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Accounting in Australia

Up-to-date information and background knowledge can help support and grow your business internationally. On this page you can access a range of articles, books and online resources providing quick links to information such as accounting standards, GAAP comparisons and background knowledge.

ICAEW is now accredited by the Australian Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) as a Recognised Tax Agent Association.

This means ICAEW members in Australia providing tax agent services have a registration pathway option to become registered as an individual tax agent with the TPB, for the purpose of meeting qualification and experience requirements.

The TPB administers a system for the registration of tax agents under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009, which requires that individuals and entities providing tax agent services for a fee or other reward are required to register with the TPB. See further details about how to register with the TPB.

The TPB has specific requirements in relation to a tax agent's professional indemnity (PI) Insurance.

For those registering we draw your attention to the TPB requirements in relation to annual continuing professional education (CPE).

Accounting standards

Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB)
The official source for full text standards, available in PDF format with additional supporting notes.

Australia
Accounting standards updates and background information from Deloitte's IAS Plus service.

Accountancy associations and groups

For regional organisations and networks, see our list of international accountancy bodies

Comparisons

A-IFRS vs IFRS
Publication from Deloitte (Australia) providing a summary of the key differences between A-IFRS and IFRS.

Model financial statements

Model financial statements – Australia
Example accounts produced and regularly updated by Deloitte member firms to help users prepare reports in compliance with local GAAP.

Good Group (Australia) Limited
An illustrative financial report for Australian companies produced by EY for 31 December 2018 (and 30 June 2019) year ends. The report has been prepared in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards.

IFRS adoption

Use of IFRS standards by jurisdiction: Australia
Country profile prepared by the IFRS Foundation with notes on the extent of IFRS application, relevant jurisdictional authority, IFRS endorsement and translation of standards.

ICAEW contact members

Contact member in Australia
ICAEW’s network of Contact Members around the world are a point of contact for enquiries and act as ambassadors in promoting ICAEW's strategy and brand in each region.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

Each selected book features specific accounting information on this country or territory; click on the links for more details. Alternatively, contact us if you have a particular enquiry or need further help consulting these titles.

International Corporate Procedures
LexisLibrary
This regularly updated database includes information on tax and accounting and features model company accounts. The model accounts are presented in the standard format for each country or territory with original language and English language versions presented together. Contact us to request documents from the database.

World Accounting
Kurt S Schulzke (ed.)
Each country or region entry contains sections on the framework of accounting (including the regulatory and standard setting regimes), individual accounting topics, auditing and appendices which can include commonly used terms and acronyms and example financial statements. This is a regularly updated looseleaf reference work in three volumes.

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