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about bdo


Distinctively different – it’s how we see you


As the fifth largest full service accounting and advisory network nationally and globally, we excel at creating strong relationships with clients who are seeking a combination of technical excellence with a specialised range of services and a desire for outstanding client relationships. Our ability to create and maintain outstanding relationships is based on our understanding that each of our clients is distinctively different, and it is their unique needs that drive our distinctively different approach. Our clients tell us it is the way we listen to them, work with them and how we see them that makes our approach distinctively different.


Our Relationship Driven Approach The difference in our attitude and approach allows us to build successful relationships based on trust and understanding.


We enjoy outstanding relationships with our clients. We focus on what is important to them; adopting a partnership style approach, being responsive and reliable, keeping our promises and maintaining open and frank communication.

Experiencing our refreshing style and approach will provide you with the best of both worlds – the relationship driven service style you expect, coupled with our depth of expertise and proven national and global capability.

Our relationship style approach ensures that we partner with you and really get to know you and your organisation. This understanding enables us to look for innovative ways to assist your organisation in maximising growth opportunities, improving processes, avoiding pitfalls and, in turn, meeting your expectations.

The BDO brand promises this to all our clients, however large or small, whether they are local, national or international, and whatever their need.

In partnering with you, we will also build a trusted relationship where you can count on us to keep our promises. You can expect us to deliver outcomes when we say we will and trust that we have genuine interest in your organisation.

We recognise that it is our clients that drive our strategy and that we need to understand what matters to them – and that is what matters to us.


our clients We have a diverse client base and the ability to tailor our services to the needs of public, private, government and international clients.

Although each of our clients is unique, the one thing they have in common is the desire for a strong relationship. We are confident in our ability to build an outstanding client relationship, coupled with technical excellence across a specialised range of services. So whether you’re part of a public, private, government, or multinational organisation, you can expect that we will work as an extension of your team and deliver successful outcomes for your organisation.


what our clients say We know that it takes time to build outstanding relationships based on trust. So we have asked our clients to tell you about their experience. “From our first meeting with Sharon Houghton, we knew that BDO were right for us. Sharon talked us through every aspect of setting up our business and also referred us to our branding firm (who came up with the u&u concept we love), our structuring and IP lawyers, and our bookkeeper. At every stage Sharon has shown a genuine interest and enthusiasm in our business and the significant success and growth we've enjoyed in our first six months of operation. She has invited us to BDO-sponsored networking events and kept us up to date with industry developments. As well as meeting an integral part of our business needs, we think of Sharon as a friend, and look forward to working with her and BDO as our business continues to develop and grow.” Jacqui Pearce Partner, U&U Executive Recruitment

“For nearly 30 years, Norman R. Wright & Sons and BDO have had a strong working relationship. BDO is part of our team, providing advice that has ultimately assisted in us reaching 100 years in business. BDO knows our business inside and out, and has a very good understanding of what we are trying to achieve and what we need to do to get there. The longevity of our relationship with BDO is a testament to the service we receive and the integrity of the firm.” Ian Wright Joint Managing Director, Norman R. Wright & Sons


ABOUT BDO international BDO is the fifth largest full service accounting and advisory firm in the world. We have over 48,000 people from 1,118 offices in over 135 countries.

Fifth 1,118 48,767 135

The BDO network is the world’s fifth largest accountancy network

Offices everywhere you need them

Partners and staff worldwide

Present in over 135 countries

All BDO firms offer comprehensive knowledge and experience within an international context. No matter where they are based, clients can draw on the skills of BDO member firms anywhere in the world.


ABOUT BDO in australia We have more than 160 partners and over 1,300 people providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services to clients throughout Australia.

