Our People

Biography

Simon Brown is a Principal of the Business Advisory division in Margaret River and Busselton, and is one of RSM's leading WA tourism and hospitality specialists.Simon Brown not only specialises in the tourism and hospitality space but brings experience across the agribusiness, and property and construction sectors throughout regional Western Australia.

An experienced chartered accountant, backed with a wealth of industry expertise, Simon not only specialises in the tourism and hospitality space but brings experience across the agribusiness, and property and construction sectors throughout regional Western Australia.

Providing leading strategic advisory on taxation, cloud accounting and business matters, Simon manages a diverse range of business assignments and is responsible for providing clients with high level strategic and business advice. He works closely with his clients to deliver results and outcomes that make a real difference to their business and personal goals, from assisting with compliance to analysing financial performances.


"What drives me is the motivation to simply provide great solutions for my clients. Assisting someone else to achieve their goals, whatever they may be, gives me the greatest satisfaction."


Simon often finds that small to medium enterprise (SME) operators regularly lack the time and knowledge to plan for their business properly, and therefore provides the strategic advice necessary to improve a business operator’s structure and overall performance.

As an acknowledged early adopter of cloud-based accounting such as Xero, Simon is always looking for ways that technology can be used to better provide more cost effective business solutions. He is also a regular presenter of Make Xero Count workshops throughout the South West, RSM's leading free and interactive Xero workshop program designed for new and potential Xero users.Simon Brown is a Principal of the Business Advisory division in Margaret River and Busselton, and is one of RSM's leading WA tourism and hospitality specialists.

Prior to joining RSM, Simon's background was in farming as a mechanic, truck driver and agricultural contractor, before deciding to study business at university. Growing up on the family farm has equipped Simon with first-hand knowledge of how a family succession plan should not be managed.

Perhaps Simon's farming background is the reason he is an early riser and can often be found out on the road driving to clients before 6am.

In his spare time, Simon is busy looking after his livestock, spending time with family and friends and going four wheel driving across the South West. Motorcycle riding is his sport, and although he no longer hits the track at Barbagallo or Phillip Island for road racing, he now instead rides on the dirt with his young daughters.


SOLUTIONS SIMON BROWN PROVIDESSimon is a regular contributor for the Tourism Council WA and Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, writing on trending industry article topics and hosting seminars and workshops.

  • Business planning and enterprise resource planning
  • Business strategy and development
  • Cloud accounting
  • Industry-specific cloud accounting add-ons
  • Employment taxes
  • Financial management
  • Financial reporting and advice
  • GST consulting and compliance
  • Income tax consulting
  • International tax
  • Profit and growth improvement
  • R&D tax
  • Self-managed superannuation funds
  • Structuring advice
  • Succession and estate planning
  • Tax compliance

SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS

  • Simon typically works with SME family business groups to assist with the operation and management of their business.
  • Identifying technological solutions through cloud accounting, managing profitability, cashflow, taxation and succession planning.
  • Simon is a regular contributor for the Tourism Council WA and Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, writing on trending industry article topics and hosting seminars and workshops.

Professional associationsSimon Brown is a Principal of the Business Advisory division in Margaret River and Busselton, and is one of RSM's leading WA tourism and hospitality specialists.

  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Community associations

  • (2013 - 2018) Finance director, Busselton Chamber of Commerce Inc.
  • (2013 - 2018) Vasse Zone President, WA Farmers
  • (2012 - Present) Volunteer Firefighter, Acton Park Fire Brigade

Qualifications

  • GradDipCA (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand)
  • Bachelor of Business (Edith Cowan University)
  • Xero certified advisor and payroll specialist
  • Figured certified advisor
  • Intuit Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor
Publications

Support funding available for WA tourism operators

22 September 2021
WA Tourism and Travel Agents Support Fund 2021 The WA Tourism and Travel Agents Support Fund 2021 was announced by the WA and Federal governments on 22 August 2021. This fund is targeted at tourism businesses and travel agents that have been impacted by the lockdowns and border restrictions that are in place across Australia. The fund offe...

A missed flight for the tourism & hospitality industry

14 May 2021
What about me? The “Me” I refer to is the tourism and hospitality industry, which could be forgiven for recalling the lyrics to Moving Pictures 1981 hit when reviewing the most recent federal budget (or for those more contemporary readers, Shannon Noll released his own version in 2004). The 2021-22 Federal Budget has delivered benefits to...

Compulsory Superannuation Post Amnesty

5 November 2020
The amnesty is over. The superannuation guarantee amnesty period ended on 7 September 2020. Despite significant industry lobbying, it was not extended and it appears highly unlikely to ever be repeated. The amnesty specifically covered superannuation shortfall amounts for the period 1 July 1992 to 31 March 2018. Any shortfall amounts that did...

COVID-19 lessons for tourism & hospitality businesses

17 August 2020
It is difficult to imagine a more brutal series of circumstances than those that have assailed the tourism and hospitality industry as a direct result of COVID-19. Being forced to close the doors, stand staff down, face restrictions on how you can operate, and essentially be helpless as you watch your business crumble. The full scale of the C...

Pay Your Super First

10 January 2020
SuperStream and more recently Single Touch Payroll (STP) have both been significant changes to the payroll compliance framework for employers. SuperStream requires that payments of superannuation to employee’s superannuation funds are done electronically. STP requires that employers report their employee’s payroll details electronically to t...

Managing your margins in the hospitality industry

16 April 2019
The management of key cost margins is imperative for operators of café and restaurant businesses, as this industry is characterised by high sales turnover and high input costs. The two key input costs that margins need managing are wages costs (employee wages and superannuation) and cost of goods sold (COGS) relative to sales turnover. Thes...

Modern day challenges for hospitality and tourism businesses

12 March 2019
The hospitality and tourism industry in Australia today is continuously changing, specifically with regards to the demographic profile of travellers and the technological advances of the modern world. With a fresh influx of millennial travellers and growth in their use of technology, the expectations of the customer and the delivery of services is ...

What to do about the summer holiday cash flow bell curve

11 December 2018
Any local business operator in the hospitality industry will be able to relate to the summer holiday period rush. When reviewing the month to month annual profit and loss results, they can usually be displayed graphically as a significant bell-type curve. There is usually no shortage of customers over the summer holiday period and this is almost al...

The essentials of cloud accounting

6 December 2018
Transitioning from a desktop product to a cloud accounting package is one of the best decisions you could make for your business this year. Single touch payroll is fast approaching all employers. If you haven’t made the switch already, now is the time to consider transitioning to a cloud accounting system.  Here’s what you need to k...

Caveat Emptor - Let the buyer beware

4 May 2017
Let the buyer beware - a simple and obvious statement but one which is particularly relevant to business people.  This period running up to the end of the financial year is a popular period for vendors to dispose of their business. If you are considering purchasing a business, it is worthwhile considering a few issues. Beware that t...

What is tax planning?

17 April 2015
Often accountants can be heard talking about and encouraging taxation planning to our clients. It is an oft used catchcry in the business world that ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’, this may well be an accurate statement, but how much taxation planning and strategy is acceptable before you raise the ire of the ATO?  There are effe...

Caveat emptor - let the buyer beware

17 April 2015
Let the buyer beware - a simple and obvious statement but one which is particularly relevant to business people.  This period running up to the end of the financial year is a popular period for vendors to dispose of their business. If you are considering purchasing a business, it is worthwhile considering a few issues. Beware that the ma...