Determining Expected Credit Losses & Assets

From Carmen Ridley, our expert content advisor for our Caseware Financials Reporting reviews the General Approach versus the Simplified Approach for determining expected credit losses. A reminder that this blog contains only general guidance or reminders.

What is the simplified method for determining expected credit losses and which assets is it used for?

AASB 9 requires entities to determine the bad debt provisions through the expected credit loss (ECL) model. The ECL model is a forward looking model. 

There are two approaches which you can use to comply with this AASB 9 requirement:

  • The general approach involves regular assessment of the credit risk of the instrument and changes to the impairment model. This is done through moving from a 12 months ECL estimate to lifetime ECL estimate, if a significant increase in credit risk has occurred.
  • The simplified approach has been included in AASB 9 to allow entities to determine their impairment calculation using a less onerous process.  Rather than potentially moving from 12 months to lifetime estimates, the entity determines the lifetime ECL of the instrument at inception of the instrument. 
    This method is:
    • Mandatory for trade receivables and contract assets that do not contain a significant financing component.
    • Optional for trade receivables and contract assets that do contain a significant financing component and lease receivables.

The diagram below illustrates the two models for reference.

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General vs Simplified approach determining expected credit losses AASB 9

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