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Simon Brown
Principal - Busselton


Simon is a Principal of the Business Advisory division in Busselton. Simon is a chartered accountant with a wide range of experience in providing advice on taxation and business matters. He 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.

Solutions Simon provides

As well as assisting clients with compliance matters Simon is able to analyse the financial performance of clients. He often finds that small to medium enterprise(SME’s) operators regularly lack the time and knowledge to plan for their business properly. Simon can provide the strategic advice necessary to improve a business operator’s structure and performance. As an acknowledged early adopter of cloud-based accounting, Simon is always looking for ways that technology can be used to provide better and more cost effective business solutions. 

Simon provides commercial advice and solutions in the following areas:

  • 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

Professional associations

  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Community associations

  • Finance director, Busselton Chamber of Commerce Inc.
  • Vasse Zone President, WA Farmers
  • Volunteer Firefighter, Acton Park Fire Brigade


  • 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

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

So you want to go into Business? - Bunbury, Busselton

22 March 2016, 5.30 - 7.30pm
Are you considering starting your own business? Would you like to know what’s involved and what you should know about starting a business? Are you new to business and want to know more? Do you know what assistance is available for you? Find out how the tax system works for all business types Find out what is the best...

Am I Making Money? - Understanding your PnL - Bunbury

Tuesday 20 March 2018, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
For anyone in business or looking to start, one question that is always posed is ‘Am I making money?’ You may seem like you’re busy, but not sure where the cash is going or you just can’t understand why you aren’t making anything, or sometimes how you can’t make more - understanding your profit and loss is an important skill in h...