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IPSAS - For Employee Benefits and Provisions (1 day)

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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?
  • How will liabilities be recognised and measured under IPSAS 42 Social Benefits?
  • 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?

Learning Objectives

  • 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

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.


  • 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
    • Amendments to IPSAS 19 in relation to collective and individual services (mandatory for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2022)
  • IPSAS 39 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
      • 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 42 Social Benefits (mandatory for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2022)
    • Definitions: social benefits and social risks
    • Recognition and measurement criteria
    • Disclosure

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


The instructor for this course will be drawn from one of our core faculty of subject matter experts. Further details will be published at the earliest opportunity.


Our seminars take place in 4 star professional conference facilities, generally in city-centre hotels like the Marriott, Sheraton or Hilton brands. Detailed Joining Instructions are sent to all registered delegates by email approximately one month before the event. The Joining Instructions will confirm exact venue details and nearby (or onsite) hotel recommendations with bedroom rates where available. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

CPE/CPD Accreditation

IASeminars is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.


Field of study: Accounting


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