AASB 2013-7 - Amendments to AASB 1038 arising from AASB 10 in Relation to Consolidation and Interests of Policyholders - October 2013

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AASB Standard
AASB 2013-7
October 2013
Amendments to AASB 1038 arising from AASB 10 in Relation to Consolidation and Interests of Policyholders
[AASB 1038]

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Accounting Standard
AASB 2013-7 AmenDMENTS TO AASB 1038 aRISING FROM AASB 10 in relation to consolidation and interests of policyholders
Objective                                                                                                                                                                         1
Application                                                                                                                                                               2 – 5
Amendments to AASB 1038                                                                                                                                6 – 8
BASIS FOR CONCLUSIONS                                                                                                                            Page 6
Australian Accounting Standard AASB 2013-7 Amendments to AASB 1038 arising from AASB 10 in relation to Consolidation and Interests of Policyholders is set out in paragraphs 1 – 8.  All the paragraphs have equal authority.
This Standard makes amendments to Australian Accounting Standard AASB 1038 Life Insurance Contracts.
These amendments arise from AASB 10 Consolidated Financial Statements in relation to consolidation and interests of policyholders.
Main Features of this Standard
Application Date
This Standard is applicable to annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014 with early adoption permitted for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2005.
Main Requirements
This Standard removes the specific requirements in relation to consolidation from AASB 1038 (in particular, paragraphs 1.1.1, 4.1, 4.1.1, and 4.2 – 4.2.2), which leaves AASB 10 as the sole source for consolidation requirements applicable to life insurer entities.
The Australian Accounting Standards Board makes Accounting Standard AASB 2013-7 Amendments to AASB 1038 arising from AASB 10 in relation to Consolidation and Interests of Policyholders under section 334 of the Corporations Act 2001.
Kevin M. Stevenson

Dated 14 October 2013
Chair – AASB

AMENDMENTS TO AASB 1038 ARISING FROM AASB 10 in relation to consolidation and interests of policyholders
1              The objective of this Standard is to remove the specific consolidation requirements from AASB 1038 Life Insurance Contracts, and thereby leave AASB 10 Consolidated Financial Statements as the sole source for consolidation requirements applicable to life insurer entities.
2              This Standard applies to each entity that is:
(a)          a life insurer; or
(b)          the parent in a group that includes a life insurer;
when the entity:
(c)          is a reporting entity that is required to prepare financial reports in accordance with Part 2M.3 of the Corporations Act;
(d)          is an other reporting entity and prepares general purpose financial statements; or
(e)          prepares financial statements that are, or are held out to be, general purpose financial statements.
3              This Standard applies to annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014.
4              This Standard shall be applied when AASB 10 is applied.  This Standard may be applied to annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2005 but before 1 January 2014.  When an entity applies this Standard to such an annual reporting period, it shall disclose that fact.
5              The requirements specified in this Standard apply to the financial statements where information resulting from their application is material in accordance with AASB 1031 Materiality.
Amendments to AASB 1038
6              The sub-heading above paragraph 4.1 is deleted and the heading above paragraph 4.1 is amended to read as follows:
4            Equity in a Shareholder-Owned Life Insurer
7              Paragraphs 1.1.1, 4.1 and 4.1.1 are deleted.
8              Paragraphs 4.2, 4.2.1 and 4.2.2 and the heading above paragraph 4.2 are deleted.
This Basis for Conclusions accompanies, but is not part of, AASB 2013-7.
BC1         This Basis for Conclusions summarises the Australian Accounting Standards Board’s considerations in reaching the conclusions in the Standard.  Individual Board members gave greater weight to some factors than to others.
Significant Issues
BC2         In May 2011 the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued IFRS 10 Consolidated Financial Statements[1] to replace the consolidation requirements in IAS 27 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements.[2]  IFRS 10 also incorporates the guidance contained in SIC-12 Consolidation – Special Purpose Entities.[3]  IFRS 12 Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities,[4] also issued in May 2011, replaced the disclosure requirements in IAS 27 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements.
BC3         Paragraph 4.1 of AASB 1038 currently requires a life insurer to recognise in its financial statements the assets, liabilities, income, expenses and equity of the entity, whether they are designated as relating to policyholders or to shareholders.  The rationale given in paragraph 4.1.1 of AASB 1038 for this requirement is that the interests of policyholders and shareholders are intertwined and form the basis of a single entity, with the boundaries of the entity defined by control.
BC4         The consolidation requirements in AASB 1038 were originally written in the context of AASB 1024 Consolidated Accounts (1992). Those requirements were considered to be consistent with AASB 127 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements when it was made in 2004 (and subsequent amendments to the consolidation requirements of AASB 127 thereafter).  Accordingly, AASB 1038 was not amended as a consequence of the issue of the original or subsequent amendments to AASB 127.
BC5         Although the consolidation requirements in AASB 10 and AASB 127 are both based on the concept of ‘control’, AASB 10 contains a revised definition of control.  AASB 10 also contains requirements in relation to portions of an investee that are ‘deemed separate entities’, and on whether an investor controls the deemed separate entities.
BC6         The Board is aware of the view that, under AASB 10, it is conceivable there could be circumstances in which policyholder interests are not controlled by a life insurer.  In particular, it is conceivable that a ‘deemed separate entity’ that would meet the description in AASB 10 (often called a ‘silo’) could exist as a result of the characteristics of some insurance contracts for which the life insurer entity would need to assess whether the deemed separate entity is controlled (see paragraphs B76 to B79 of AASB 10).
BC7         The Board is also aware of concerns that removing the consolidation requirements from AASB 1038 could lead to diversity in practice.  However, feedback to AASB ED 241 issued in May 2013 was supportive of the proposed amendments.  Accordingly, the Board decided to issue this Standard to remove the explicit consolidation requirements in AASB 1038, thereby leaving AASB 10 as the sole source for consolidation requirements applicable to life insurer entities to avoid any potential conflict with AASB 10 – including in relation to the requirement relating to ‘uniform accounting policies for like transactions and other events in similar circumstances’ (see paragraph 19 of AASB 10).  The amendments in this Standard are consistent with the Board’s policies of transaction neutral standards and of not issuing interpretations of IFRS (without first following the Interpretations Protocols).

[1]      Incorporated into AASB 10 Consolidated Financial Statements.  (As a consequence of issuing AASB 10, in August 2011, the AASB issued AASB 2011-7 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards arising from the Consolidation and Joint Arrangements Standards which made amendments to AASB 1038.)
[2]      Incorporated into AASB 127 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements.
[3]      Incorporated into Interpretation 112 Consolidation – Special Purpose Entities.
[4]      Incorporated into AASB 12 Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities.
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