IASB ED/2019/2

Consultation on Annual Improvements to IFRS® Standards 2018–2020


Tier 1 and Tier 2

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has recently issued for comment ED/2019/2 Annual Improvements to IFRS® Standards 2018–2020.

Annual improvements are limited to changes that either clarify the wording in an IFRS® Standard or correct relatively minor unintended consequences, oversights or conflicts between requirements in the Standards.

Matters dealt with through annual improvements often arise from questions submitted to the IFRS Interpretations Committee.

The four proposed amendments included in this year’s annual improvements consultation document are:


Proposed amendment

IFRS 1 First-time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards

Simplify the application of IFRS 1 by a subsidiary that becomes a first-time adopter of IFRS Standards after its parent company has already adopted them. The proposed amendment relates to the measurement of cumulative translation differences.

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments

Clarify the fees a company includes in assessing the terms of a new or modified financial liability to determine whether to de-recognise a financial liability.

Illustrative Examples accompanying IFRS 16 Leases


Remove the potential for confusion regarding lease incentives by amending an Illustrative Example accompanying IFRS 16.

IAS 41 Agriculture


Align the fair value measurement requirements in IAS 41 with those in other IFRS Standards.

Accessing the Consultation Document

Commenting on the Proposal

The XRB Board is committed to adopting international standards in the for-profit sector.  Generally, once a standard has been issued by the IASB, the NZASB then issues the New Zealand equivalent standard without further consultation.

Comments are due to the NZASB by 22 July 2019 and to the IASB by 20 August 2019

Send your comments—both formal and informal— to the NZASB using the secure upload form below. 

We also encourage you to send comments directly to the IASB, with a copy to the NZASB. Your comments can be made electronically to the IASB website by clicking on the following link https://www.ifrs.org/projects/open-for-comment/. First-time users must register with IASB to submit electronically.

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