Understanding Australian Accounting Standards reflects the reporting and disclosure requirements under a number of Australian Accounting Standards, providing detailed illustration on how publicly listed companies report in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards. This textbook offers students a comprehensive and well written introduction to the scope and financial reporting disclosures of Australian accounting standards issued by the Australian Accounting Standards Board. The text incorporates extracts from the 2011 annual report of Billabong International, as well as media articles profiling its recent corporate events, in all chapters to illustrate how a corporate entity measures, recognises, reports and discloses financial information required under Australian accounting standards. The integration of the Billabong International annual report will enable students to look beyond the numbers to develop interpretative and critical evaluation skills of accounting information. The integration of the Billabong 2011 annual report, with its disclosure notes, will provide students with a deep understanding of the financial reporting and business activity associated with the financial performance of a well-known company.