Our People

Adam Crowley
National Leader, Property and Construction


Adam is a Director of the Business Advisory division in Sydney and the National  Leader of Property and Construction. Adam has over 15 years of experience in accounting, taxation, and business advisory, specialising in all areas of the property and construction industries.

Adam Crowley is a Partner of RSM Australia Partners and a Director of RSM Australia Pty Ltd.

Adam provides accounting, business advisory, tax consulting, and compliance services to his clients, both locally and internationally.

Solutions ADAM provides 

  • Property development structuring

  • Financing and debt structuring

  • Income tax and capital gains tax

  • GST margin scheme and going concern

  • FBT, stamp duty, and land taxes

  • Corporate consolidations and reconstructions

  • Inbound and outbound investment

  • Corporate taxation and transaction advisory

  • Group restructuring and tax consolidation

  • Tax structuring and due diligence

Adam specialises in all areas of the property and construction industries including:

  • Commercial and residential property development

  • Land subdivisions

  • Property investment

  • Listed property groups

  • Real estate investment trusts

  • Managed investment trust structures

  • Commercial construction

  • Home builders

  • Infrastructure projects

Significant projects

  • Taxation advice for the structuring of a property development groups multinational business operations in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and China

  • GST margin scheme and stamp duty advice for a client’s acquisition, subdivision and development of residential land

  • Advice in relation to transfer duty for a foreign-owned development group under corporate consolidation and reconstruction exemptions

  • Taxation advice in relation to the restructure and tax consolidation of a large property development group for IPO

  • Support for various client taxation audits and reviews with the Australian Taxation Officeasset_4.png

Professional associations

  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Member, The Tax Institute, Australia 
  • Member, Urban Development Institute of Australia

  • Member, Property Council of Australia 


  • Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – The College of Law 

  • Juris Doctor Law – University NSW (Distinction)

  • Master of Taxation - Sydney University

  • Bachelor of Business and Commerce


The construction sector should start reaping the rewards of digital systems

7 November 2022
Two years ago the construction sector was experiencing record building approvals, activity and strong profits. With the benefit of hindsight this was the time many construction firms should have retired their spreadsheets and legacy IT and invested in new digital systems. While adopting cloud-based financial systems wouldn’t have given f...

Case Study: Polytec Group

5 July 2022
  BACKGROUND Polytec Australia is a member of Polytec Group which was established in the 1980s. The Group has diversified business operations including property, retail, energy and financial services. Polytec Australia is principally engaged in property development, property investment and property management in Australia’s major cit...

What's Next in Tech? Construction: Webinar 2 | April 2022

14 April 2022
Webinar 2: Large Construction Businesses Technology across the construction industry is changing rapidly. Whether you’re a trades business or large construction business, you need the right tools in place to manage projects and jobs, your costs, staff and so much more. The number one issue our clients face is that they are eit...

How to structure a Property Development Business

4 November 2021
Most business owners understand the main types of entities that can be set up to operate a business, such as: sole trader, company, trust and partnership. Each of these entities has very different qualities, with unique benefits and risks depending on the nature of the business you’re planning to run.   When it comes to setting up an e...

How property developers can streamline their operations

2 September 2021
Have you ever found yourself thinking, “There must be a more efficient way to do this!”. Or, “Why aren’t my systems smart enough to manage all of this for me?” This is the plight of many business owners whose companies have achieved significant growth, yet still rely on basic or outdated software and practices implemented while the bus...

5 Essential Tips for Property and Construction Startups

10 August 2021
For those who venture into the property and construction space, launching a new business can be both exciting and incredibly daunting. While all new businesses carry risks, failure rates for construction businesses are among the highest of any industry in Australia. Yet where there is risk, there are also great rewards. The majority of construct...

Case Study: Macrolink

1 February 2021
Founded in the early 1990s, Macrolink Group (Macrolink) is a privately owned Chinese based multi-business group. With eight (8) separate business arms operating under Macrolink, the group has a diverse portfolio across a range of industries including mining, energy, engineering, property and construction, tourism and financial services. 

Case study: Fidem Property Group

19 November 2020
Fidem Property Group (Fidem) is a medium-sized property and construction company based in Sydney. Founded in 2009, Fidem delivered a variety of projects in the North-Western corridor of Sydney before establishing a dedicated construction arm in 2017 working with private and commercial clients. Emmanuel Ghobrial, Fidem’s Development Manager, started the business with his brother Michael to leverage each of their unique skillsets and build upon their experience within the sector.

NSW land tax surcharges for foreign persons

29 October 2020
Under current legislation, ‘foreign persons’ that acquire or own residential land in NSW may be subject to surcharge purchaser duty (additional 8%) and ongoing surcharge land tax (additional 2%). Broadly, a ‘foreign person’ includes an individual who is not ordinarily resident in Australia (other than an Australian citizen) or various en...

Discretionary trusts, non-TAP gains, and foreign beneficiaries

23 June 2020
The foundations of a sound tax system are built on the notions of efficiency, equity and simplicity.[1] Put simply, this means that the tax system should minimise distortion, apply fairly, and be clear and concise in its application.[2]

Are you eligible for the new HomeBuilder program?

