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June 2012 Illustrative annual reports

Financial years ending on or after 30 June 2012


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Author: Maybelle Chia and Darryn Rundell, Accounting Technical Group

June 2012 Illustrative annual reportsThis publication is a key tool to assist you in meeting your financial reporting obligations, particularly the preparation of the annual financial statements. Our objective in this publication is to assist you as you respond to changes to financial reporting requirements for the June 2012 reporting season.

The Australian economy in general is growing at a moderate pace, although the conditions vary significantly across different sectors. The global economy is still on uncertain grounds and Europe’s financial markets bear close watching. In today’s world, it is unlikely that the Australian economy will be fully immune to the volatility arising from the impacts of sovereign debt and the banking problems in Europe. A wide range of impacts for financial reporting might need to be considered – including impairment (as well as the possibility of reversals of previous impairment losses in some cases), fair value determination (for tangible, intangible and financial assets as appropriate), provisions and contingencies. On top of the recognition and measurement requirements, there is an ever growing list of disclosure requirements to consider.

From the point of view of new accounting changes, the current period may be viewed as a ‘period of relative calm’ before the big changes in 2013-15, that will see application of new standards in major areas like consolidation, joint arrangements, financial instruments, revenue, leases, including extensive disclosure requirements.

However, there will still be some new and amended reporting requirements that must be applied for the first time this year, including those in relation to:

  • Related party disclosures
  • Significant events and transactions disclosures in interim financial reports
  • Clarification on financial instruments’ disclosures related to credit risk
  • Additional disclosures on transfer of financial assets
  • Clarification on customer loyalty program ‘award credits’
  • Some disclosure relief as a consequence of Trans-Tasman convergence project.

This publication is organised into four sections:

  • Section A – What’s new for financial reports at June 2012?
    This section of the publication summarises key changes and topical issues for consideration in preparation of annual reports at 30 June 2012

  • Section B – Model annual report
    This section of the publication contains an illustrative annual report for a fictional company, GAAP Holdings (Australia) Limited

  • Section C – Model concise report
    This section of the publication contains an illustrative concise report for a fictional company, GAAP Holdings (Australia) Limited

  • Section D – Reporting obligations
    This section contains useful information on the requirements to prepare, audit and lodge financial statements, as well as reporting deadlines.

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