Our People


Jonathon is a Partner of the national Restructuring and Recovery division, based in both Canberra and Melbourne.

Jonathon is a registered liquidator and registered bankruptcy trustee with extensive experience delivering insolvency, restructuring and recovery solutions for companies and individuals in financial trouble.

As a trusted advisor to financiers, accountants, solicitors and directors, Johnathon has helped many distressed companies restructure, save jobs, eliminate old debt, and position themselves as a market leader.

Jonathon is extremely passionate about supporting businesses, and his guidance is often sought by lawyers, auditors, and accountants and he is frequently invited to advise boards and join committees.  

“Our clients appreciate our honesty and straight talking and they know they can count on us for it. I really enjoy helping people and – in the best scenario – seeing a business succeed where they may otherwise have failed. We value every client, and are only ever a phone call away.”

asset_45.pngJonathon is an ACT Regional Counsellor for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is highly analytical and strategic in his approach, and his direct but user-friendly style is valued by his clients and peers. 

One of Jonathon’s proudest moments is his successful management of the restructure of Star Aviation Services that resulted in a Deed of Company Arrangement being executed and 300 jobs saved across the country. 

In his spare time, you’ll find Jonathon riding his mountain bike, spending time with his young family, and skiing at Perisher in the winter. He also never misses a Raiders or Liverpool game.

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

Mobile Service Locations:
Batemans Bay, Canberra, Dandenong, Melbourne, MorningtonOrange/Bathurst,  Western Sydney, and Wollongong.

Solutions Jonathon provides

Jonathon's experience includes the management of the following types of engagements:

  • asset_26.pngBusiness turnaround
  • Voluntary administrations
  • Deeds of company arrangement
  • Liquidations
  • Receiverships
  • Agent for the mortgagee in possession
  • Bankrupt estates
  • Personal insolvency agreements
  • Financial viability and solvency assessments
  • Litigation support

Significant projects

Jonathon’s experience extends to a number of significant projects in a wide range of industries and sectors including:

  • Mining
  • Professional services firms including accounting and law firms
  • Real estate businesses including real estate agencies & strata management businesses
  • Commercial and residential property & construction businesses
  • Hotels, motels, and licensed clubs
  • Not for profit enterprises
  • Retail and hospitality
  • Medical services including pharmacies
  • Agribusinesses
  • Manufacturing and fabrication
  • IT and technology servicesmeet_jonathon.jpg

Professional associations

  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Member, Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA)


  • Registered liquidator
  • Official liquidator
  • Registered trustee in bankruptcy


  • Insolvency Education Program, IPA
  • Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting, ICAA
  • Bachelor of Commerce, ANU

Construction companies urged to take notice as leader enters administration

4 March 2022
Last week, we learned that one of Australia’s largest construction companies, Probuild, has entered sudden administration with no warning to subcontractors. A long list of factors have likely played a role in the company’s demise, including delays due to lockdowns and increased labour and materials costs. 

What will 2022 look like for small business owners?

6 December 2021
Many Australian small business owners are entering into a recovery mode, grappling with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis and preparing to forge ahead - but 2022 continues to look uncertain for some. This month Jonathon Colbran FCA, RSM Partner Restructuring and Recovery, shares his predictions for 2022 and why he believes small busine...

5 pressures for construction companies in the lead up to Christmas

15 November 2021
As construction businesses start to emerge from recent lockdowns, ASIC has reported that insolvency activity is up 21% in the period to September 2021 compared to the same time last year.  Here are 5 pressure points to be wary of as we round out 2021 if your construction company is struggling, or has more work than you can handle.  

New warning notices from ATO for businesses with $100k+ tax debt

30 August 2021
Under laws introduced in 2019, the ATO is now issuing warning notices to businesses with tax debts over $100,000 that are now 90 days or more overdue.   Business owners have 28 days to engage with the ATO to discuss a payment arrangement or face having the debt disclosed to credit agencies.  While it may seem like a harsh measu...

Having a failing business is mentally tough

1 July 2021
It takes its toll: mental health and the fear of bankruptcy. This month Andrew Bowcher, an RSM Partner based in Wagga Wagga, shares his personal experience of working with people who are facing potential bankruptcy. After nearly 20 years with RSM, he has worked with a lot of clients and heard a lot of personal stories.

Five questions boards should be asking emerging from COVID-19

15 January 2021
With 2020 now behind us, there’s no doubt countless people across the globe will breathe a deep sigh of relief. While there are no guarantees that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over, steps taken over the past nine months certainly place many in a better position to deal with whatever happens next. For organisations that made rapid...

5 elements to a successful not-for-profit amalgamation or merger

26 August 2020
One of the first sectors to bear the brunt of an economic downturn is the not-for-profit sector which is resulting in many considering an amalgamation or merger. Reliance on community services increases, yet funding and donations can be hard to come by and higher poverty rates affect customers’ ability to pay for services.  For not-for-pr...

Tips to avoid failure for small business - Part 1

6 October 2017
Small business owners take note! At RSM, we have seen many businesses with cash flow problems or debt recovery issues successfully turned around as a result of early action on the part of directors and business owners.   Unfortunately, business failures usually occur where action is taken far too late to enable any chance of turnaround or...

Protecting your Assets – the PPSR is (most likely) for you!

16 November 2016
The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) has been in operation since 30 January 2012, yet many businesses continue to be ignorant of the PPSR by not understanding the nature of their agreement with customers, failing to register or registering incorrectly.

Resources Slowdown – coming to a business near you

24 May 2016
We are reminded daily of the effects of declining investment in mining construction and the collapse in commodity prices on the Australian economy. This has been highlighted in the 2016 federal budget where the Federal Government realises the mining investment boom is over and it is trying to stimulate the economy and job growth thro...

Liquidators issue update on collapse of Langford Jones Homes

Liquidators appointed to collapsed Victorian-based building firm Langford Jones Homes have advised more than 400 creditors that there are presently insufficient assets to pay any money to the more than $20 million in creditors.    RSM Australia Partners Jonathon Colbran and Richard Stone, who were appointed as Joint and Several Li...

ASIC keeps eagle eye on professional advisers

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has demonstrated a continued commitment to investigating and prosecuting professional advisers who aid in breaches of director duties, or who are involved in phoenix activity. Most recently, this has been shown in court action brought by ASIC against the proprietor of a small business advis...