AASB 9 Financial Instruments
AASB 9 Financial Instruments significantly changes the financial reporting landscape for how entities account for financial instruments.
Entities need to be across the changes they need to make, in order to be able to prepare their financial statements using the new accounting standard. The changes required can be complex and have effects beyond just the accounting treatment.
Adoption of AASB 9 involves the preparer making a number of choices as to how to apply the standard, including making a decision as to which transition route to employ. As the choices made will affect the way the performance of a business is measured and reported, it is vital to consider not only the commercial and practical issues, but also the tax implications of these changes.
Our experts in this area can help you establish the impacts of this new standard and advise on what actions you should be taking.
Impacts of AASB 9 Adoption
The effect of adopting the new financial instruments standard raises many questions such as:
- How will reported results be impacted?
- Which financial assets need to be recorded at fair value?
- Which processes and systems will need changing?
- Should the standard be adopted early?
- Which wider business planning activities will be affected?
- Should this trigger an assessment of the entity’s risk management strategy (including hedging and hedge accounting)?
- What staff training will be required?
- How will current agreements be affected?
AASB 9 – Industry Heat Map
As a guide the heat map below considers the relative level of impact and complexity when adopting AASB 9.
||Red denotes a high level of potential impact and complexity.
||Amber denotes a medium level of potential impact and complexity.
||Dark teal denotes a low level of potential impact and complexity.
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Steps to Implementation
The adoption of AASB 9 should be viewed as three very distinct projects:
Classification & Measurement
Please see the AASB 9 Fact Sheet for further information including:
- Commercial and practical considerations
- A checklist of complex issues
- The tax impacts; and
- Consideration of the adoption methodology.