Our mission is to establish a culture of retaining and attracting exceptional people in order to provide exceptional services.

Our vision is to be one of Australia’s most reputable professional services firms, providing innovative solutions and creating superior value for our people and our clients.

About

Established in 2001, FSA is a professional services firm providing tax, audit and advisory services to some of Australia’s leading privately owned businesses, publicly listed companies, not-for-profit organisations and high net worth individuals.

Our service offering includes advice and solutions traditionally provided by top tier professional services firms, at exceptional value. It includes corporate tax, international tax, estate and business succession planning, research and development, business valuations, due diligence reviews, audit and assurance services and structuring commercial transactions.

As a testament to our quality, FSA continues to be engaged by a number of accounting, finance and legal practices across Australia to act as special tax counsel.

In essence, we are defined by our people and the clients that we represent.

Our clients include prominent privately owned businesses, publicly listed companies, high growth companies, innovative start-ups, reputable not-for-profit organisations and foreign multinationals investing in Australia.

FSA continues to expand and attract exceptional people due in no small part to our values:

Honesty and Integrity
We present our service offering, fees and capabilities in an ethical and honest manner.

Care and Commitment
We care for our people and our clients.

We do not limit opportunities for personal growth and development for our people.

We commit wholeheartedly to our clients and take pride in their success and make ourselves available when required.

Knowledge and Strategic Thinking
We achieve exceptional results for our clients by retaining and attracting exceptional people who are at the forefront of the latest changes, strategies and developments in the accounting field.

Diversity
It is fundamental to our success that we accept, value and incorporate people from a wide variety of backgrounds, expertise and experience, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or gender.

 

At FSA, we have earned a reputation for providing outstanding taxation and accounting services.

Not only do we focus on your year end accounting and taxation compliance needs, but also on engaging with you as your trusted business advisor, ensuring that every key business decision is structured in the most tax effective and commercial manner.

We are able to achieve this through our extensive experience in the industry, strong commitment to professional development and ensuring we have a complementary two partner review on all major assignments.

The core fundamentals of any tax strategy and structuring advice is ensuring the business structure provides asset protection, tax efficiency and is commercially viable.

Our team has earned a reputation for being able to provide bespoke solutions, irrespective of the stage of the business lifecycle, which assists our clients in achieving their personal, financial and business goals.

The Australian tax system is in a continuing state of reform which in recent years has escalated. Such reform often creates a degree of uncertainty when applying the law.

We are able to guide you through the detail and complexity of the law by taking difficult concepts and explaining matters in simple terms, which allows you to make sound decisions.

Our expertise includes assisting you with ATO audits and dispute resolution, Capital Gains Tax, Division 7A, Income Tax, mergers and acquisitions, preparation of private and class rulings, preparation of reasonably arguable position papers, review of deductibility of prior year tax losses, tax consolidation, designing effective employee share schemes and providing advice in relation to share buybacks.

In an age of globalisation, businesses are more often required to keep abreast of the foreign tax landscape. We assist by advising Australian businesses how to effectively establish offshore structures and how foreign businesses should set up operations in Australia.

We also offer inbound investor services including assisting foreign businesses enter the Australian market by establishing the preferred structure, acting as a resident director and liaising with our partners in migration and banking.

In addition, our team has extensive experience in advising on the operation of the Controlled Foreign Corporations (CFC) rules, Double Tax Agreements, foreign hybrid rules, inbound and outbound investments, participation exemptions, thin capitalisation, transfer pricing and withholding taxes.

Many businesses do not have the necessary resources to identify eligible R&D activities and file a completed claim.

At FSA, we can complete the process from document preparation through to submission. We have extensive tax technical expertise to provide tailored assistance to suit client needs. This helps to maximise the benefit arising under the R&D tax incentive program whilst mitigating the risks associated with non-compliance.

Unlike most other professional firms, we offer a fixed fee for our service rather than a fee based on the percentage of the benefit received. This approach generally results in significant savings for our clients.

Superannuation should form a key part of your overall wealth creation strategy as it provides a means to efficiently manage your investments over your lifetime.

Superannuation should also complement your personal, business and tax efficiency objectives.

Obtaining the right superannuation advice can ensure you fully utilise the amount of tax free pension payments you draw and our estate planning strategies can effectively maximize wealth across multiple generations.

We can also assist with establishing a Self Managed Superannuation Fund, design effective tax strategies, and attend to the annual compliance including; preparation of financial statements, member reports, annual returns, associated minutes and liaison with the Australian Taxation Office.

At FSA, audit services are offered by a team of qualified auditors who have the knowledge and experience required to ensure that financial statements meet relevant regulatory requirements and statutory obligations of stakeholders.

The audit division uses an industry standard audit tool which has been approved by world class professional organisations and is tailored to your specific needs. Our objective is to take a planned and proactive approach to all audits resulting in an efficient process and outcome.

In designing our audit procedures we take an approach that considers the overall risks facing a business including; internal controls, fraud, inherent and general business risks.

As part of the audit process we communicate to you any improvements to ensure continued benefit to the business.

