AASB 2015-3 - Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards arising from the Withdrawal of AASB 1031 Materiality - January 2015

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AASB Standard
AASB 2015-3
January 2015
Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards arising from the Withdrawal of AASB 1031 Materiality
 



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CONTENTS
Preface
Accounting Standard
AASB 2015-3 AmenDMENTS TO aUSTRALIAN aCCOUNTING sTANDARDS aRISING FROM the Withdrawal of AASB 1031 Materiality
 
Paragraphs
Objective                                                                                                                                                             1
Application                                                                                                                                                2 – 10
Commencement                                                                                                                                             11
Withdrawal of AASB 1031                                                                                                                           12
Deletion of References to AASB 1031                                                                                              13 – 14
Amendment to AASB 1039                                                                                                                          15
 
Appendix
List of Amended Australian Accounting Standards                                                                         Page 7
 
BASIS FOR CONCLUSIONS                                                                                                               Page 8
 
Australian Accounting Standard AASB 2015-3 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards arising from the Withdrawal of AASB 1031 Materiality is set out in paragraphs 1 –15 and the Appendix.  All the paragraphs have equal authority.
 
Preface
Introduction
This Standard effects the withdrawal of AASB 1031 Materiality by amending AASB 108 Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors to supersede AASB 1031 and deletes references to AASB 1031 in the Australian Accounting Standards listed in the Appendix to this Standard.
Main Requirements
As noted in the Preface to AASB 1031 Materiality (July 2004), at the time AASB 1031 was issued, the Framework for the Preparation and Presentation of Financial Statements contained limited guidance on materiality in comparison to AASB 1031.  Accordingly, as part of the AASB’s initial implementation of the Financial Reporting Council’s policy of adopting the Standards of the IASB for application to reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2005, the AASB decided to retain AASB 1031, in a revised format, to ensure that the meaning of materiality remained well explained.
The AASB has a policy of not providing unnecessary local guidance on matters covered by IFRSs.  As a consequence, the AASB decided to withdraw AASB 1031 – as was proposed in AASB Exposure Draft ED 243 Withdrawal of AASB 1031 Materiality (June 2013).  Accordingly, in December 2013 the AASB re-issued AASB 1031 as an interim Standard that cross-references to other pronouncements that contain guidance on materiality.  AASB 2013-9 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Conceptual Framework, Materiality and Financial Instruments and AASB 2014-1 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards deleted certain references to AASB 1031 in a range of other Standards, as listed in those Standards.
This Standard completes the withdrawal of references to AASB 1031 in all Australian Accounting Standards and Interpretations, allowing that Standard to effectively be withdrawn.
Application Date
This Standard is applicable to annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 July 2015.  Earlier application is permitted for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014 but before 1 July 2015.
 

aCCOUNTING STANDARD AASB 2015-3
The Australian Accounting Standards Board makes Accounting Standard AASB 2015-3 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards arising from the Withdrawal of AASB 1031 Materiality under section 334 of the Corporations Act 2001.
 
 
Kris Peach

Dated 28 January 2015
Chair – AASB

 
 
aCCOUNTING STANDARD AASB 2015-3
AMENDMENTS TO AUSTRALIAN ACCOUNTING STANDARDS ARISING FROM the withdrawal of AASB 1031 Materiality
Objective
1              The objective of this Standard is to effect the withdrawal of AASB 1031 Materiality and to delete references to AASB 1031 in the Australian Accounting Standards, as set out in paragraph 13 of this Standard.
Application
2              Subject to paragraphs 3-7, this Standard applies to:
(a)          each entity that is required to prepare financial reports in accordance with Part 2M.3 of the Corporations Act and that is a reporting entity;
(b)          general purpose financial statements of each other reporting entity; and
(c)          financial statements that are, or are held out to be, general purpose financial statements.
3              In respect of AASB 107 and AASB 108, this Standard applies to:
(a)          each entity that is required to prepare financial reports in accordance with Part 2M.3 of the Corporations Act;
(b)          general purpose financial statements of each reporting entity; and
(c)          financial statements that are, or are held out to be general purpose financial statements.
4              In respect of AASB 133, this Standard applies to each entity that is required to prepare financial reports in accordance with Part 2M.3 of the Corporations Act and that is:
(a)          a reporting entity whose ordinary shares or potential ordinary shares are publicly traded; or
(b)          a reporting entity that is in the process of issuing ordinary shares or potential ordinary shares in public markets; or
(c)          an entity that discloses earnings per share.
5              In respect of AASB 1004, this Standard applies to:
(a)          each not-for-profit entity that is required to prepare financial reports in accordance with Part 2M.3 of the Corporations Act and that is a reporting entity;
(b)          general purpose financial statements of each other not-for-profit entity that is a reporting entity;
(c)          financial statements of not-for-profit entities that are, or are held out to be, general purpose financial statements; and
(d)          financial statements of General Government Sectors (GGSs) prepared in accordance with AASB 1049 Whole of Government and General Government Sector Financial Reporting.
6              In respect of AASB 1039, this Standard applies to a concise financial report prepared by an entity in accordance with paragraph 314(2)(a) in Part 2M.3 of the Corporations Act.
7              In respect of AASB 1053, this Standard applies to:
(a)          each entity that is required to prepare financial reports in accordance with Part2M.3 of the Corporations Act;
(b)          general purpose financial statements of each reporting entity;
(c)          financial statements that are, or are held out to be, general purpose financial statements; and
(d)          financial statements of GGSs prepared in accordance with AASB 1049.
8              This Standard applies to annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 July 2015.
9              This Standard may be applied to annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014 but before 1 July 2015.  When an entity applies this Standard to such an annual reporting period, it shall disclose that fact.
10          This Standard uses underlining, striking out and other typographical material to identify some of the amendments to a Standard, in order to make the amendments more understandable.  However, the amendments made by this Standard do not include that underlining, striking out or other typographical material.  Ellipses (…) are used to help provide the context within which amendments are made and also to indicate text that is not amended.
Commencement
11          This Standard commences on the day this Standard is made by the Australian Accounting Standards Board.
Withdrawal of AASB 1031
12          Paragraphs Aus2.5 and Aus2.6 of AASB 108 are amended as follows (new text is underlined and deleted text is struck through):
Aus2.5   When applicable, this Standard supersedes:
(a)      AASB 1001 Accounting Policies as notified in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No S 130, 26 March 1999; and
(b)      AAS 6 Accounting Policies as issued in March 1999.; and
(c)       AASB 1031 Materiality as issued in December 2013.
Aus2.6   AASB 1001, and AAS 6 and AASB 1031 remain applicable until superseded by this Standard.
Deletion of References to AASB 1031
13          The statement in each Accounting Standard that the requirements of the Standard apply where information resulting from their application is material in accordance with AASB 1031 Materiality is deleted from the Australian Accounting Standard as listed in the table below:
Australian Accounting Standards

