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Determining the Applicability of AASB 15 or AASB 1058 under the New Income Recognition Model

AASB 1058 titled “Income of Not-for-profit Entities,” and AASB 15 titled “Revenue from Contracts with
AASB 1058 became applicable for annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019.
Despite its focus on income, AASB 1058 does not alter the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits
Commission’s (ACNC)
existing interpretation of revenue and income. The determination of a charity’s
size under the ACNC Act involves calculating revenue in accordance with relevant accounting
standards, including AASB 1058.
AASB 1058 allows the recognition of both revenue and other income, especially from a charity’s
ordinary activities. The income recognition model introduced by AASB 1058 prompts a consideration
of whether to apply AASB 15 or AASB 1058.
Charities may acquire assets, including cash, at a value significantly below market or even without any
consideration, such as grants and donations. If there are no enforceable, identifiable, and measurable
obligations tied to the receipt of the asset, AASB 1058 dictates that income (e.g., donations) is
recognized after the asset is accounted for under the relevant accounting standard (e.g., AASB 9
Financial Instruments), particularly when no conditions are attached.
In contrast, if a charity is bound by a contract specifying specific obligations for receiving an asset,
consideration must be given to whether AASB 15 applies to the entire transaction or a portion of it.
The determination hinges on whether the contract is enforceable and contains sufficiently specific
performance obligations, making it within the scope of AASB 15. Charities are required to assess
revenue contracts to ascertain whether they fall under the purview of AASB 15, AASB 1058, or both,
taking into account enforceability and the specificity of performance obligations.

What is the Appropriate Accounting Standard to Apply?

appropriate accounting standard to apply

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