Minutes513.23 KB
7th August 2020
Meeting Details


Date: Friday 7 August 2020
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Videoconference/Teleconference

1. Introduction

1a. Attendees and apologies

Members in attendance: Observers: Guests:
Bill Edge – Chair  Greg Yanco, Doug Niven – ASIC John Stanhope – Australian Business Reporting Leaders Forum
Keith Kendall – AASB Chair Charles Brukner, Dee Oxley – Treasury Michael Bray – Australian Business Reporting Leaders Forum
Roger Simnett – AUASB Chair   Justin Williams - AASB  
Stein Helgeby – Deputy Chair Anne Waters - AUASB  
Suzanne Bell April Mackenzie - XRB  
Michele Embling – XRB Chair Anita Cuming – FRC Secretariat  
Cameron McDonald    
Lawrie Tremaine    
Stewart Walters    

1b. Declarations of interest

The Chair noted the following interests as declared by the member:

  • Roger Simnett – declared that he had been a member of the International Integrated Reporting Committee’s Framework Review Panel.
  • Suzanne Bell – declared that she is a partner at KPMG where Michael Bray had been a partner, and that KPMG hosted meetings of the Australian Business Reporting Leaders Forum.

2. FRC’s role in reporting on non-financial information in light of global developments

John Stanhope and Michael Bray from the Australian Business Reporting Leaders Forum provided an update on global developments on reporting on non-financial information based on their personal experience.

In particular, they reported on growing support internationally for a body to oversee two standard setting boards – one for financial reporting standards and one for standards on reporting of non-financial information.

Members expressed their views on the need for and current practice on reporting on non-financial information both locally and internationally, and the position that the FRC should take.

To provide a succinct statement of the FRC’s view, simply to provide a basis for any further discussions about the matter, the Chair proposed the following two resolutions.

As developments in corporate reporting evolve globally, the FRC agrees that:

  1. Should an oversight body for reporting on non-financial information (or Extended External Reporting), and if appropriate, assurance over that information, be warranted in Australia, the FRC should become that body.
  2. The Australian Business Reporting Leaders Forum should take a non-exclusive advisory role to support the FRC.

Members approved Resolution 1 but not Resolution 2.

The Chair suggested that this issue be brought back to the September FRC meeting for further discussion.