BDO was established as an association of firms in Australia in 1975. Today, we are one of Australia’s largest associations of independently owned accounting practices, with offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

DARWIN 3 Partners 42 staff

CAIRNS 6 Partners 61 staff

BRISBANE 53 Partners 425 staff

SYDNEY 43 Partners 313 staff

PERTH 20 Partners 218 staff

ADELAIDE 11 Partners 92 staff

MELBOURNE 17 Partners 132 staff NATIONALLY* 158 Partners 1315 staff * Data reflects the combined statistics for the BDO/PKF East Coast Practice integration as announced on 5 June 2012.

HOBART 5 Partners 32 staff


Our services Our depth and breadth of services speak for themselves. We offer deep expertise across the following service lines: Audit BDO is recognised as possessing one of the largest, dedicated audit teams in Australia. Our team has deep technical knowledge and can assist your organisation to effectively improve systems and processes for external financial reporting and changing regulatory requirements, such as International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Our specialists apply BDO’s renowned international audit methodology to focus on key financial areas and provide constructive ideas for improving your organisation’s internal controls and business systems. Business Recovery & Insolvency Our national team of dedicated professionals has extensive experience in conducting business reviews and advising lenders, directors and other stakeholders on options available to enterprises facing financial problems. We can help you to develop strategies to maximise returns and preserve the value of the business. Our Business Recovery & Insolvency services encompass all facets of corporate and personal insolvency, business restructuring and turnaround management.

Corporate & International Tax BDO’s national team of multi-disciplinary tax professionals has exceptional technical and industry knowledge and is committed to working with clients to capture opportunities and manage risks. Our team of corporate tax specialists, indirect tax advisers and lawyers, can help your organisation to navigate the complex tax landscape by providing tailored advice and support on a range of issues including major transactions, international dealings, conflict resolution, cost control, employment issues and corporate governance. Indirect Tax BDO can assist with your needs in Goods and Services Tax, Fuel Tax Credits, Customs Duty, Enhanced Project By-Law Scheme, State Taxes and government incentives including the R&D tax concession, R&D tax offsets (cash rebate), R&D grants and export incentives.


Corporate Finance BDO has one of the largest corporate finance teams in Australia, servicing the corporate and investment sectors, nationally and globally. Together with our dedicated team, we use our international BDO network to assist you in making strategic business decisions through specialist transaction advice, commercially sound valuations, due diligence and effective merger and acquisition strategies, as well as financial modelling advice.

Private Clients BDO’s Private Client specialists partner with you to ensure your business success by driving growth, value and profitability. Our advisers have deep and broad industry knowledge and exceptional experience in developing growth strategies, providing taxation structuring and advice, compliance, wealth creation and management advice to entrepreneurs, private clients and ownermanaged businesses of all sizes.

Risk Advisory BDO’s Risk Advisory team works closely with clients to assist in the management of risk and the achievement of strategic business objectives through proper internal control systems. Our professionals provide the value-added risk management capabilities needed to mitigate business risk, support business strategies and continuously improve operational performance. Our risk advisory capabilities include Internal Audit, Information Technology and Fraud.

Performance Improvement Our Performance Improvement team comprises of specialists with deep industry and functional expertise. We work with our clients to help develop and execute strategic initiatives, partnering with them in small teams of senior and highly skilled resources. Our team bring exceptional skills from a variety of backgrounds to enable us to look beyond standard solutions to develop new insights that add value and ensure our clients’ outcomes are achieved. Our services include business and strategy planning and reviews, financial strategy and analysis, developing or refining operating models, process re-engineering and improvement, technology services, project and program management and human capital solutions.

Forensic Services BDO’s national Forensic Services team consists of multi-disciplinary experts with proven industry experience. Our specialist team consists of certified fraud examiners, valuers, accountants, auditors, lawyers, computer forensic practitioners, data analysis and corporate investigators. The experience and detailed knowledge of legislation , investigative process and court procedures of our team also allows them to support legal professionals with their forensic requirements.

Wealth Management Wealth Management delivers high quality, tailored wealth management solutions and advice to help our clients meet their financial goals and lifestyle needs. No matter what stage of life they are at, BDO’s experienced advisers can tailor an effective strategy and progressive plan, to set our clients on the path to financial success.


