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Highlights from XeroCon South 2017

This year Melbourne played host to XeroCon South, the world’s most beautiful and innovative conference for cloud accounting leaders in Australia, NZ and Asia.  DFK Hirn Newey partners Paul Fiumara and Gavin Johns, and managers Mitchell Brooks and Jessica Jakeman, along with over 3,000 other delegates, attended the event.

XeroCon was a great opportunity to further explore the ever-expanding Xero ecosystem.  Meeting face to face with a multitude of Xero add-on app vendors allowed our team to learn more about how these products can add value and efficiencies for our clients.  Congratulations must go to Practice Ignition for taking out the award for “Industry Specific App Partner of the Year”.  DFK Hirn Newey are proud to support Practice Ignition, whom we utilise to generate and send out our engagement letters to our clients.

The conference provided a wide range of industry-related workshops and speakers included writer, actor and side-splitting comedian Magda Szubanski, who spoke on her autobiography ‘Reckoning’.  In the words of Peter Craven, in his review published in the Australian, ”Reckoning is an extraordinary hymn to the tragic heroism at the heart of ordinary life and the soaring moral scrutiny of womankind. Every library should have it; every school should teach it.”

While at the conference, our team met up with colleagues from all our DFK sister firms across Australia and New Zealand.  Paul and Gavin also caught up with Ron Lesh and Daniel Tramontana from BGL and Xero founder and CEO, Rod Drury.

DFK Hirn Newey look forward to continuing our valued relationship with Xero as a Platinum Partner and are excited to share with our clients the many benefits of Xero and its add-ons.

2017 DFK Australia New Zealand Conference – Hamilton Island

In May 2017 DFK Hirn Newey Partners, Paul Haupt, Paul Fiumara and Gavin Johns, attended the DFK Australia New Zealand Practice Management Course on Hamilton Island.  At the annual conference, Paul Haupt was awarded the 2017 DFK ANZ Chairman’s Award, for his assistance to the Chairman for services to DFK ANZ, particularly the work he did on the practice management conference.  Well done Paul!

As a proud support of Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia, DFK ANZ also presented Ronald McDonald House North Queensland with a $10,000 donation.  We at DFK Hirn Newey are proud to support RMHC and help houses around Australia and New Zealand continue their great work!

Celebrating 40 Years of DFK Hirn Newey!

In 2016 DFK Hirn Newey reached the momentous achievement of 40 years of successful business in the accounting industry!  Established in 1976, we are now one of the largest accounting firms on the north side of Brisbane and a prominent and well-respected business in Brisbane and the Nundah community.  The firm recently celebrated this milestone by inviting former staff and partners to a special function.   A great night was had, where former partners were able to meet together to celebrate the success of the firm over the past 40 years.  The partners acknowledged the significant contribution that our staff have made in the success of the business and of course the valuable support and custom of our clients and referrers without who our firm would not be the success that it is today.  The partners and staff of DFK Hirn Newey look forward to being of continuing service to our community for many years to come.

(L to R): Les Hirn, Michael Rogers, Peter Kearney, Paul Fiumara, Paul Haupt, Rob Schoenmaker & Gavin Johns

(L to R): Les Hirn, Michael Rogers, Peter Kearney, Paul Fiumara, Paul Haupt, Rob Schoenmaker & Gavin Johns

Lord Mayor of Brisbane – Graham Quirk Officially Welcome The BKO Group to the Hirn Newey Building

On 11 October 2016 DFK Hirn Newey had the honour of welcoming Lord Mayor of Brisbane – Graham Quirk and Councillor Adam Allan, back to the Hirn Newey Building, to ofP1030365ficially welcome The BKO Group to the Nundah Business Community!  After touring the office, the Lord Mayor expressed his appreciation of the thought that had gone into the design of the Hirn Newey Building, which acknowledges the rich heritage of Nundah, blending in with the historic Toombul Shire Hall next door.

DFK Hirn Newey and BKO staff enjoyed talking with the Lord Mayor and Cr Allan over morning tea and would like to thank them for taking the time to meet with us. Special thanks also to Architect Michael Fiumara and Builder David Battistin (also in attendance), who designed and constructed the new BKO offices in our building.

