IPSAS - For Employee Benefits and Provisions (1 day)

Course code: 3285


IPSAS aims to improve the quality of general purpose financial reporting by public sector entities, leading to better informed assessments of the resource allocation decisions made by governments, thereby increasing transparency and accountability. The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) issues International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and Recommended Practice Guidelines (RPGs) relating to the financial reporting needs of national, regional and local governments and other agencies.

This one-day course provides an overview of the most important requirements for preparing financial statements and disclosures under accrual based IPSAS with a specific focus on employee benefits and provisions.

The IPSAS accounting and disclosure requirements are explained in clear, simple language and illustrated with model financial statements and real-world examples. Application of the standards applicable to employee benefits and provisions is illustrated through the use of short case studies.

In addition to a review of current accrual basis IPSAS, our specialist instructors provide guidance on transitioning to the accrual basis relating to employee benefits and provisions.

  • What are the current requirements for recognition, measurement and reporting on employee benefits?
  • What are the current requirements for recognition, measurement and reporting on provisions and contingent liabilities?
  • How should IPSAS compliant public-sector entities present employee benefits and provisions?
  • What disclosures do IPSAS compliant public-sector entities provide on employee benefits and provisions?
  • What is the impact of IPSAS 39 Employee Benefits, which replaces IPSAS 25 from 2018?
  • What practical issues commonly arise when implementing IPSAS 39 and IPSAS 19?
  • What are the recommendations for handling the transition from the cash to the accrual basis of accounting pertaining to IPSAS 39 and IPSAS 19?


  • Introduction to IPSAS
    • Relevance of the IPSASB’s Conceptual Framework
    • Reminder of relevant aspects in relation to presentation and selection of accounting policies from IPSAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements and IPSAS 3 Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors
  • Expense recognition concepts in accrual accounting
  • IPSAS 19 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets
    • Scope and issues in relation to social benefits
    • Relationship between provisions and contingent liabilities
    • Recognition of provisions
    • Contingent liabilities
    • Measurement of provisions and risks and uncertainties and use of discounting
    • Reimbursements and provisions
    • Application of the measurement and recognition rules for provisions to restructurings, onerous obligations and asset retirement (decommissioning) obligations
    • Disclosure
  • IPSAS 25 Employee Benefits
    • Treatment of Short-term Employee Benefits
      • Wages, salaries, etc.
      • Compensated absences
      • Benefits in kind
      • Bonus payments and profit-sharing payments
    • Post-employment Benefits
      • Distinction between defined contribution and defined benefit plans
      • Treatment of multi-employer plans and plans shared by entities under common control
      • Insured schemes
    • Accounting for defined contribution plans
    • Accounting for defined benefit plans
      • Funded and unfunded plans
      • Actuarial method used to measure the plan liability
      • Qualifying plan assets and their measurement
      • Determining current pension expense
      • Treatment of actuarial gains and losses
      • Utilizing the ‘corridor’ method to amortize actuarial gains and losses
      • Curtailments and settlements
      • Presentation
      • Disclosure requirements
      • Illustrative disclosures
      • Transition by first-time adopters
    • Other Post-employment Benefit Plans
      • Types of benefits encountered
      • Simplified method of accounting
    • Termination Benefits
      • Relationship with IPSAS 19
  • IPSAS 39 Employee Benefits (replaces IPSAS 25 for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018)
    • Differences between IPSAS 25 and 39
      • Defined benefit plans - recognition, presentation and disclosure
      • Other changes

Teaching method

  • Group live instruction with interactive participation encouraged
  • Review of the rationale, objective and scope of IPSAS
  • Description and explanation of IPSAS requirements in clear and simple language
  • Use of case studies and real-world examples to illustrate practical application of the standards
  • Interactive participation will be encouraged
  • All participants receive a comprehensive binder containing copies of the presentation slides, handouts and other course materials


Understanding of basic accounting principles based on any national standards in the public sector. No advance preparation is required for this course.

Course benefits

  • Understand the impact of applying IPSAS 25 on accounting for retirement-benefit costs
  • Appreciate the impact of the ‘corridor’ method for amortizing unrecognized gain/loss
  • Determine how to calculate the pension asset/liability in the statement of financial position
  • Understand accounting for short-term benefits including compensated absences (e.g. holiday and sick time)
  • Apply recognition rules to deferred compensation, bonus and profit-sharing arrangements
  • Understand measurement for defined contribution plan and defined benefit plans
  • Be up-to-date with latest developments regarding employee benefits and provisions


See what past participants said about this course:

IASeminars contributed directly in my learning of relevant material presented and provided.

Willem von Bratt, Senior Accounting Officer, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Switzerland

Very accurate and comprehensive course for the time allocated. Truly professional.

Cameron Woods

Who should attend?

Public sector controllers, accountants, finance professionals, consultants and auditors looking to expand their knowledge of the IPSAS requirements relating to the financial reporting of employee benefits and provisions. Public sector payroll and employee benefits staff.

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Field of study: Accounting

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  • Alan Mayo

    Alan Mayo is a highly experienced instructor in the field of international financial reporting, with a particular professional interest in IFRS for oil and gas companies and also in IPSAS for the public sector. He is a UK chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience as an auditor and consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in both London and Paris. A founding member of the PwC Client Training business in London, Alan delivered courses on financial reporting and financial management to a wide range of PwC clients. Alan regularly instructs courses on international oil and gas accounting, and he has delivered in-house programmes for such organisations as ENI, Petronas, Kogas, Saudi Aramco, Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas and the Ugandan Revenue Authority. He previously worked as an auditor on the privatisation of British Gas, and taught financial reporting and financial controllership programmes for Shell. Alan also managed a team within PwC that provided training and change management support to UK public sector agencies as they transitioned from cash to accruals based accounting, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence. His current work includes supporting UK local authorities and not for profits in developing the financial management skills of their staff, and he has worked extensively with the UN and other international organisations in their transition to IPSAS. An independent training consultant since 2001, Alan has been a senior instructor with IASeminars since 2004.

    Nick Auer

    Nick Auer is an experienced training consultant specialising in Finance and Financial Reporting. A UK chartered accountant with over 16 years’ experience, Nick’s clients include a variety of organisations in both the public and private sectors. In the public sector, Nick specialises in delivering training on financial reporting matters (IFRS and IPSAS), finance training for non-finance managers, and courses on value for money and efficiency, budget management, procurement and contract management. He also has consulting experience on finance transformation projects (e.g. conversion to accruals accounting; conversion from UK GAAP to IFRS etc.). His clients have included the Ministry of Defence, the National Health Service, the Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UK Border Agency, local government etc. Nick also has significant experience in teaching financial reporting and other financial topics to the private sector. He has delivered introductory and advanced training on IFRS topics including group accounts, financial instruments, leasing, assets, intangibles, impairment and pensions as well as industry-specific technical updates. Nick has worked for clients in the oil, financial services, telecoms, medical equipment, transport infrastructure, insurance, construction, manufacturing, beverages, shipping, recycling and information industries.

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19 Sep 2018 London

Course level:
8 hours
Start date:
19 Sep 2018
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Finish date:
19 Sep 2018
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GBP 900
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