As part of our capabilities at FSA, we assist our clients with non-statutory audits and reviews including; outgoings audits under the Retail Shop Leases Act, turnover audits for lessors and lessees, completion audits, grant audits and agreed-upon procedures engagements.

Through our experience in ASIC financial services licenses, APRA prudential requirements and trust account audits for real estate agents and solicitors, we are able to assist organisations manage their regulatory risk.

At FSA we are able to offer our services across different categories of risk exposure and internal controls. We aim to assist our clients in managing their risks and in seeking improvements.

We offer quality assurance reviews, risk assessments and controls optimisation.

Our due diligence assists with building financial and commercial confidence for major business decisions. We assess all risks and opportunities of potential transactions through a process of enquiry, analysis and interpretation. Our services range from limited-scope reviews looking at historical financial information to full-scale financial and taxation due diligences.

Through strategy design and implementation we assist our clients to develop a plan to achieve their long term goals by providing a wide range of services including exit strategy and succession planning; implementation and monitoring; market expansion; and strategy development and determination.

Many business owners often fail to realise that their business has outgrown its current structure until it is too late. At this point, restructuring may lead to prohibitive tax and commercial costs.

At FSA, we review our clients’ business structures frequently and ensure these structures are providing them with the optimal asset protection and tax benefits.

All business decisions affect value. You may be considering acquiring or disposing of a business, transferring intellectual property, insuring your assets, engaged in a value dispute or considering the value impact of a new project or strategy.

We are able to measure, evaluate and advise you in order to establish the true value of your business, capital expenditure, acquisitions and investments.

Estate planning is not limited to making a will. Rather, estate planning is the process of arranging for your assets to be dealt with in accordance with your wishes whilst minimising the tax impost.

Our team has extensive experience in designing bespoke estate plans that are tailored to your wishes. Our estate plans also ensure there is tax efficiency and asset protection available to the beneficiaries of the estate.

In broad terms, business succession planning is a must for any business owned by two or more parties. In the absence of a business succession plan, the death of a business owner can create undue stress for the surviving business owner(s) and the outgoing owner’s estate.

Our team of experts has earned a reputation for being able to design bespoke business succession plans having regard for the wishes of all parties.

 

Our Team

Faisal Ali

Managing Partner

Mark du Plessis

Partner – Audit & Assurance

Shintaro Awata

Partner – Tax & Advisory

Melissa Firns

Chief Operating Officer

Hannah Gebauers

Client Services Manager

Bruce Shar

Partner – Cyber Security

Tim Park

Partner – Cyber Security

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Contact Us

    Telephone: 1300 372 786

    Email: info@fsa.com.au

    Business Address: Coronation Drive Office Park (CDOP)
    Building 3, Ground Floor, 139 Coronation Drive
    Milton QLD 4064, AUSTRALIA
    (Entry via Little Cribb St)

    Postal Address: PO Box 1128, Milton QLD 4064, AUSTRALIA

    Faisal S Ali

    Managing Partner

    As FSA’s Managing Partner, Faisal leads the team across the corporate tax, advisory and compliance divisions of the business.

    His focus is on ensuring the firm adheres to its strategic vision of being one of Australia’s most reputable professional services firms, establishing a culture of retaining and attracting exceptional people in order to provide exceptional services. His role also extends to the privileged position of being a trusted advisor for the firm’s larger client groups.

    His professional experience extends to providing taxation, business strategies and solutions to some of Australia’s leading privately owned businesses, large family businesses, listed companies, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals.

    Clients are able to benefit from Faisal’s extensive experience as a business owner, taxation practitioner and adviser to quality businesses.

    Services 

    • Business acquisition and structuring advice
    • Accounting and taxation due diligences, valuations
    • Corporate taxation advice & strategies
    • Business succession planning
    • Estate planning
    • Asset protection strategies
    • QBCC advice & strategies
    • Employee equity & incentive schemes

    Sectors

    • Construction
    • Property development
    • Wholesale
    • Manufacturing
    • Information Technology
    • Gaming & Visual Effects
    • Health & Medical
    • Start-ups
    • Professional services & finance
    • Foundations, Clubs & Associations
    • Artists and sportspersons

    Qualifications & Memberships

    • Bachelor of Business (Professional Accounting) – graduated with Distinction at Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Master of Taxation (in progress) – University of New South Wales (UNSW)
    • Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA)
    • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ)
    • Full Technical Member – Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
    • Registered Tax Agent
    • Registered SMSF Auditor
    • Public Practice Certificate (ICAA)
    • Public Practice Certificate (CPA Australia)

    Mark du Plessis

    Partner – Audit and Assurance Services

    Mark is a Partner in the Audit Division of FSA. Mark has over 20 years’ professional experience including auditing, banking and corporate finance in his roles with local and international accounting and financial services companies.

    He has extensive experience in the audit of clients from a wide range of industries. As an experienced auditor, Mark works with clients to support their ongoing regulatory and financial reporting requirements. Marks experience extends to the audit of listed public companies, large private companies, family owned businesses, not-for-profit organisations, real estate and solicitor’s trust accounts, agreed upon procedures, special investigations and due diligence. As a specialist in audit and assurance, his role includes forming opinions on the truth and fairness of financial reports. He is also experienced in the interpretation of accounting standards and advising practical solutions to ensure compliance with financial reporting requirements.

