Our People


Kickstarting her career with RSM 15 years ago as an accountant, Arlene has been instrumental in the business growth of clients as she provides strategic and timely advice while continuing to significantly contribute as a Director of the Business Advisory services and a Partner of RSM in Sydney. Arlene is also the National Lead – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at RSM.

Arlene Kristianto is a Partner of RSM Australia Partners and a Director of RSM Australia Pty Ltd.

Arlene works with a wide array of clients, from high net wealth individuals to small medium enterprises (SMEs), and regularly deals with various structures such as trusts, companies and self-managed superannuation funds.

"With a strong passion and interest on client service, I strive to provide up to date and industry relevant advice to help my clients operate in the most effective and productive manner.”

With more than 20 years of accounting experience, Arlene has demonstrated expertise and knowledge in various business and cashflow plans, practice health checks, management reports and tax strategies. Her current and previous clients include chiropractors, optometrists, general practitioner greenasset_24x.pngspecialists, surgeons and medical practices as well as those who work in the information technology, property, energy, infrastructure and the not-for-profit space.

Outside the work space, Arlene makes time for her other passion - travel and good food - even better when enjoyed with her husband and kids. 

Solutions Arlene provides

Arlene is able to provide sound advice and solutions to small and medium business and high net worth individuals in all areas of:

  • GST and income tax compliance and advice
  • Business planning and budgeting
  • Cashflow projection
  • Periodic management reporting to Board of Directors and/or international holding entities
  • Outsourced CFO role for Australian subsidiaries of foreign entities
  • Family office services

Arlene also assists a number of Australian subsidiaries of multinational businesses with accounting, payroll, accounts payable, monthly management reporting, cash flow reports and tax, and other regulatory compliance requirements.

Significant projects

  • Assisted a not for profit organisation with its management accounting, reporting and budgeting processes as it exponentially grew from a start-up organisation with $550k p.a. turnover to a multifaceted organisation with a $6.1m p.a. turnover and a significant presence in its industry
  • Assisted a property developer with net assets in excess of $100m and 10 active development projects, in preparing a five year business plan and budgets for crucial bank fundingArlene Kristianto is a Principal of RSM in Sydney, providing business and tax advisory services to property developers, IT professionals, consultants, solicitors and medical practitioners.
  • Tax advice provided to a family owned business with a turnover of $3m p.a. on effective business structure and capital gains tax (CGT) implications for all shareholders following restructure

Professional associations

  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand


  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance)

Work Related Deductions for Doctors Denied

18 October 2021
A recent case through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) - Mfula and Commissioner of Taxation (Taxation) [2021] AATA 3067 (30 August 2021) - has potentially put into question expenses that locum doctors have been claiming as tax deductions over the years. For many medical practitioners, particularly locum doctors whose role is to provide ...

Webinar Series | Business and Finance Symposium | October 2020

23 October 2020
There is no better time for businesses to demonstrate their agility and provide a rapid response to the evolving needs of customers than during this pandemic. As customers adapt to the "new normal", how exactly can businesses level up to increased expectations?  In the recently concluded sessions of RSM in Sydney's Business and Finance ...

Small Business Income Tax Concessions - Am I small enough?

23 January 2017
It is a well-known fact that small to medium businesses drive the majority of the Australian economy. The ATO has made certain income tax concessions available for small entities in particular, since at least 2002 with the introduction of the Simplified Tax System which then transitioned into the now known Small Business Concessions. ...