Chartered Accountants in Canberra: How to find the best

RSM Australia 22 June 2018

When you’re searching for a chartered accountant in Canberra, how do you know who to choose? And what’s the real difference between an accountant and a chartered accountant?

Put simply, chartered accountants are considered the elite of the accounting profession.

To be able to call yourself a “chartered accountant”, you must be a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). To be eligible for membership to CA ANZ, you must first meet one of their recognised academic qualifications, then apply for and complete the CA ANZ Diploma of Chartered Accounting.

Once a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, you must also commit to a minimum level of ongoing study every year. This ensures that you stay on top of changing legislation, industry trends, and continue growing as a professional.

And because CA ANZ assumes their members are passionate about deepening their expertise, the organisation also facilitates special interest groups and networking opportunities, and provides access to advisory services, helplines and an extensive library. For clients of a chartered accountant, this usually means better service, more accurate advice and superior wealth strategies.

Choosing the right chartered accountant in Canberra

As you can see, becoming a chartered accountant is no small feat, and any accountant that wears the badge is likely to be very good at what they do.

Chartered accountants work in all fields of business and finance, including taxation, auditing, restructuring and recovery, business advisory, and more.

At RSM in Canberra, all of our partners are chartered accountants.

Frank Lo Pilato – Managing Partner of RSM in Canberra and head of Restructuring and Recovery, and Ged Stenhouse – head of Audit and Assurance, are both Fellows of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. This means that both have been members of CA ANZ for well over a decade, and have been independently recognised for their outstanding contributions to the accounting profession.

If you’re searching for a chartered accountant, take the time to properly evaluate their level of experience and credentials, and don’t be afraid to ask for case studies or testimonials that demonstrate their knowledge.

Your relationship with your accountant should be a long and fruitful one. Ideally, they should be a trusted advisor and strong ally in helping you minimise tax obligations, build wealth, and plan for your future. So be sure to choose someone you like, as well as someone you know has what it takes to help you achieve your goals as quickly and efficiently as possible.

To speak with one of RSM’s highly experienced and friendly chartered accountants, please call RSM on 6217 0300 or visit

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