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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.R&D Tax

 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.

"I enjoy helping clients access government incentives which can provide vital cash flow and allow them to further grow their business. I love seeing their products or technologies come to life!"

Before joining RSM,  Jessica was a Director in R&D Tax Services in a Big 4 Accounting Firm. Prior to her accounting career, other jobs were mostly in hospitality including pubs, restaurants and hotels, where she worked as a bartender, waitress or in housekeeping.  She also had a stint at Maccas when she was 15 years old - it makes you fastidious about customer service!

Jessica "enjoys" online shopping and as this mainly gets delivered to the office, she has earned quite the reputation as a shopping addict amongst her colleagues!  She also loves to cook for friends or eat out at nice restaurants, and go running or walking with her beloved dog. The latter allowing her to enjoy the former!

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:

  • R&D Taxpreparation 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

  • Coordinating and managing multi-project R&D assignments, with annual R&D spend in excess of $15m
  • Negotiating companies through the successful defence of prior R&D claims under reviewR&D Tax
  • Leading RSM Australia’s National R&D Tax Incentive practice, as well as working with RSM's Global Incentives Group across the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and others.
  • Providing specialist R&D Tax compliance and consulting services across a diverse range of industries including health/education/financial technology, engineering and manufacturing. 
  • Working with Start-ups, SMEs and large multinationals to identify R&D opportunities to access R&D Tax benefits as well as other government programs such as Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) and Early Stage Innovation Company (ESIC) incentives.

Professional Associations

  • CA - Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • CA - Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)


  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)– 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.  ...

Carbon capture, use and storage hubs and technologies | Hubs stream

12 October 2021
The Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs and Technologies Program (CCUS) is a $250 million initiative that runs over 10 years to 30 June 2031 and is targeted at businesses that have a focus on the design and construction of shared CCUS infrastructure between multiple co-located emitters and viable CO2 storage sites. It is a key component of the ...

Carbon capture, use and storage hubs and technologies | Technologies stream 

11 October 2021
The Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs and Technologies Program (CCUS) is a $250 million initiative that runs over 10 years to 30 June 2031 and is targeted at businesses that have a focus on supporting collaboration and innovation in CCUS technologies and the identification and development of viable CO2 storage sites. It is a key component of ...

Webinar: R&D Tax Incentives and Capital Access

27 August 2021
R&D financing is increasingly gaining popularity in Australia, with many innovative businesses discovering that R&D finance can be a practical and efficient strategy to accelerate innovation programs and maximise ROI. RSM Australia, in partnership with Radium Capital, hosted a presentation on R&D tax incentives and capital access and...

Tax Insights | August 2021 edition

27 August 2021
In our August edition of Tax Insights, we look at MMI applications, tax deductions related to "vacant" land, and COVD key assistance measures. 

7 Ways to Secure Funding for your Tech Startup

3 August 2021
Australian technology startups have certainly shone on the global stage in recent years. Brilliant minds across software, artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, and other related fields have contributed major innovations within the tech space. Getting any new business off the ground is no easy feat though. And in a hyper-competit...

Manufacturing Collaboration Stream - The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI)

27 July 2021
The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) is a $1.3 billion initiative targeted at all businesses growing Australia’s Manufacturing capacity, building scale, and supply chain resilience. It is the signature program of the Australian Federal Government’s $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy, which was announced at the October 2020 Fede...

Tax Insights | June 2021 edition

30 June 2021
In our June edition of our Tax Insights we look at Taxation Ruling TR 2021/D4, R&D EOFY summary and more.

Boost your tech business’s cash flow with government incentives

28 June 2021
How can you boost your tech business’s cash flow with government incentives? When you launch a startup, it’s natural to think being cash strapped comes with a territory. After all, you’ve likely seen plenty of movies and heard stories about the endless struggles of entrepreneurs who endure years of hard work before making a single penny.

Tax Insights | April 2021 edition

28 April 2021
The latest tax updates for you and your business | April edition Keep up to date with the latest Australian and International tax news from our market-leading experts.

Tax alert | Modern Manufacturing Initiative & OECD guidance released

10 March 2021
The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) is a $1.3bn initiative targeted at all businesses growing Australia’s Manufacturing capacity, building scale and supply chain resilience. The MMI program is the signature program of the Australian Federal Government’s $1.5bn Modern Manufacturing Strategy, which was announced at the October 2020 Federal Budget.

