Using accounting information to proxy economic cost concepts The tests applied in this report

4. Analysis of Australia Post’s 2006–07 accounts 4.1 4.2 4.3 Changes to accounting policy Did any service group receive a subsidy? Is the source of the subsidy the reserved services?

5. Conclusion Appendix—RAF information not claimed as confidential Schedule 1: Service group definitions Schedule 3: List of account items for revenues Schedule 4: List of account items for cost Schedule 6: List of account items for fixed assets Schedule 7: Movements in valuation of non-current assets Schedule 9: Statement of service group usage

Glossary
ACCC Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

AIFRS

Australian Equivalents to International Financial Reporting Standards

attributable cost (AC)

costs that are part of a pool of common costs identifiable to a particular service by a separable cause and effect relationship Australian Taxation Office

ATO

cross-subsidy

the supply of one group of services at a loss made up by the profits on the

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