The best management consulting firms in Canberra

Galia Cornish CEO of Synergy Group, one of Canberra’s most recommended management consulting firms. Photo: Supplied.

Whether you work for a private, public or not-for-profit organisation, you may need specialist skills and strategic advice to improve financial and operational health. This is when a qualified and experienced management consulting firm can help.

Professional management consultants work to save you time and money and give you ready access to specialised knowledge. They support organisations at all stages of development and are a rich source of expertise in technology, finance, project management, change management, business architecture, marketing, communications, human resources and other areas.

They can also strengthen your position in Canberra’s ever-changing business environment, positioning you to deal with rapid technology change, new competitors, changing policies, changing economic environments and more.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a management consulting firm, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great management consulting firm?

Choosing the right management consultant will help you fast track improvements in your organisation, including operational efficiencies and financial savings. It will also reduce the stress and worry out of what can be a complex operating environment.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a management consulting firm.

  • Education. You’ll want a properly qualified management consultant who has completed a bachelor (or higher) degree in commerce, business, accounting, finance, business administration or a related field. Check what education levels your management consultant has and if they’re certified and belong to a professional body.
  • Reputation. If you’re paying professional management consultancy fees, you’ll want real results. To get an idea of the reputation of a consultancy, ask if they have a good track record, how long they’ve been in business and if they can demonstrate successful completion of projects. Also check out online reviews.
  • Services and specialisation. Different management consulting firms offer different services, and some specialise in certain industries or needs. You’ll want to choose a consultancy that meets your needs.
  • Customised advice. You’ll want a management consultancy that tailors advice to your needs. Off-the-shelf plans are rarely helpful in kicking big goals. Review the management consultancy’s plan to determine if it’s clear, realistic and achievable.
  • Availability. It’s important to choose a management consulting firm that is available when you need them. Check what the firm’s commitment is so you don’t choose one that so busy with other clients you never hear from them.

The best management consulting firms in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Synergy Group

Synergy Group

Challengers at heart, Synergy Group employees are pragmatic explorers seeking to uncover what could be, so it can be. With a strong resolve to deliver success, the team prides itself on collaborating with clients to understand their true potential.

Synergy Group provides real impact and is involved with businesses irrespective of size and scale. The highly experienced individuals that make up the Synergy Group excel in small and large-scale transformation. Synergy Group provides an end-to-end, whole-of-life service, from strategic planning to change management, creative, digital technologies, financial management and resourcing.

Synergy Group has a knack for attracting the best talent. Its playful expression of creativity, passion, energy and curiosity inspires the confidence to consistently deliver results.

The team at Synergy Group delivers professional services and solutions, but aims to develop lasting relationships with clients. They see themselves as partners in the never-ending journey of identifying and solving Australia’s most complex challenges.

Ground Floor, 15 National Circuit
Barton ACT 2600


Professional services consulting firm Rubik3, launched in 2014. This high-performing company employs more than 100 staff and delivers services to public and private sector organisation, including management consultancy, financial management, project management and ICT sustainability. Rubik3 assists clients in improving their organisational maturity through strategic business solutions.

Rubik3 uses three business levers to assist clients to evolve their business operations – ICT solutions, workforce planning and financial advisory and management. Clients are provided with implementable solutions that enhance their organisational maturity and performance. Rubik3 has a strong focus on ICT, specialising in change management.

The firm’s capability consulting business focuses on ensuring that clients have the right systems and processes in place to deliver time sensitive business outcomes. The goal of Rubik3’s strategic resourcing business is to ensure that clients have the right resource at the right time. With business services, Rubik3 assists organisations in implementing strategies to increase the maturity of their finance function.

Rubik3 was named Australia’s number one start-up for 2018 and the second-fastest growing firm in 2019. It ranked 13th on the Australian Financial Review’s 2018 Fast Starters list, and moved from 56th in its 2018 Top 100 Accounting Firms list up to 35th in the 2019 Top 100 Accounting Firms list.

6 Lonsdale Street
Braddon ACT 2612

Callida Consulting

Callida Consulting specialises in management consulting to the public sector. The firm’s consultants have the depth and breadth of public sector experience to find innovative and effective solutions. Services include auditing, fraud control, risk management, process automation to increase efficiency and reduce costs, accounting, technology, project management and strategic sourcing.

Rachel Prior wrote on Google, “Brilliant exchange in professional advice. The office had a very gentle mustard and grey which is highly appealing in the hard-core coder industry.”

Tanner James Management Consultants

Tanner James is a management consultancy specialising in providing portfolio, programme and project management training and consultancy services. The firm’s business model is to work alongside organisation to understand their objectives and problems and deliver solutions that add value. A key focus is on transferring skills to enhance program and project management capability.

If you’re looking for more information on how to improve your organisation, you might like our articles on the best managed information technology support services, best financial planners, best tax accountants, and the best business advisors Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with management consulting firms in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the management consulting firms listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do management consultants do?
Management consultants perform many duties. Essentially, they’re trained to work with organisations in all sectors to improve performance. They provide strategic advice to improve the financial and operational health of organisations. They may also help organisations to develop specialist skills they may be lacking.
How much do management consultants charge?
Fees very much depend on what your organisation needs, the level of complexity involved and the time required. It’s best to meet with your management consultant for an in-depth discussion on your needs and ask for a written quote and details on how and when they want to be paid.
Do management consultants have to hold formal qualifications?
You’ll want a management consultant who has a bachelor's (or higher) degree in a business-related field such as commerce, business, accounting, finance or business administration. Check what education levels your management consultant has and if they’re certified and belong to a professional body.
Is it worth the investment to engage a management consultant?
Management consultants regularly save organisations time, money and stress. Good ones will help make your business more efficient and effective. Whether to invest is a value-for-money question. Find out how much it will cost for a management consultant to support your organisation and compare their fees and charges with the value of the results they promise to deliver.
What type of management consultancy do I need?
This depends on your issues and needs. It’s important to remember that not all management consulting firms specialise in the same industries, areas or problems, so check if your consultant is a good match for what you require.

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