IPA Rules and Standards
The IPA is a professional accounting body which sets professional and ethical requirements for its members, which they are required to uphold.
IPA Constitution and By-Laws
The Constitution and By-laws, created and enforced by the IPA, set out member rights and obligations; the conduct of the IPA and members meetings; and other important corporate governance issues.
Professional and ethical standards
The IPA requires all members to conduct themselves and their professional activities at the highest level of standards, representing not only themselves but the IPA and all other members.
Professional and ethical standards are promulgated either directly by the Board of Directors, via pronouncements or by the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board (APESB), via APESB standards.
In general, APESB standards, guidance notes or authoritative interpretations will replace an existing IPA Pronouncement, to the extent that the APESB standard covers the same issues. However, if a standard does not exist, the Pronouncement issued by the IPA Board of Directors will remain in force.
It should also be noted members have an obligation to abide by all standards, guidance notes and authoritative interpretations issued by the Auditing & Assurance Standards Board (AUASB) and all standards, guidance notes and authoritative interpretations issued by the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB).
The primary objects of APESB are:
- To develop and issue in the public interest professional and ethical standards that will apply to the membership of the professional bodies.
Professional and ethical standards include but are not limited to:
- Code of ethics for professional accountants;
- Miscellaneous professional statements and joint guidance notes; and
- Such other ethical issues or similar matters of interest in respect of the accounting profession.
- To provide a formal and rigorous forum for the consideration, promulgation and approval of professional and ethical standards, performed in an open, timely, independent and proactive manner.
For more information about APESB, visit apesb.org.au.
The APESB Standards members must abide by are:
- APES 110 Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants
- APES 205 Conformity with Accounting Standards
- APES 210: Conformity with Auditing and Assurance Standards
- APES 215: Forensic Accounting Services
- APES 220 Taxation Services
- APES 225 Valuation Services
- APES 305 Terms of Engagement
- APES 310 Client Monies
- APES 315: Compilation of Financial Information
- APES 320: Quality Control of Firms
- APES 330 Insolvency Services
- APES 345 Reporting on Prospective Financial Information prepared in connection with a public document
- APES 350 Participation by Members in Public Practice in Due Diligence Committees in connection with a Public Document
Before promulgation of a new standard, an exposure draft of the new/revised standard will be available for public comment. The IPA seeks member feedback on these draft standards and your views will then be incorporated into the final IPA submission to the APESB, AUASB or AASB.
The current IPA pronouncements as set by the IPA Board of Directors are as follows:
- Pronouncement 4: Quality Assurance Reviews
- Pronouncement 7: Continuing Professional Development
- Pronouncement 11: Financial Planning Services
- Pronouncement 12: Administration of Member Compliance
Joint Accounting Bodies
The three accounting bodies in Australia have set up the Joint Accounting Bodies (JAB) as a means to promote the accounting profession. JAB has released a number of guides to assist members: