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Ross is a Director of the Business Advisory division in Fremantle and Esperance and the National  Leader of Agribusiness.

Ross provides advice to small and medium sized enterprises on a range of issues including taxation, cashflow management and asset protection. Prior to joining the firm full time in 2000, Ross was involved in broad acre farming in Esperance. Having a country upbringing, Ross particularly enjoys working with his regional clients.

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

Solutions Ross provides

Ross provides expert knowledge and advice in the following areas:

  • taxation advice and planning
  • budgeting and cashflow management
  • succession and business planning
  • asset protection and business restructuring

Significant projects

Ross is responsible for a number of overseas clients with farming interests in Western Australia.

Professional associations

  • Member, Certified Practicing Accountants in Australia


  • Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting (Curtin University)


  • Registered tax agent

Specialises In

  • Agribusiness
  • Mining services
  • Engineering and transport services
  • Supermarkets

How elections from the ATO may provide relief to your agribusiness

9 December 2022
Ross Paterson discusses how elections from the ATO may provide relief to your agribusiness. Tax relief for farming entities impacted by climatic events The 2022 farming year has been quite challenging for a lot of farmers with rising input costs, increased interest rates, and a shortage of workers. Unfortunately, we have also had a reminde...

Explorer to Producer: Australia’s Mining Regeneration

3 May 2022
A report by RSM on Australia’s modern miners The pace of change, the range of issues faced by Australia’s new generation of exploration and development companies on their journey to production,and the outlook for the sector, are all explored in this report. It also looks at the developments and trends altering Australia’s mineral explor...

The 2022 State of Agribusiness in Australia

21 April 2022
The 2022 State of Agribusiness in Australia report provides an overview of the challenges the industry currently faces, along with recommendations and insights from industry leaders that will let agricultural players harness more opportunities and strengthen their position in the market. ...

Rising Costs for Farmers in Early 2022

15 March 2022
Many farmers are coming off a record year in terms of production and prices, but two months into 2022 and we are seeing a few reality checks already. Rising input costs, strain on the supply chain, and increases in capital purchases are causing frustration among farmers in the agriculture sector.

Using digital farm finance to future-proof your farm

17 September 2021
The gross value of agricultural production is expected to reach a record of over $66 billion in 2020–21 according to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. In their latest Agricultural overview: June quarter 2021, they summarise that global demand for Australia's agricultural commodities continues to be strong and the market...

Succession plan in place – what needs to be done next?

21 June 2021
Farming families generally acknowledge that having a documented succession plan is a good idea. Usually, the goals of the succession plan are agreed relatively quickly, but there is often a bit of ‘argy-bargy’ between family members in determining the exact timeframe for implementation. Hopefully, in those situations a compromise can be...

Maximising the value of a farm budget

21 January 2021
For many farmers preparing a farm budget is all about identifying lending requirements for the year, prior to meeting with the local bank manager. As part of this process, a statement of position is also usually prepared which will calculate the farmer’s equity position. A strong equity position will generally result in the bank applying a smalle...

Succession Planning tips for farming families

11 September 2020
Succession planning for farming families can be quite daunting and there certainly are some horror stories on how it can spiral out of control. The flip side is succession planning can be a very rewarding process for all involved if tackled with goodwill and respect. Three tips to help get your succession plan moving in the right direction are: ...

COVID-19 Lessons for Primary Producers

17 August 2020
The COVID-19 Pandemic has presented great challenges across the globe and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future as governments tread a fine line between the very real public health concerns and trying to jumpstart faltering economies. For most of us, a pandemic such as COVID-19, is something we have never previously experienced. From...