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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)
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.  ...

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

6 August 2019
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...

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 ...

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...

Are you missing out on tax incentives?

7 March 2017
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 periodic...

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...