Streamlining Financial Reporting: The New Wave of AASB Standards for For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Entities

The new AASB 1060 General Purpose Financial Statements: Simplified Disclosures for For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Tier 2 entities was issued to simplify financial reporting requirements for entities falling within the Tier 2 category for financial reporting. In combination with the new AASB 2020-2 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Removal of Special Purpose Financial Statements for Certain For-Profit Private Sector Entities, the new Standards mean: 

  • Entities will no longer be able to produce ‘special purpose’ financial statements (SPFS);
  • The reduced disclosure requirements (RDR) Standard will be replaced with Tier 2 GPFS requirements i.e. general purpose – SDS financial reporting.

The new Standards came into effect for annual periods beginning on or after 1 July 2021 so all businesses should now be ready and catering for the change. Early adoption was permitted as well as transitional relief however these options are no longer applicable for 31 December 2022 and 30 June 2023 balancers.

Who is impacted?

AASB 2020-2 eliminates the ability of for-profit entities with legislative or other reporting requirements to prepare SPFS. The Standard requires entities with a legislative requirement to prepare financial statements that are in accordance with ‘Australian Accounting Standards’ or ‘accounting standards’. Therefore, all large proprietary companies are automatically captured by the Standard along with the following:

  • Australian Financial Service License (AFSL) holders;
  • Unlisted public companies, excluding public companies limited by guarantee;
  • Small foreign-owned proprietary companies.

Trusts, partnerships and joint arrangements are exempted from the Standard even where there is reference made to compliance with ‘Australian Accounting Standards’ in their constitution or other documents. However, it must be noted that in the case of an amendment to any of these documents after 1 July 2021, this exemption is no longer applicable.

In turn, AASB 1060 provides a framework for entities unable to prepare SPFS i.e. all for-profit entities and those currently preparing general purpose – RDR financial statements i.e. for-profit entities and not-for-profit private and public sector entities. AASB 1060 is a self-contained Standard meaning all disclosure requirements relevant to preparers of SDS financial statements are set out in the Standard.

What does this mean for you and your business?

If you have not already done so, it is time to dust-off those old financial reporting templates and replace them with the brand new and improved general purpose – SDS templates!

For 30 June balancers, the year-ended 30 June 2022 was the first year from which the Standards were applicable meaning the 30 June 2023 year-end will see general purpose – SDS comparatives in place. 31 December balancers would now be similarly familiar with the transition having gone through the process for the first time at 31 December 2022.

For entities currently preparing special purpose financial statements, we encourage preparers to review all significant balances and ensure there is a clear accounting policy for each one that is in line with the new Standard, before familiarising yourselves with the new general purpose – SDS template in its entirety. Be particularly aware of the potential complexities that come with applying AASB 16 Leases and AASB 10 Consolidated Financial Statements for the first time.

For entities currently preparing general purpose – RDR reports, the transition certainly isn’t as onerous however preparers still need to be aware of need to update disclosures to comply specifically with AASB 1060 now that the RDR Standard has been superseded e.g. disclosure auditor’s remuneration.

How Accru can help

The application of AASB 1060 and AASB 2020-2 can at times be a complex, time-consuming and overwhelming process. Accru can help with your business’s transition to ensure you maintain compliance with an everchanging financial reporting environment.

Please contact your local Accru advisor to find out more about how we can assist.

About the Author
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Jordan Muddle
Jordan Muddle is an auditor in the Sydney team. Since joining Accru as a graduate four years ago, Jordan has been supporting diverse clientele including subsidiaries of foreign owned companies, hotels and not-for-profit organisations.
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