10 June 2020
In an effort to support jobs in the residential construction sector, Scott Morrison has recently announced the introduction of the new HomeBuilder program. The HomeBuilder program provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home where the contra...

Property and Development Series

5 June 2020
RSM has been providing accounting, taxation and advisory services to clients operating in the Australian property industry (property development and construction, property management and property investment), for many years. Throughout that time, we have seen a wide variety of property transactions, each with their own issues and complexities. Fr...

Issues with NSW Stamp Duty

21 April 2020
Having surveyed those in the property development industry for many years, the only thing that developers seem to dislike more than paying stamp duty, is paying stamp duty twice on the same property. Although this may arise in a variety of circumstances, the most common is when a developer that has completed the purchase of property in one enti...

Assisting commercial tenants with the impact of COVID-19

21 April 2020
With the recent release of the Mandatory Code of Conduct (the Code) governing commercial leasing arrangements, landlords and their tenants are required to engage in good faith negotiations in respect of rental reductions in the form of waivers and deferrals to help mitigate the financial stress and hardship suffered as a direct result of the COVID-...

Assisting commercial landlords with the impact of COVID-19

21 April 2020
With the recent release of the Mandatory Code of Conduct (the Code) governing commercial leasing arrangements, landlords and their tenants are required to engage in good-faith negotiations in respect of rental reductions in the form of rent waivers and deferrals to help mitigate the financial stress and hardship suffered as a direct result of the C...

Rent relief for commercial tenants and detailed information for landlords

9 April 2020
The National Cabinet has recently released its Mandatory Code of Conduct (the Code) for landlords and commercial tenants in response to COVID-19. The Code comes into effect from 3 April 2020.  The purpose of the Code is to impose a set of “good faith leasing principles” to be applied in relation to existing commercial leasing arrangements...

Dealing with GST in property transactions

8 April 2020
For most businesses operating in Australia, GST is fairly straight forward. As many of our clients are quick to remind us, ‘you just add 10%.'  Unfortunately, as those operating in the property development sector will know, the application of GST to property transactions can become highly complex, and given the quantum of the figures invo...

The “Proportionality Principle” for landlords and commercial tenants

7 April 2020
In an announcement on 7 April 2020, Scott Morrison provided detail concerning the mandatory code of practice for landlords and commercial tenants in response to COVID-19. The desired outcomes of the code appear relatively simple: to preserve the landlord and tenant relationship, to keep the tenant in the property, and to preserve the lease that ...

Impact of COVID-19 on Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMEs)

23 March 2020
Enhanced instant asset write-off Immediate deduction for eligible assets1 costing less than $150,000 (excluding GST credits) first used or installed ready for use between 12 March 2020 to 30 June 2020. The cost threshold applies on a per asset basis, allowing an immediate deduction for multiple assets.  This measure applies to both ...

Economic impact of COVID-19 on the Property and Construction sector

16 March 2020
The construction sector is expected to face significant difficulties sourcing construction materials, primarily based in China, and other parts of Asia due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). However, these supply chain shortages are not anticipated to be too delayed, with recovery expected by the second half of 2020. In the short-ter...

How to structure property development?

8 January 2020
Typically, property developers will aim to structure a property development with one of three desired outcomes in mind...

Funding your property development

17 October 2019
For many developers, the question that inevitably arises is how the property development should be (or could be) funded. In answering this question, various factors need to be considered in the context of the particular facts and circumstances of each developer and the proposed development. Given the industry is so capital intensive, access t...

How legal structures have a far-reaching impact on your property development

9 July 2019
Determining the best structure for your property development can get complex. The success or failure of any good property development all starts with having strong footings and a solid foundation. If the foundation is defective, the construction that follows is undermined, and the costs to rectify are significant. Just as it applies when using...

Case study: Rise Group (Rise Projects and Rise Products)

21 June 2019
Rise Group is a property development and construction company with a strong background in delivering high-quality projects across New South Wales and Queensland. Formed in 2007, they pride themselves on their quality, architecturally designed and sustainable housing, in prime locations at affordable prices. With their head office in North S...

Case study: Jotown International

30 May 2019
Consistent, stable growth at a healthy pace is Jotown International’s priority and focus. Established in 2007, Jotown International is an evolving property developer specialising in land subdivision, complex residential building and apartment development. They have delivered an extensive portfolio of projects across NSW and QLD and also m...

Non-resident? Understand the new NSW property taxes that could affect you

21 November 2016
If you are a ‘foreign person’, you may now find yourself subject to two additional surcharges recently introduced in NSW regarding residential land and real estate purchased and owned. The two new surcharges include: An additional 4% surcharge purchaser duty on the purchase of residential real estate in NSW by foreign persons effective fr...

RevenueSA Job Accelerator Grant Scheme

30 September 2016
The South Australian Office of State Revenue (RevenueSA) has established a Job Accelerator Grant Scheme to encourage South Australian businesses to employ additional full-time, part-time and casual employees.  HOW DOES THE SCHEME WORK? Under the scheme, eligible businesses that hire employees in South Australia are able to apply for gran...