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ASX corporate governance principles (fourth edition)

15 May 2019
Culture, values and trust What's happening? The fourth edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Council’s Corporate Governance Principles was released on 27 February 2019.

Download the AASB 16 Leasing Model

11 April 2019
What is AASB 16 - Leases?

Recognition of peppercorn leases deferred

29 November 2018
The Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) has postponed the requirement for not-for-profit entities to bring peppercorn leases into their financial reports at fair value, having been made aware of the difficulty and cost constraints of determining the fair value of properties subject to such leases.

Reduced financial reporting requirements for SME businesses

16 November 2018
These changes were passed into law in May 2019 and will come into effect from 1 July 2019 onwards.

Scrutiny of new accounting standards – inaction not tolerated

14 June 2018
ASIC’s heightened scrutiny of ‘big three’ accounting standards highlight inaction won’t be tolerated. 

Changes to revenue recognition - don't be caught out

14 May 2018
The nature of revenue is changing.

Are you up to date with the latest AASB standards?

11 May 2018
New standards for classification and measurement of financial assets and liabilities have been in force since 1st January 2018.   Are you aware of how it will impact your business?

Guide to Convertible Debt

10 January 2018
Convertible debt continues to be a challenging area for financial statement preparers.

New requirements for Significant Global Entities

18 October 2017
There are new requirements for Significant Global Entities to prepare General Purpose Financial Statements. Recent guidance from the ATO has clarified the effect of changes made last year to Section 3CA of the Tax Administration Act 1953. 

ASIC’s new funding model - how will you be affected?

16 August 2017
1 July 2017 saw the introduction of a new Industry Funding Model at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), following the passage into law of the ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Act 2017.  

ASIC's Focus Areas for June 2017

18 July 2017
Ahead of this year’s financial reporting season, ASIC has issued its focus areas for preparers of financial statements, and has reminded directors of the need to focus on providing high-quality, relevant financial information to readers. 

AASB 16 – Leases – Opening the valuation can of worms

10 July 2017
On 13 January 2016, the IASB published the long-awaited IFRS 16 Leases, which has been adopted as AASB 16 in Australia. Understanding the new standard - What does it mean for your balance sheet? There are important implications impacting the valuation of companies that you need to understand, including:

The effects of the new leasing standard are wider than you might think

21 June 2017
The accounting impact of AASB 16 Leases has received extensive coverage, but, for many businesses, the impact is likely to be felt far outside the accounting function.

Interpretation 23: Uncertainty over income tax treatments

19 June 2017
The AASB is set to issue Interpretation 23: Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments.  The new Interpretation is applicable for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019.

A new approach to lease accounting - accounting for the lease

21 March 2017
Determining the Lease Liability The accounting for the lease is largely similar to how finance leases are currently treated under AASB 117, with the lease liability being measured at the present value of the lease payments, discounted at the interest rate implicit in the lease.  The following payments are included in the lease:

A new approach to lease accounting - determining what is part of the lease contract

21 March 2017
Contracts may contain both lease components and non-lease components.  AASB 16 gives two options in these circumstances: Account for the lease component(s) separately from non-lease components; or A practical expedient allows the entire contract to be accounted for as a lease.

A new approach to lease accounting - determination of whether contracts contain a lease

21 March 2017
It may sometimes be straightforward to identify a lease, but some arrangements may be more problematic. A lease is defined as a contract where: There is a specifically identified asset The contract conveys the right to control the use of that asset for a period of time

A new approach to lease accounting

21 March 2017
On 13 January 2016, the IASB published the long-awaited IFRS 16 Leases, which has been adopted as AASB 16 in Australia.  The project to issue a new leases standard began in 2006, primarily in response to user concerns about off-balance-sheet assets and liabilities arising from operating leases, and resulted in multiple exposure drafts and discussion papers.

New income recognition rules in the not-for-profit sector

24 January 2017
In December 2016, the AASB issued AASB 1058: Income for not for profit entities.  The new standard is applicable for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019, and the AASB has made complementary changes to the existing AASB 1004 Contributions, and has also added new guidance AASB 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers to clarify it

AGM wash-up: A perfect time to review shareholder unrest

22 November 2016
A spike in first strikes experienced by a handful of high profile listed companies this AGM season should remind directors that poor management of stakeholder’s expectations in the lead-up to the annual general meeting can seriously backfire, cautions Ralph Martin, National Technical Director at RSM Australia.

Applying AASB 15 in practice

20 September 2016
In May 2014, the AASB issued AASB 15: Revenue from Contracts with Customers. The new standard is applicable for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018, and replaces AASB 111 Construction Contracts and AASB 118 Revenue and related interpretations.

Financial reporting update for 30 June 2016

9 June 2016
It is that time of year again, finance teams are getting ready for year-end reporting season so we have compiled this financial insight to provide you with a round-up of the latest updates in the financial reporting and auditing worlds.