AASB research into user needs regarding parent/subsidiary financial reporting

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10 Oct, 2019

The Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) has published its Research Report No. 13 'Parent, Subsidiary and Group Financial Reporting'.

The research report assesses whether current financial reporting requirements for parent/subsidiary structures meet user needs in a cost-effective way.

The report concludes that users most dependent on general purpose financial statements in the for-profit sector are generally satisfied with summary financial information about parent entities which is currently required in the consolidated financial statements. However, they state that they need more information disclosed about subsidiaries in consolidated financial statements than is currently required, particularly if complete sets of subsidiary financial statements were to be no longer available to them. Some also state that they need to know whether other financial statements pertaining to group entities (including the group itself) exist and, where they do, those users need to see cross-references to them.

While the report is mainly intended to provide input to the process through which the AASB will work with regulators, users, preparers and other stakeholders in Australia, the users’ views on the additional disclosures needed will also provide important input to the IFRS 12 Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities post-implementation review of the IASB.

Please click to access the research report on the AASB website.

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