Our team

Darren Smith
Principal
After 20 years in the profession, Darren formed DJ Smith Group commencing in 2008 opening offices in Melbourne CBD and Clayton.

Darren is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience, including working in the big 4 and medium sized firms before becoming a partner of a city based firm in 2000.

He has gained much experience and has extensive knowledge in providing business and taxation advice, superannuation planning, negotiation of sales and acquisitions of businesses and property development. His client base covers a wide range of industry groups.

Darren is a past Member of the School Council and President of the Parents & Friends Association at Caulfield Grammar School.

Darren is married with 2 children and is an avid golfer and enjoys watching most sports.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

Bachelor of Business
Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
Fellow member of the Taxation Institute of Australia
Registered Tax Agent

Specialties

Strategic Business Planning
Business Sales & Acquisitions
Corporate Structuring
Capital Gains Tax
Tax Disputes
Superannuation & Estate Planning
Property Investment
Joanne Smith
Joanne previously worked as a Business Systems Accountant with National Mutual (now AXA) and worked her way up to hold quite a senior position before leaving in 1992 to start a family.

Since 2000, Joanne has been conducting her own bookkeeping business working predominantly with a number of the firm’s clients, until joining Darren in his practice in November 2008.

As a result, Joanne has extensive knowledge of our client base and has provided quality solutions to their bookkeeping needs over the years.

In the months leading up to the inception of DJ Smith Group, Joanne managed the establishment of our new office, co-ordinating all fit out work and establishment of our communications network.

Joanne is actively involved in her daughters calisthenics club and enjoys reading and going to the gym.

Areas of Responsibility

Advising on internal computer solutions – MYOB & Reckon
Preparation of Business Activity Statements
Preparation of Tax Returns and Financial Statements
General Office Management
Gurjeet Singh
Gurjeet joined DJ Smith Group in 2015. With over 10 years’ experience within a mid-tier accounting firm, he is equipped with knowledge across various taxation and business fields. This includes dealings with clients in a various sectors, including: financial services, investors, property developers, manufacturers, professionals and small businesses.

By encompassing a strong work ethic and sound technical knowledge, Gurjeet has demonstrated a passion to assist clients in achieving business, financial and personal goals. Gurjeet’s commitment to our clients extends to reviewing the firm’s preparation of documents for clients, and managing the firm’s workflow to ensure that statutory deadlines and client expectations are met.

Gurjeet is married with 2 young children. In his downtime he enjoys assisting with various community activities, spending time with his young family, travelling, going to the gym and following various sports across the globe.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
Bachelor of Business & Commerce (Accounting & Finance)
Member of the Tax Institute of Australia

Areas of Responsibility

Strategic Taxation Advice & Planning
Taxation Structuring
Estate Planning and Advice
Small Business Tax and Capital Gains Tax Concessions
Review of firm’s preparation of Financial Statements and Income Tax Returns
Workflow and General Practice Management and Supervision
Indirect taxation advice (GST, Stamp Duty, Payroll Tax, FBT)
Danni Tirmes
Danni has many years experience in the accounting industry working in medium sized chartered accounting firms.

Her passion and expertise lies within the Self-Managed Superannuation area while still keeping in touch with the business services and tax areas.

Danni is a mother of two very energetic boys who enjoys the outdoors, cooking and reading.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

Certified Practising Accountant
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Registered Tax Agent

Areas of Responsibility

Superannuation Fund Financial Statements and Tax Returns
Superannuation Planning and Advice
Preparation of Tax Returns & Financial Statements for companies, trusts, partnerships and individuals
Preparation of Business Activity Statements
Peter Child
Peter joined DJ Smith Group in March 2014 and has brought with him well over ten years of experience as a Chartered Accountant.

Peter also has strong knowledge and experience dealing with areas as diverse as superannuation and tax planning, fringe benefits tax, and the research & development tax incentive. He is passionate about working with clients to help them meet their business and financial goals.

Away from the office Peter enjoys spending time with his young son, attending music concerts and many different sports.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance)

Areas of Responsibility

Preparation of Financial Statements and Income Tax Returns
Self-Managed Super Funds
Strategic Superannuation Advice
Research & Development claims
Fringe Benefits Tax
Simone Keating
Simone has over 20 years experience in the accounting industry working in small and medium accounting firms.

Her vast experience allows her to provide a high standard of accounting services to individuals and entities.

Simone is married with 2 children and enjoys tennis, reading and gardening.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

Fellow Member of the Institute of Public Accountants
Registered Tax Agent

Areas of Responsibility

Preparation of Tax Returns and Financial Statements for companies, trusts, partnerships and individuals.
Preparation of Business Activity Statements
Internal accounting systems and processes
Kelly Perkins
Kelly began her career in accounting administration with a traineeship in 2005. Taking a particular interest in accounting she completed a Cert IV in Financial Services (Bookkeeping) and is currently studying a Bachelor of Accounting through Swinburne Online.

Kelly has over 10 years experience in the accounting industry working in small and large accounting firms.

Kelly is married with 2 children and enjoys reading and travelling the world.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

Cert III in Business
Cert IV in Financial Services (Bookkeeping)

Areas of Responsibility

Corporate Secretarial
ATO and ASIC liaison
Practice Marketing
General Administration

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