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Award-winning business advisory based in Melbourne’s CBD

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An award-winning Australian accounting firm

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Innovative solutions from award-winning business accountants

Effective business accounting advice needs to cover more than just bookkeeping services and cash flow management. It needs an underlying strategy. For over 40 years, Liston Newton’s Melbourne business accountants have designed and implemented agile, growth-focused and data-backed accounting strategies for clients in and around the Melbourne CBD.

Our accounting firm is in the heart of the city, giving us a sensitive and immediate understanding of the local business environment. Chances are you’ve seen us past your storefront — we’d like to see you at ours. Step in for a coffee, and our business accounting team will show you how we’ve earned the trust of so many Melbourne businesses.

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(03) 9070 9959
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Monday to Friday

8am to 5pm

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Street parking on Queen St and Flinders Ln. Secure Parking at 367 Collins Street.

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Innovative solutions from award-winning business accountants

Effective business accounting advice needs to cover more than just bookkeeping services and cash flow management. It needs an underlying strategy. For over 40 years, Liston Newton’s Melbourne business accountants have designed and implemented agile, growth-focused and data-backed accounting strategies for clients in and around the Melbourne CBD.

Our accounting firm is in the heart of the city, giving us a sensitive and immediate understanding of the local business environment. Chances are you’ve seen us past your storefront — we’d like to see you at ours. Step in for a coffee, and our business accounting team will show you how we’ve earned the trust of so many Melbourne businesses.

Contact us

Call us on

(03) 9070 9959
Business hours

Monday to Friday

8am to 5pm

Parking

Street parking on Queen St and Flinders Ln. Secure Parking at 367 Collins Street.

Business accounting services available in Melbourne

We offer far more than just medium and small business accounting services. As a multiservice agency, we can optimise your business with everything from business tax advice to virtual CFO services.

When Liston Newton started with ReAqua, they hit the ground running, implementing changes to the business and the automation of the finance function. Their ability to take on feedback and adapt to the requests from key stakeholders has led to the business consistently improving monthly board meetings. We have found Liston Newton to be a great sounding board, and they are always available to brainstorm ideas or answer questions our business has.

Donald Fraser

CEO, Reaqua Solar Pumping

Liston Newton helped us move our accounting over to Xero. Their Accountant managed the set up and training so we felt comfortable with the software. We now have all our processes streamlined which gives us improved visibility of our business performance. This has allowed us to open 2 more stores without a significant increase in administration effort.
Peter Luskan
Pandora
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Redefine success with bespoke business accounting

We aren’t armchair experts — most of our team have personal experience starting, buying, growing and selling businesses. We understand the stress and anxiety of entrepreneurship, but we also understand the thrilling joy of success, too. The purpose of our business accounting is to give you, as a Melbourne business owner, reliable and thorough accountancy so that you can focus on what you do best.

Business accountant responsibilities

  • Financial statements
  • Taxation services
  • BAS returns
  • Bookkeeping
  • ASIC compliance
  • Analysis and advice

Meet the Melbourne team

Learn more about your business with our comprehensive guides

At Liston Newton Advisory, we take pride in helping business owners get more out of their hard work. Our downloadable guides can give you an in-depth look at strategies and technologies that will help your business grow.

  • Discover tax strategies and business structures available to you
  • Understand and apply new business management technology
  • Get in touch with us for information tailored to your business

Meet the Melbourne team

Expertise you can trust

Business accountants you can trust

We have the financial and technological expertise your business needs to remain agile, competitive and successful.

Australia’s most experienced and professional accountants — with industry leading qualifications and accreditations to show for it. Learn more from a specialised business accountant.

Why choose us

Data-backed insights. Actionable strategies. Proven success.

A business is as much a reflection of its owner as it is of the market it serves. You, your team and your aligned ambitions are what separates your business from your competitors. Using our client-tailored methodology, we have helped scores of Melbourne’s businesses step ahead of the pack.

We’ve been extraordinarily fortunate to have worked with ambitious start-ups and growing leaders in several local industries. From tech to media to construction to energy, each industry is an utterly unique environment. Melbourne-based clients looking to capture them have trusted our local award-winning business accountants to offer the right advice to do just that.

Time and again, our methods have proven successful by remaining comprehensible, actionable and adaptable. You can expect our help to:

  • Plan tax minimisation strategies
  • Transition technology platforms
  • Streamline accounting process optimisation
  • Review business strategy 

Scan through our case studies. They’ll give you a glimpse into what our partnership could look like.

Our methodology

How we can roadmap a successful future for your business

How we get you set

The first phase is all about establishing the fundamentals of your business and creating a strong foundation to build from. You also need to establish your long-term goals so you have a clear idea of what you're working towards.

  • Plan your goals
  • Structure your business and assets
  • Online accounting
  • People and HR
  • Protect your business and personal risk
  • Business and personal will

How we get you moving

The second phase is about gaining a deeper understanding of your business; how to make it more efficient and experience sustainable growth. This is where you transition from working in your business to working on your business.

  • Understand your numbers
  • Delegate bookkeeping
  • Systematise and automate tasks
  • Minimise tax
  • Forecast cashflow and capital needs
  • Quarterly coaching and accountability

How we get you free

The final phase is when all your hard work really starts to pay off. This is when you start using your profits to build your personal worth to a point that give you financial freedom—the freedom to work only if you want to.

  • Understand wealth creation
  • Investment portfolio
  • Investment property
  • Superannuation
  • Succession and exit planning
  • Your legacy

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A stalwart of the community

For many companies, community involvement can be reduced to business transactions: a cheque for a newspaper headline. Not with us. We’ve picked initiatives close to our hearts so that we can contribute not just our money but business acumen as well. We are proud members and sponsors of:

  • The Cancer Council’s Small Business Advisory Service
  • The Type 1 Foundation for diabetes education and prevention
  • Several community sports teams in Wantirna, Richmond and St Kilda

And that’s only a fraction of what we do to give back; each of our firms across Australia contributes to their communities in their own way.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Should I have an internal business accountant?

The answer depends on the size of your business. Business accountants can be expensive, so they’re usually only viable for larger enterprises.

Before hiring an internal business accountant, take the time to assess whether the tasks you require support for can be completed internally — you may need greater expertise than your internal accountant can offer.

For small businesses, it makes sense to partner with an external small business accountant in Melbourne. They can free up your team and ensure your numbers are accurate while helping you guide your business towards a successful future.

Would you provide business accounting for a small business owner?

Our experienced SME accountants in Melbourne have the knowledge and expertise to help businesses of all sizes. However, we specialise in helping small businesses like yours achieve their financial goals. We can help you manage your cash flow, prepare better budgets, stay on top of your invoices, and manage your tax obligations to keep the ATO off your back.

Will I lose control of my business accounting if it's outsourced?

We know this is a common concern among business owners. We understand why — you’re trusting your accounting to an external team, and you no longer have direct oversight.

But at Liston Newton Advisory, you’re still in control. We’re just managing the process for you. We provide regular meetings and discussions to ensure you’re across every element of your business accounting, so you can continue to feel in control while seeing tangible results.

How much does business accounting cost?

Think of business accounting as an investment rather than a cost.

The price can vary depending on what elements of business accounting your Melbourne business needs. It also changes depending on the complexity of your business, and whether your business accountant is working across one account or several interlinked enterprises.

Your Liston Newton Advisory small business accountant in Melbourne can discuss your needs and determine a price in your initial meeting.

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