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A brief history of the Australian discounted cash flow practice standard

David Parker (Manager Property Investments, Suncorp Investments, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and)
Jon Robinson (Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, Australia)

Journal of Property Investment & Finance

ISSN: 1463-578X

Article publication date: 1 April 2000



The increasing complexity of investment properties has necessitated the application of more advanced valuation and analysis techniques. Following the property cycle of the 1980s/1990s, and the recommendations of several reporters, the DCF method has been promoted in Australia for certain income‐producing properties. The Australian Property Institute disseminated an information paper in 1993 that discussed DCF and suggested a performance approach to its application. Following this, a practice standard was produced in 1996 that was highly prescriptive but which contained a number of confusing passages. With the benefit of hindsight, its publication was premature and it was withdrawn from circulation. A rewrite was commissioned and an exposure draft was circulated in early 1999. It has been prepared as a performance standard in which the valuer is called on to follow a method while disclosing the specifics. However, a number of considerations remain to be finalised, for example, the application of the term cash flow to net operating income, income after finance and income after finance and tax. The preparation of standards is an evolutionary process and the present coverage of the DCF practice standard reflects the market in which it applies.



Parker, D. and Robinson, J. (2000), "A brief history of the Australian discounted cash flow practice standard", Journal of Property Investment & Finance, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 196-211.




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