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Guidance for Public Benefit Entities Reporting Under Crown Accounting Policies and PBE Standards

The new accounting framework changes mean that from 1 July 2014, public sector PBEs report against a new suite of PBE standards. This new suite is made up of mainly International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSASs), modified where appropriate for the New Zealand context. The suite also includes five NZ International Financial Reporting Standards (NZ IFRS) and four domestic standards (FRSs).

The Government reporting entity is designated as a PBE and therefore, the consolidated Financial Statements of the Government (FSG) needs to be prepared using the new PBE standards from the financial year 2014/15.

On transition, the new suite of PBE standards was found to be highly converged with previous NZ IFRSs as applied by PBEs.

Resources to Assist You

To help you stay informed about changes, we will also periodically publish tables of all new standards and amendments issued by the XRB. In addition, we will provide links to other information you may find helpful.

Treasury Resources

Doc. Date Title/Browse Download
9 Jun 2017

Changes to NZ IFRS and PBE Accounting Standards for the Period June 2011 to May 2017.

A list of new and amended standards issued by the XRB including a description of the standard, its effective date and the Treasury's assessment of whether each change is permissible under Crown accounting policy and PBE standards. Please note only PBE standard changes are applicable to PBEs.

tsy-fp-pbe-changesjun11-may17.pdf (853 KB)

3 Dec 2013

Public Sector PBE Standards - Comparison to NZ IFRS (PBE)

Outlines the significant recognition and measurement differences between the new suite of PBE standards, applicable from 1 July 2014, and the NZ IFRS (PBE) standards applicable for the 2013/14 reporting year.


Treasury Circulars

Doc. Date Title/Browse Download
4 May 2015 Treasury Circular 15/04: Crown Reporting: Implementation of New NZ PBE (Public Benefit Entity) Standards tc-2015-04.pdf (90 KB)

25 Nov 2013 Treasury Circular 2013/12: Crown Reporting - Implementation of New PBE Standards for the Public Sector tc-2013-12.pdf (92 KB)

External Resources

External Resource

Model Financial Statements under the new PBE accounting standards (Audit NZ website)

XRB Website

The XRB issues all accounting standards. Their website also has helpful information on the accounting standards framework.

Last updated: 
Friday, 9 June 2017