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Authorities/Other Agencies of State
Notice Title

Issued Accounting Standard: Interest Rate Benchmark Reform (Notice No. 158)

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to section 24 of the Financial Reporting Act 2013, that the New Zealand Accounting Standards Board of the External Reporting Board has issued Interest Rate Benchmark Reform which amends NZ IFRS 9 Financial Instruments, NZ IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement and NZ IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures.

Interest Rate Benchmark Reform:

  • applies to all Tier 1 and Tier 2 for-profit reporting entities and groups, other than where expressly exempted by its terms, the terms of any other approved accounting standard or by law;
  • applies to annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2020, with early application permitted; and
  • is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of the Legislation Act 2012.

Copies of the standard may be inspected free of charge at the offices of the External Reporting Board (XRB), Level 7, 50 Manners Street, Wellington. Copies are also available on the XRB’s website at

Dated this 7th day of November 2019.

KIMBERLEY CROOK, Chair, New Zealand Accounting Standards Board.