The best management consulting firms in Canberra

Kirk Fonseca

Rubik3 Associate Partner Kirk Fonseca, one of Canberra’s most recommended management consulting firms. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

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.



Since first opening their doors in 2015, professional services consulting firm Rubik3, have experienced a stellar rise and are now positioned amongst category leaders of their field.

Founder and managing partner, Guy Earnshaw, led the charge with the aim of providing clients with sustainable business solutions that improve maturity, propelling them forward and delivering business growth.

Rubik3 offer a plethora of consulting services to both private and public sectors within the ACT, and nation-wide. The team have extensive domestic and international experience in all facets of business, including leadership, change management, and outcome-focussed delivery.

Rubik3 are a strategic powerhouse when it comes to evolving their client’s business operations. They are well adept at reviewing capability, resourcing, and services upon which recommended strategy is devised.

Moreover, the team utilises core levers including information and communications technology (ICT), financial management, and workforce planning, to create solutions that enhance business performance.

Ultimately Rubik3 strives to position each client for growth. They ensure the correct systems and process are implemented to foster sharper delivery on business outcomes. They develop strong people plans to lock in the right resourcing at the right time. And finally, they tighten and mature financial operations.

Such has been their success, that Rubik3 have been awarded some notable industry accolades. In 2020, Rubik3 rose to position 29 in The Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Accounting Firms. In 2019 they were named the Business Services Growth Company of the Year by the Australian Growth Company Awards. Prior to this they were named the 2018 it was awarded the title of Australia’s Number One Start Up.

For anyone looking to enhance the performance of their business, Rubik3 is an excellent choice.

6 Lonsdale Street
Braddon ACT 2612

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.

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.”

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.

Egor Tsurkov left a 5 star review on Google saying, “Strong RPA team, great consulting services” 

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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