 The Highlights of XeroCon South 2016

Brisbane played host to XerCon South early September 2016, the world’s most beautiful and innovative conference for cloud accounting leaders in Australia, NZ and Aisa.  DFK Hirn Newey partners Paul Fiumara and GavinDFKTeam Johns, and managers Mitchell Brooks and Jessica Jakeman, along with 2,000 other delegates, attended the event that opened each day with a DJ, had a playground to enjoy and worldwide speakers who shared their invaluable knowledge.  With over 80 exhibitors, XeroCon was a great opportunity to further explore the ever-expanding Xero ecosystem.  Meeting face to face with a multitude of Xero add-on app vendors allowed our team to learn more about how these products can add value and efficiencies for our clients.

Gavin Johns, Dandapani, Paul Fiumara

Gavin Johns, Dandapani, Paul Fiumara

The conference also provided a wide range of industry-related workshops and speakers including Dandapani, a former Buddhist monk and entrepreneur, who offered valuable insights into focus and conscious accounting and Rachael Robertson, speaker, author and Antarctic expedition leader – not to mention the various key Xero personnel who presented updates on the future of Xero and cloud accounting.  While at the conference, our team met up with colleagues from DFK Gray Perry, DFK Everalls and DFK Laurence Varnay who travelled from Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney to attend.  Paul and Gavin also caught up with Xero founder and CEO, Rod Drury and Xero Key Accounts Manager, Gavin Fernandes.

DFK Hirn Newey look forward to continuing our valued relationship with Xero as a Gold Partner and are excited to share with our clients the many benefits of Xero and its add-ons.

DFK International Wins IAB Association of the Year Award 2015

DFK Hirn Newey would like to congratulate DFK International on being named Association of the Year at the International Accounting Bulletin Industry Forum and Awards 2015.  To win this category, DFK International had to demonstrate the execution of profitable growth strategies, be recognised by the industry a a reputable brand that consistently delivers high-quality professional services and excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas over the past 12 months.

In announcing the winners, the International Accounting Bulletin said:  “DFK International is the second fastest growing organisation in the top 10 global associations in financial year 2014.  It has expanded its presence beyond its traditional footholds of Europe and North America an added members in all regions.”  The awards ceremony is aimed at UK, European and global accounting firm leaders and brings together some of the most prominent figures in the industry.  Our firm has been affiliated with DFK since 1991, and we once again congratulate DFK International on this well earned award.

DFK Bake-Off for Ronald McDonald House Queensland

On Tuesday 15th SepteRMHCbakeoffmber, 2015 a number of DFK Hirn Newey staff had the pleasure of visiting the Ronald McDonald House South-East Queensland to bake some delicious treats for the guests. Each Ronald McDonald House relies on a large team of volunteers to assist with a range of activities. Our team of volunteer bakers made all sorts of treats, from slices to cookies and muffins, that were left available for the guests to enjoy. The team had a great time and were more than happy to lend their time to a very deserving charity.

If you would like to volunteer your time or make a donation please visit

DFK Hirn Newey Staff Attend Ronald McDonald Charity Gala Ball

On 1st August 2015 the Partners, and particular staff laced up their boots and glammed up for the Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland (SEQ) ‘Red Boot Hoot’ Charity Ball. There were Ekka rides and games, along with a delicious 3 course meal and a live band that had them shaking their booties.

The night was filled with many raffle prizes and auctions with all proceeds going to towards the DFK chosen charity Ronald McDonald House SEQ. Some of the staff took up the auction, and came away with great memorabilia including a Layne Beachley signed autobiography, voucher for a night away in Brisbane CBD, and much more.

The firm also placed a donation on the night and secured the firm another ‘Boot’ for the office collection. A great night was had by all! If you would like to make a donation you can visit:

RMHC ball

DFK Hirn Newey Wins Member Firm of the Year 2015

DFK Hirn Newey was recently awarded the DFK Australia New Zealand (DFK ANZ) Firm of the Year Award 2015. The award was presented to the Partners of the firm (Paul Haupt, Paul Fiumara and Gavin Johns) by DFK International President, Dimitriz Dimitriou who had flown from Cyprus to attend the Annual DFK ANZ Conference held in Byron Bay.

Not only did our firm win “Member Firm of the Year”, but Partner Gavin Johns was also awarded the Chairman’s Award 2015, for his commitment and contributions as a member of the DFK ANZ Board. The Partners and Staff of DFK Hirn Newey were extremely proud to have been presented with these awards and look forward to many more successes in the future.