    Mark is also a corporate finance specialist who has worked with a wide range of clients across multiple industries. Mark works collaboratively with clients to provide them with innovative and practical solutions, allowing them to achieve their objectives.

    Services

    • External audit
    • Financial accounting & reporting
    • Compliance reviews
    • Investigating accountant’s reports
    • Valuations
      • Businesses
      • Intangible assets, including intellectual property
      • Complex financial instruments
      • Share based payments
      • Purchase price allocations
      • Impairment testing
    • Financial modelling
    • Financial due diligence for forecasts
    • Transaction management

    Sectors 

    • Property & Construction
    • Gaming Applications
    • Intellectual property
    • Manufacturing
    • Food & hospitality
    • Financial services
    • Listed companies

    Qualifications & Memberships

    • Bachelor of Accounting Science – University of South Africa
    • Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting – Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand
    • Master of Applied Finance
    • Registered Company Auditor
    • Registered SMSF Auditor
    • Public Practice Certificate (ICAA)

    Shintaro Awata

    Partner – Tax & Advisory

    Shintaro is a Partner in the Tax and Advisory Division of FSA. Shintaro has over 15 years’ professional experience including a number of years in the tax and advisory division of a big four accounting firm. 

    He has extensive experience in providing tax advisory and compliance services to large privately owned businesses, not-for-profit organisations and publicly listed companies including international listed companies.

    Services

    • Business Structuring & Tax Consolidation
    • Tax Due Diligence
    • Business Acquisition
    • International Tax
    • Small Business Capital Gains Tax Concessions
    • Self-Managed Superannuation Fund
    • Estate and Business Succession Planning

    Sectors

    • Construction
    • Manufacturing
    • Information Technology
    • Visual Effects
    • Health & Medical
    • Wholesale
    • Property Development
    • Food & Hospitality
    • Charities & Foundations

    Qualifications & Memberships

    • Bachelor of Commerce
    • Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting
    • Chartered Accountant
    • Registered Tax Agent
    • Certificate of Public Practice

    Melissa Firns

    Chief Operating Officer

    As the Chief Operating Officer at FSA, Melissa is instrumental in overseeing the day-to-day operations and ensuring the smooth functioning of our esteemed accounting firm. With a wealth of experience in practice management and a passion for operational excellence, she plays a pivotal role in driving efficiency and delivering exceptional service to our clients.

    Melissa brings over 15 years of experience in the accounting industry, with a focus on optimising processes, fostering teamwork, and enhancing client satisfaction. She has a proven track record of implementing strategic initiatives that improve productivity and profitability while maintaining the highest standards of quality.

    With a keen eye for detail and commitment to excellence, Melissa oversees the delivery of our services to clients, ensuring that their needs are met with the utmost professionalism and care. She strives to cultivate a culture of continuous improvement and innovation, empowering our team to stay ahead of industry trends and deliver cutting-edge solutions to our clients.

    Hannah Gebauers

    Client Services Manager

    As the Client Services manager at FSA, Hannah is dedicated to ensuring unparalleled satisfaction and support for our valued clients. With a strong background in client relations, she plays a vital role in delivering exceptional service and building long-lasting partnerships.

    In her role, Hannah serves as the primary point of contact for our clients, offering expert guidance, resolving inquiries, and ensuring a seamless experience throughout the engagement process. She is committed to understanding each client’s objectives and delivering proactive support to help them achieve success.

    With a passion for excellence and commitment to service, Hannah works closely with our team of professionals to deliver comprehensive solutions that address our client’s financial challenges and opportunities.

     

    Bruce Shar

    Partner – Cyber Security

    Bruce Shar brings over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology industry.

    Significant roles in management, medical imaging, engineering, cyber security, and leadership have marked his journey through the IT landscape. This background has equipped Bruce with unique skills and insights, enabling him to excel in information security.

    His diverse experience across different organisations has deepened his technical expertise and made him a well-rounded professional in the ever-evolving IT and cybersecurity field.

    Qualifications & Professional Memberships

    • PhD in Health and Engineering, University of Southern Queensland
    • Master of E-Healthcare, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus
    • Bachelor of Information Technology, Griffith University, Nathan Campus
    • Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ), Professional Engineers Australia

    Tim Park

    Partner – Cyber Security

    Tim has a passion for cyber security and staying up-to-date on the latest threats and technologies.
    Tim has extensive knowledge and experience in protecting computer systems and networks from unauthorised access, theft, damage, or disruption.
    Tim is able to adapt to changing environments and quickly respond to new threats and has a desire in helping improve the cyber security for your business.

    Expertise Summary

    • 17+ years of experience in the field of IT, cyber security, working in roles such as network security analyst, information security manager, and cyber security consultant.
    • Experience in conducting security assessments and vulnerability testing.
    • Experience in developing security policies and procedures and training employees on security best practices.
    • Network Security
    • Application Security
    • Cloud Security

    Qualifications & Professional Memberships

    • Bachelor of Engineering in Microelectronic Engineering Major in Computer Systems, Griffith University