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19 Apr. 2021

AASB 2021-2 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Disclosure of Accounting Policies and Definition of Accounting Estimates

AASB 2021-2 amends AASB Standards to improve accounting policy disclosures and clarify the distinction between accounting policies and accounting estimates.

Specifically, AASB 2021-2 amends:

• AASB 7, to clarify that information about measurement bases for financial instruments is expected to be material to an entity’s financial statements;

• AASB 101, to require entities to disclose their material accounting policy information rather than their significant accounting policies;

• AASB 108, to clarify how entities should distinguish changes in accounting policies and changes in accounting estimates;

• AASB 134, to identify material accounting policy information as a component of a complete set of financial statements; and

• AASB Practice Statement 2, to provide guidance on how to apply the concept of materiality to accounting policy disclosures.

This Standard applies to annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2023. The amendments to individual Standards may be applied early, separately from the amendments to the other Standards, where feasible.