Paul and Louise Fiumara meet Li Cunxin – Mao’s Last Dancer

DFK Hirn Newey partner Paul Fiumara and his wife Louise, recently had the pleasure of attending the Italian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Qld Networking Lunch, where they met Li Cunxin. Li Cunxin is famously known for his international best-selling autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer and has had a diverse career as an internationally acclaimed dancer. He was awarded Queensland’s Australian of the Year 2014. Paul and Louise enjoyed his inspiring speech and look forward to the next ICCI Networking Lunch.

DFK Dunkers finish runners up in ICAA Netball Competition


Congratulations to the DFK Dunkers on finishing runners up in the QLD ICAA Netball Carnival on Sunday, 20 October 2013. After finishing second in their pool on 4 wins, and 1 draw the DFK Dunkers played a great game against Hanrick Curran to make it to the championship match!

They met Crowe Howarth in the final, playing a nailbiting close game and going down by only 3 goals.

A great game played by all!

DFK Partner stars in television program

“No More Practice” is a program showing on Channel 74 at the moment which follows real case studies of advisors and accountants going through growth and sale scenarios. In the current series, Terry Slattery, who is a Partner at DFK Laurence Varnay in Sydney stars as one of the experts providing advice to a firm of financial planners who are looking at valuing their business.

Click on the links below to watch the full episodes.

“No More Practice” Episode 3
“No More Practice” Episode 4

DFK Farewells Natalie Cook on her bid for Olympic Gold


Paul Fiumara, Director of DFK Hirn Newey, recently attended a farewell dinner for dual olympian Natalie Cook as she sets off on her quest for another gold medal at the London 2012 Olypmics. This will be Natalie’s 5th Olympics and we wish her all the very best.

The Dinner was held on the 5th of July at Vagelis Restaurant in Ascot and was a very enjoyable evening as you can see by the smiles on the faces of Paul and his wife Louise!

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

In order to raise money for the Australia Cancer Council cancer research, we participated in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea recently. Staff members brought in a feast of home baked treats, their finest crockery, best linens and not to mention their wallets! Our staff donated a whopping $415.00 which the firms partners very generously matched bringing the total amount raised to $830.00!

Paul Fiumara meets Olympic Stars


Paul Fiumara, Director of DFK Hirn Newey, recently attended a fund raising event for Natalie Cook and Tamsin Barnett to assist them in their journey to the 2012 London Olympics.

This will be Natalie’s 5th Olympics which is an amazing achievment by any standard! We are very proud to be associated with Natalie and her quest for gold in London.

Paul also met some other familier faces while at the event, “Madame Butterfly” Susie O’Neill and 3 time Olympic gold medalist rower James Tomkins.

BRW: DFK is one of the fastest growing firms in Australia

DFK is one of the fastest growing accounting firms in Australia with an increase of 24.4 per cent according to BRW. DFK provides big firm expertise, without the cost that usually follows it, together with strong local business knowledge.

The increase of 24.4 per cent brings DFK to number eight on BRW’s list of fastest growing firms by revenue. “I’m not surprised to see us there. We’ve had a good organic growth together with acquisitions”, says Robert Shelton, spokesperson within DFK.

Business services advisory was up 33 per cent and generated close to $5 million in revenue. Audit increased by 30 percent to $10 million. Over the year Advisory has been a very attractive area since many companies have been seeking advice on how to cut costs. Businesses are now more conservative and cautious about ensuring how to get value for money.

“The DFK group is well positioned to look after business clients, whether they’re growing or cutting costs, using our big firm business expertise coupled with our strong local knowledge”, says Robert Shelton. “The DFK group also has national and international connections which brings a valuable wider perspective in our advice to our clients.”

2012 is an exciting year for DFK; celebrating 50 years with gala activities in Paris, increasing its sponsorship and building its relationship with Ronald MacDonald House Charities through different activities, launching a platform for free business advice for SME online as well as educational webinars.

“We know that time is one of our client’s most valued assets and wherever and however we can assist, we will”, says Robert Shelton.

Paul Fiumara meets Dr. Harry Cooper

Dr Harry Cooper

Paul Fiumara, director of DFK Hirn Newey, attended iPac’s Lifestyle Briefing seminar and had the opportunity to meet Dr. Harry Cooper.

The seminar was held at St Lucia on 14th November, 2011.

DFK Dunkers at the ICAA QLD Mixed Netball Carnival

Congratulations to the DFK Dunkers on their great performance at the recent ICAA mixed netball tournament. The Dunkers finished the pool matches with two wins agianst PWC and KPMG, one draw against BDO and one loss against Grant Thornton.