Our services We have specialist industry knowledge and a deep understanding and appreciation of risks, issues and opportunities in the following industries and specialisations: Our Industries • Automotive • Financial Services • Food & Agribusiness • Government & Public Sector • Infrastructure • Natural Resources • Not-For-Profit • Property & Construction • Retail • Senior Living • Technology, Media & Telecommunications • Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality.

Our Specialisations • Corporate Secretarial • Environmental Sustainability • Family Business • Global Outsourcing • International Business • Superannuation.


our international focus Whatever the size of your business, there is a growing need to understand the international business arena. Most organisations may be hesitant to push into international markets, fearing it will be too risky, complicated, or unprofitable. BDO can assist these organisations to succeed internationally with our extensive global network, covering over 110 countries and our corporate partnership arrangement with Austrade. This global infrastructure provides Australian businesses wishing to explore overseas opportunities with a compelling business partner to succeed in the global arena. In addition to assisting Australian businesses succeed internationally, we are also well placed to help overseas organisations that have a desire to do business within Australia.

Although our network stretches throughout the globe, we have a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region (in particular China and India), as well as strong connections in Africa, USA and Europe. How the BDO/Austrade Corporate Partnership can help you The alliance provides increased assistance for Australian businesses wishing to explore overseas investment and trading opportunities and to those seeking to expand their international business operations. The link, organised under Austrade’s ‘Corporate Partnerships’ program, leverages the expertise and global networks of both Austrade and BDO, and provides valuable advice, expertise and support – in effect, smoothing the journey into the international business environment.


bdo in the community Giving back to the community, wherever it is needed, is an important part of doing business at BDO.

This philosophy is aligned with the values that we maintain as a firm and our desire to make a positive and enduring difference. Our community involvements encompass both financial support and investment of our people’s expertise and time. We are committed to making a real difference to causes in the following areas: • Community • Charity • Care.


bdo and orana bdo and Bicycle QLD BDO support Orana in their fundraising and sponsorship activities. BDO’s support has included biannual sponsorship of Orana in the City to Bay, raising brand awareness and funds for South Australians living with disabilities. About Orana For over 60 years, Orana has played a vital role in supporting South Australians living with disabilities. Orana provides people with disabilities the opportunity to live and work within their local community, fulfil their dreams and become valued and productive community members. Orana currently provide employment, accommodation and respite services to over 550 South Australians.

BDO has been a proud sponsor of the BDO Brisbane Coot-tha Challenge for the past five years. The BDO Brisbane Coot-tha Challenge, while providing individuals with a cycling challenge, also raises money for charity. Since its inception in 2008 the event has raised over $85,000 for charity. The BDO Brisbane Coot-tha Challenge is part of Bike Week, an initiative which presents a range of rides and mostly free activities to demonstrate the numerous fitness and fun benefits of the pursuit, and encourage people of all ages in the community to get involved in cycling.

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This publication has been carefully prepared, but it has been written in general terms and should be seen as broad guidance only. The publication cannot be relied upon to cover specific situations and you should not act, or refrain from acting, upon the information contained therein without obtaining specific professional advice. Please contact the BDO member firms in Australia to discuss these matters in the context of your particular circumstances. BDO (Australia) Ltd and each BDO member firm in Australia, their partners and/or directors, employees and agents do not accept or assume any liability or duty of care for any loss arising from any action taken or not taken by anyone in reliance on the information in this publication or for any decision based on it. BDO refers to one or more of the independent member firms of BDO International Ltd, a UK company limited by guarantee. Each BDO member firm in Australia is a separate legal entity and has no liability for another entity’s acts and omissions. Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation (other than for the acts or omissions of financial services licensees) in each State or Territory other than Tasmania. BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO member firms. © 2012 BDO (Australia) Ltd. All rights reserved.

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