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Jessica Olivier
Partner - Sydney


Jessica Olivier is a director of the Tax Services division in Sydney, providing specialist R&D tax incentive compliance and consulting services. Jessica commenced her corporate tax career in the UK in 2000 and has worked in Australia since 2005. Since 2006, she has specialised in R&D tax and assisted a diverse range of industries to identify R&D opportunities and access the R&D tax benefits, including start-up innovators, SMEs and large multi-national corporations.

Prior to joining RSM, Jessica was a director at a big four accounting firm.

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

Solutions Jessica Olivier provides

Jessica works in R&D tax incentive advisory services for RSM. She has extensive experience in every aspect of the R&D claim process, including:

  • preparation of material and presenting to clients regarding the R&D eligibility criteria, both technical and financial
  • running educational workshops and interviews to identify potential R&D projects and gather appropriate information to assess, prepare and substantiate R&D tax claims
  • review of prior years’ claims to ensure accuracy and legitimacy of the R&D benefit claimed
  • preparing and lodging appropriate R&D registration documentation
  • allocation of R&D costs and calculation of the R&D expenditure
  • advising and implementing robust R&D management practices
  • assistance with and attendance at AusIndustry/ATO reviews and audits

Significant Projects

Major projects Jess has been responsible for include:

  • coordination and management of multi-project R&D assignments, with annual R&D spend in excess of $15m
  • negotiating companies through the successful defense of prior R&D claims under reviewJessica Olivier is a Principal of Tax Services in Sydney, providing R&D Tax Incentive compliance and consulting services.
  • working on new government legislation, industry submissions and thought leadership publications for the new R&D tax incentive
  • preparation of Advance/Overseas Finding Applications and other government grant applications


  • CA - Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)


  • Bachelor of Science – Business Administration and French (Cardiff University)


  • FINALIST, WOMEN IN FINANCE AWARDS 2018 - Principal of the Year
News articles

Leaders and their Legends | Jess Olivier

9 October 2019
2021 FIFA World Cup hopeful Ted Olivier and aspiring tap dancer Elsie Olivier sit down for a chat with their Mum, Jess Olivier to learn more a bit more about what she does during her workday. Jessica Olivier is a director of the Tax Services division in Sydney, R&D Tax incentives extraordinaire and a busy mum of two.  ...

Case Study: Six8 Pty Ltd

30 April 2020
Six8 is one of the new and unique players in the sharing economy space with the vision to make live music accessible for everyone. Launched in Sydney in 2017, Six8 is an early stage start-up focussed on bringing technological innovation to the music industry. More than a business, Six8 is a community of artists and live music enthusiasts who ...

The Moreton Resources Case - R&D tax incentive in Australia

26 March 2020
The Moreton Resources Case – Finally certainty amongst the uncertainty for the R&D tax incentive in Australia, but only if you know how to find it.   The morning of Thursday, 25 July 2019 became a significant day for the R&D tax incentive in Australia, as the landmark decision of Moreton Resources Ltd v Innovation and Sc...

R&D tax update | what you need to know in 2020

28 January 2020
30 April 2020 Deadline Approaching A general reminder for year-ended 30 June 2019 companies planning on accessing the R&D Tax Incentive program that you must lodge your R&D Application Form with AusIndustry within ten (10) months of the relevant financial year-end. This means that the deadline for 30 June 2019 year-end companies will ...

Budget "sweeteners" diminished by downside economic risks

22 March 2019
The budget will be an opportunity to provide a suite of sweeteners to voters ahead of the expected May election. Both sides of the political aisle have made a series of funding announcements to stake their credentials for the job of leading Australia in June. The better than expected budget outcomes outlined in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal ...

Are you missing out on tax incentives?

7 March 2018
If you’re the owner of a company that, unbeknown to you, conducts research and development (R&D) which could qualify for tax incentives – to the tune of 45 cents for every dollar spent – now’s the time to explore how much tax money you might be leaving on the table. There are countless companies across Australia that periodically end...

Software Based R&D Claims – Uncertainties From ‘Agile Development’

21 March 2017
Recent examples of ‘agile development’ from the R&D Tax Incentive administrator have brought uncertainty to the start-up sector. Taxpayers must be more vigilant than ever in how Software R&D claims are prepared. What Is the R&D Tax Incentive? The R&D Tax Incentive should be familiar for start-up businesses, given the broad...

ATO alert sparks concern for software development R&D Tax Incentives (TA2017/5)

24 February 2017
The recent alert issued by the ATO (TA2017/5), has raised some fears and concerns among innovators in established technology firms  as well as the start-up community.   The concern is that AusIndustry and the ATO are out to get companies that claim the R&D Tax Incentive for software related activities or that AusIndustry and the ...

R&D cuts, Tax cuts – is it all bad news?

28 September 2016
The reduction in the R&D tax incentive rates and the positive news for SMEs During the 2016 Federal Budget in May, the Government announced a number of potential corporate tax rate cuts over the next 12 years, to progressively reduce the corporate tax rate from 30% to 25% for all corporate tax entities ultimately regardless of turnover. O...

RSM - R&D Tax Incentive Breakfast - Program Update

Thursday 14th March | 7:30am - 9:00am
This R&D Tax Incentive Breakfast will cover the following topical agenda: Proposed 2018 Federal Budget changes to the R&D program and the recent Senate inquiry Current AusIndustry/ATO scrutiny and increased review activity on R&D claims What to expect with the R&D Tax Incentive going forward and how to better protect y...