The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI)

10 March 2021
The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) is a $1.3bn initiative targeted at all businesses growing Australia’s Manufacturing capacity, building scale, and supply chain resilience.  The MMI program is the signature program of the Australian Federal Government’s $1.5bn Modern Manufacturing Strategy, which was announced at the O...

Federal Budget implications for the R&D Tax Incentive

20 October 2020
The Australian Federal Budget was handed down on 6 October 2020, and outlined various economic stimulus measures with the intent to support Australia’s economic recovery through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Several key measures of the Federal Budget passed through both houses of Parliament on 9 October 2020 as the Treasury Laws Amendment ...

Webinar: From Music to Medicine - A Conversation with Dr Tania Farrar | 24 September 2020

30 September 2020
On 24 September 2020, RSM Australia hosted it's first EMpower webinar, From Music to Medicine: A Conversation with Dr Tania Farrar. Facilitated by RSM Partner, Jessica Olivier, Tania talked about her transition from the world of classical music to the chaos of refractory seizure management and the challenges patients (and their neurologists) fac...

R&D year end planning during an unprecedented time

15 June 2020
In what has been an unprecedented year so far around the world, business and life in Australia have never been more different. At a time when there is economic uncertainty and cashflow is critical, it is more important than ever to plan for the R&D Tax Incentive and to ensure robust documentation is in place to secure much needed R&D f...

The R&D Tax Incentive and Your Business

11 June 2020
The Research and Development Tax Incentive is a Federal Government initiative to encourage companies to invest in innovation that benefits Australia. It is jointly managed by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and the Australian Tax Office. While it is widely acknowledged that innovation and the need for change ...

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 ...

Has coronavirus impacted the R&D Tax Incentive – what claimants need to know

31 March 2020
The short answer is, not much. While COVID-19 wreaks havoc on humankind and the economy alike, the R&D incentive may just be the silver lining in a coronavirus shaped cloud. For starters, the Senate Committee considering controversial proposed changes to the R&D Tax Incentive are now facing a 5-month extension. With Senate’s report d...

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 ...

Proposed R&D tax changes don't stand up to Senate scrutiny

14 February 2019
The Senate’s Economics Legislation Committee report was tabled on Monday 11 February and in its collective wisdom, the committee has put on hold proposed changes to the research and development (R&D) tax incentive. The incentive, imperative to the livelihood of the Australian innovation industry, was threatened with a raft of changes follo...

R&D Tax Incentive Reform - Call for submissions

4 July 2018
R&D tax reforms, as announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget, are steps closer to implementation with the Treasurer and Minister for Jobs and Innovation releasing draft legislation proposed to enact the changes.  The Government is seeking feedback on the draft legislation. The consultation process is imperative to ensure effective implem...

R&D tax due diligence important for SMSF investors

3 May 2018
With the leading businesses in the world now being technology and intellectual property-based rather than physical asset-based businesses, investors are looking more proactively for early-stage companies that have similar characteristics. Investors scratching the surface of Australia’s innovation ecosystem looking for investment opportunities ...

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 ...

Budgeting for Innovation

4 November 2016
Many businesses use innovation to grow, however the challenge and failure of many companies that carry out innovation projects is to inadequately budget for the innovation.  This failure is normally not because the company does not undertake a budgeting process, it is primarily because the company does not incorporate the full cost of innov...

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...

1.5% Cuts to the R&D Tax Incentive in the Omnibus Bill

21 September 2016
The Omnibus Bill passed by parliament has cut the rates available under the Refundable and Non-Refundable R&D Tax Offsets by 1.5% for the first $100m of eligible expenditure. The refundable R&D tax offset rate will be reduced from 45 per cent to 43.5 per cent, and non-refundable rate will be reduced from 40 per cent to 38.5 per cent...

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...

What's Next in Tech: Cash is dead – The future of accounts payable

Thursday, 30 September 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST
WHAT'S NEXT IN TECH?  Cash is dead – The future of accounts payable Accounts payable has traditionally been a “mundane back office task”. But, the landscape is changing. Technology solutions are becoming far more automated and integrated than ever before. Making payments to suppliers is also far more streamlined than in the pas...