Differential reporting policy in a changing financial environment
Faux, Jeffrey and Wise, Victoria 2004, Differential reporting policy in a changing financial environment, in Proceedings of International Business Research Conference 2004, World Business Institute, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-10.
To contend with the globalisation of capital markets the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in Australia has embarked on a convergence program with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The convergence program is a significant departure from present financial reporting policy and will necessitate substantial change by reporting entities. The effectiveness of the existing differential reporting policy is drawn into question in the light of the changes taking place. An evaluation of the perceptions of the effectiveness of the extant differential reporting model is undertaken and alternative policy approaches considered. The findings indicate that certain aspects of the differential reporting model have had inherent problems not necessarily related to the recent policy change and that corrective action needs to be undertaken to maintain its relevance.
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