CEDA member profile: KPMG


Gary Smith, Chairman of Partners WA,   KPMG

What does KPMG do?

KPMG Australia provides audit, tax and advisory services to local and global organisations, across private, listed and public sectors, by contributing our thinking and expertise to addressing key issues and delivering successful business outcomes for clients. We leverage the depth and breadth of specialist skills from over 5300 people operating out of 13 offices nationally.

What is your role with KPMG?

As the Chairman of Partners in Western Australia, I represent KPMG in dealings with State Government, WA business and other West Australian stakeholders. I am also responsible for the day-to-day running of the Perth office, developing our relationships and business opportunities, and ensuring KPMG in Perth is market-facing, competitive and responsive to economic conditions.

How long has KPMG been a CEDA member?

KPMG's New South Wales office was the first office to join CEDA in October 1977, and our WA office followed soon after in September 1978. By 1985, all KPMG offices in the six states were CEDA members.

What are KPMG's top priorities for the coming year?

Both globally and in Australia, KPMG firms are focused on delivering solutions for clients in our key growth areas of energy and natural resources, health, government and infrastructure and financial services; as well as opportunities associated with Asia and international investment, including tax globalisation. We've also been highly active in delivering innovative new services and expertise to our clients and this will continue to be a strategic focus for us in the coming year. The recognition given by the BRW Client Choice Awards as the 2012 Best Western Australian Firm is testament to the quality of our services and commitment to our clients.

How does CEDA assist KPMG to achieve its agenda?

KPMG aspires to positively contribute to Australia's future prosperity. We seek to achieve this by contributing our thinking and expertise to addressing key issues on both government and business agendas such as the rise of Asia, energy poverty, food poverty, tax reform, resource optimisation and more. CEDA provides us with invaluable access to information that helps provide insights into Australia's biggest business and economic challenges.

What types of CEDA activities matter most to you and your company?

We are always open to activities that are mutually beneficial to KPMG and our clients, in particular, events that provide us with opportunities to share ideas and network. Our WA practice is strongly focused on the economic cycles impacting the positions we take in the global resources supply chain - as a CEDA member, we both learn about and contribute to these debates.