With that win-loss record, the team finished second in the pool and made it to the quarter finals, but unfortunately that’s where the day finished with a gallant defeat to Grant Thornton’s other team. Next year will be our year! For those playing along at home the winners on the day were from UHY Haines Norton “The Haines Train”.

DFK’s Northside Ninja’s battle it out at the ICAA Touch Football Comp


The 2011 ICAA mixed touch football tournament was held on Sunday, 21st August, 2011 and DFK Hirn Newey took part in competing for the title. It was a day of rain, wind and mud with just a burst of sunshine as the tournament drew to a close, setting the stage for a dramatic fight for winning glory.

The team performed valiantly, braving the elements through five games and coming up with a spectacular try to take out game against Carthills.

Thank you to all of the team members who took part, despite the inclement weather! We look forward to competing again next year!

DFK Hirn Newey partner presents IT paper at the DFK International Conference

Following the success of his presentation and the 2011 DFK Australia New Zealand conference in May, Paul Fiumara was asked to present his paper at the 2011 DFK International Conference in Chicago.

Paul’s topic was “Utilising current technologies for best business practice”, covering such issues as cloud computing and mobile technologies.

The session was well attended and well received, given the recent high exposure of cloud computing in the media.

Paul has also recently been asked to join the DFK International Information Technology committee, which is tasked with advising members on best practice in IT matters.

Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland Corporate Luncheon

Paul Fiumara attended the ICCI (Qld) corporate luncheon with The Honourable Peater Beattie presenting on the topic “Is Queensland still the Smart State?”

Paul (far right) is pictured here with Dean Merlo, Mary Merlo, and Lora Calvisi of Merlo Coffee.

DFK Dashers impress at ICAA Touch Football Comp

After two cancellations, the 2010 ICAA mixed touch football tournament went ahead on Sunday, 21 November, 2010 and DFK Hirn Newey took part in competing for the title. There were 16 teams and the DFK Hirn Newey team was call the DFK Dashers.

The team’s performance was oustanding with 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss out of our 7 group matches. We finished top of our group and went through to the quarter finals, where we met some tough competition, narrowly losing 4 – 2.

Thanks to everyone who took part and to those that pushed for positions during our training runs. We look forward to another successful campaign next year!

DFK Hirn Newey named Asia-Pacific Firm of the Year

DFKAP Firm Of The Year 2010

We are very proud to announce DFK Hirn Newey has been named the DFK International Asia-Pacific Regional Firm of the Year at the 2010 DFK International Conference in Malaysia.

DFK Hirn Newey beat 41 other firms from 17 countries from across the Asia-Pacific region in winning the award.

The award recognised the strong contribution DFK Hirn Newey has made to the ongoing success of the DFK Asia-Pacific network.

DFK Hirn Newey Director Paul Haupt said the award was a great reflection on all the staff at the firm.

“Since joining the DFK network in 1992, we have been an active member that has worked closely with numerous other DFK network members to improve the way we deliver services to our clients,” Paul said.

“All of our Directors have served on DFK Boards and Committees over the past 18 years to further strengthen the DFK network brand and operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Being a member of such a strong and progressive affiliation network allows us to deliver significant value-adding services to our clients. As a DFK network member we can access some of the world’s leading views on business management, IT and taxation to supplement our in-house expertise. This enables DFK Hirn Newey to provide the best possible advice to our clients at all times.

“We are delighted to win the award and I would personally like to thank all of our clients and our dedicated team for their continued support.”

Pictured is DFK Hirn Newey Directors Robert Schoenmaker and Paul Haupt receiving the award from DFK International President Mike Tovey.

DFK Hirn Newey blitz in charity rock event


The spirit of the ’70s took place at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on 15 October, 2005 when DFK Hirn Newey together with clients Bickerton Masters Architecture (BMA) and Carpet Choice Cannon Hill took the stage in the name of charity.

Featuring DFK partners Paul Fiumara and Gavin Johns the band “ArchitAcc” was one of 10 acts which participated in Boardroom Blitz, a fundraising event for the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland.

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Staff teamwork is an art


An article by Guy Mosel, featuring our office band, The Bottom Line, appeared in the Courier Mail on 11 May, 2004….

Accountants and rock bands — it ’s not the sort of word association that readily leaps to mind. But to Paul Fiumara, managing partner of Brisbane ’s Hirn Newey – DFK Chartered Accountants, it makes perfect sense.

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