Paragraphs deleted

AASB 6
Aus2.4

AASB 10
Aus3.4

AASB 11
Aus2.4

AASB 12
Aus4.5

AASB 107
Aus1.4

AASB 110
Aus1.4

AASB 111
Aus1.4

AASB 117
Aus1.4

AASB 123
Aus1.4

AASB 127 
Aus1.4

AASB 128 
Aus1.4

AASB 129
Aus1.4

AASB 133
Aus1.4

AASB 141
Aus1.4

AASB 1004
9

AASB 1039
5

AASB 1053 
6

AASB 1054
5

14          A note is added against the paragraph number of each paragraph deleted as specified in paragraph 13, as follows:
[Deleted by the AASB]
Amendment to AASB 1039
15          Paragraph 30 is amended as follows (deleted text is struck through):
30       The following items for the period shall be disclosed even if the amounts are zero (since these items are material by their nature):
(a)      …
APPENDIX
LIST OF AMENDED AUSTRALIAN ACCOUNTING STANDARDS
This appendix is an integral part of AASB 2015-3.
AASB 2015-3 makes amendments to:
AASB 6 Exploration for and Evaluation of Mineral Resources;
AASB 10 Consolidated Financial Statements;
AASB 11 Joint Arrangements;
AASB 12 Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities;
AASB 107 Statement of Cash Flows;
AASB 108 Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors;
AASB 110 Events after the Reporting Period;
AASB 111 Construction Contracts;
AASB 117 Leases;
AASB 123 Borrowing Costs;
AASB 127 Separate Financial Statements;
AASB 128 Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures;
AASB 129 Financial Reporting in Hyperinflationary Economies;
AASB 133 Earnings per Share;
AASB 141 Agriculture;
AASB 1004 Contributions;
AASB 1039 Concise Financial Reports;
AASB 1053 Application of Tiers of Australian Accounting Standards; and
AASB 1054 Australian Additional Disclosures.
BASIS FOR CONCLUSIONS
Background
BC1         This Basis for Conclusions summarises the Australian Accounting Standards Board’s considerations in reaching the decision to ultimately withdraw AASB 1031 Materiality (December 2013) by amending AASB 108 Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors.  Individual Board members gave greater weight to some factors than to others.
BC2         In adopting International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) in 2005, the AASB issued AASB 1031 (July 2004).  At the time IFRSs were first incorporated into the Australian Accounting Standards (including Interpretations), the Board decided to retain a revised version of AASB 1031 to help ensure that the meaning of materiality remained well explained, as the Framework for the Preparation and Presentation of Financial Statements on issue at that time included only limited guidance on materiality in comparison to AASB 1031.
BC3         In September 2010, the IASB issued a revised Conceptual Framework on Financial Reporting (IASB Conceptual Framework).  The revised IASB Conceptual Framework contains updated guidance on materiality in Chapter 3 Qualitative Characteristics of Useful Financial Information.
BC4         At its February 2012 meeting, the Board considered whether AASB 1031 remained necessary in light of the guidance on materiality available in existing Accounting Standards and in the revised IASB Conceptual Framework.[1]  The Board also considered whether retaining AASB 1031 was consistent with the AASB’s strategies and policies, including the AASB’s policy of not providing unnecessary local guidance on matters covered by IFRSs.
BC5         In June 2013, Exposure Draft 243 Withdrawal of AASB 1031 Materiality was issued for comment.  This Exposure Draft proposed to withdraw AASB 1031 and delete references to that Standard from Australian Accounting Standards, including Interpretations.  Following the consultation period and after reviewing constituent comments, at its October 2013 meeting the Board decided to proceed with the withdrawal of AASB 1031.  This decision is consistent with the Board’s view that the principle-based guidance on materiality in Australian Accounting Standards (that incorporate IFRSs) and the IASB Conceptual Framework is adequate.
BC6         In making its decision to ultimately withdraw AASB 1031, the Board noted that it would not expect the withdrawal to change practice regarding the application of materiality in financial reporting.  In particular, amendments would not change the level of disclosure presently specified by other accounting standards.

[1]      An amended AASB Framework for the Preparation and Presentation of Financial Statements, incorporating Chapters 1 and 3 of the revised IASB Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting was issued in December 2013.
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