Our People

Jamie O'Rourke
National Chairman


Office : Sydney
Biography

Jamie is the National Chairman of RSM Australia and a Director of Business Advisory. He is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the firm on a national basis.

Jamie joined RSM in 1991 and has over 30 years of professional accounting experience.

He has worked extensively with Australian subsidiaries of international companies on all compliance needs, and also works closely with high net wealth individuals and family groups.

Jamie is a former managing partner of the Sydney office.

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

Solutions Jamie provides

Jamie is responsible for providing business and tax advisory services for clients of the Business Advisory division of RSM, who operate across a wide range of industries, including investments, health and medical, professional services, technology, property development and construction.

Through his extensive business advisory experience, Jamie is able to provide sound advice and innovative solutions in the areas of:

  • taxation
  • business planning and restructuring
  • asset protection
  • profitability and growth planning
  • exit strategies

Significant projects

For each business, success often depends on an organisation’s ability to understand key performance areas and set achievable goals. Jamie works closely with business owners to help achieve these goals.

For example:

  • he assisted an IT client in all areas of business management up until a trade sale for $20m was secured 5 years after business commencement
  • a Sydney manufacturing business with a turnover of $22m required his assistance with managing its growth goals, in particular acquiring a new business, crucial bank funding and business rationalisation
  • during the past 10 years Jamie has worked to establish a specialisation in providing outsourced CFO services to overseas companies setting up in Australia

Professional associations

  • Member, Tax Institute of Australia
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Member, Tax payers Australia

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (University of Canberra)
  • Leading Professional Services Firms (Harvard Business School)

Appointments

  • Justice of the Peace
  • National Business Advisory Committee
Publications

Think today’s skills shortages are bad? Imagine the 1940s | The Big Picture with Jamie

2 May 2022
After surviving the Great Depression of the 1930s with relative ease, The National Service Company (as RSM was known in those days) found itself in a severely difficult situation in the 1940s. The reason? Skills shortages!

How a young business survived the Great Depression | The Big Picture with Jamie

24 March 2022
RSM benefited enormously from the buoyant economic times of the 1920s. The roaring 20s was a decade of economic growth and widespread prosperity largely driven by recovery from the Great War but also fuelled by consumer appetite for goods such as automobiles.  These buoyant times allowed RSM to build a strong business platform to withstand ...

Our founder’s story in the roaring 1920s | The Big Picture with Jamie

22 February 2022
It’s hard to believe that on 27th March this month we celebrate our 100 year anniversary of serving businesses in Australia. Many businesses have an interesting tale to tell on how they came to be. Often, we find that the challenges faced today are not unlike those of our predecessors who also struggled through times of uncertainty to realise ...

Don’t let taxes spoil your Christmas

1 December 2015
With the silly season around the corner now is the time to start planning for the upcoming festivities. But don’t let the tax office dampen your spirits, celebrate Christmas whilst minimising your fringe benefits tax for a tax-hangover-free night. The Christmas party The provision of entertainment by way of food and drink provided to em...

NSW payroll tax rebate scheme extended - 23 November deadline

16 November 2015
The payroll tax rebate scheme has been extended to 30 June 2019. Payroll tax rebates can be up to $5,000 per employee in situations in which a business’s full time employee numbers have grown and in which new employees are retained for a two year period. In 2011, the NSW Government has initiated a Jobs Action Plan which is aimed at e...
Events

Protecting you, protecting our staff

At RSM, we will always prioritise the safety of our staff, clients and valued contacts. In the wake of announcements around the COVID-19 places, RSM has put in place a series of measures to ensure we are minimising any risk. These measures are being constantly reviewed as the situation changes. The measures include:  Restricting tr...