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Opening hours during Christmas 2020/New Year 2021

Please note the Donegan’s offices will be closed from:
12:30pm Tuesday 22nd December 2020 through to 8:30am Monday 4th January 2021.

We look forward to catching up with you in the New Year!

Victorian Government launch Sole Trader Support Fund

The Victorian Government have launched a $3,000 grant for sole traders.  The $100 million Sole Trader Support Fund provides support to non-employing Victorian sole traders operating out of commercial premises or locations within specific sectors.

Businesses in the eligible sectors must:

  • Operate a business within Victoria
  • Be a sole trader with no employees
  • Operate from a commercial premises or location (and not a residential premises) for at least six months as a:
  • Tenant, or
  • Licensee, or
  • Owner/occupier of a fixed commercial premises, or
  • Operator of a registered ‘mobile food premises’ (e.g. a food van) with a permit or commercial agreement to operate at specific location(s)
  • Be a participant in the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper Payment scheme
  • Be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN).

For full details and applications, please visit:

Donegan’s teams to work remotely (click for link)

In accordance with the latest advice issued from state and federal authorities regarding COVID-19, and in anticipation of further measures, the majority of the Donegan’s Edmondson Turner and Donegan’s Wealth Advisers team will now begin working remotely from Tuesday 24th March, until further notice.

Please see attached for full statement



Statement on working procedures during Covid-19 outbreak (click for link)

You will all no doubt be following closely the news and evolving government guidelines in response to the COVID-19 outbreak which is impacting individuals, businesses, industries and entire economies globally.

As the situation continues to change, we wanted to let you know Donegan’s current position and how we are responding to ensure that we are able to continue to service you as clients effectively, as well as play our part as responsible citizens in minimising any potential spread and “flattening the curve”. 

At Donegan’s, our priority is the health and wellbeing of our clients and our team.  Please see attached for full statement.


A new home for Donegan’s Edmondson Turner

In 2019, Donegan’s Accountants and Edmondson Turner & Co (ETCO) merged into a single practice, Donegan’s Edmondson Turner (DET), with operations split across offices in the City and Brighton.

Having aligned work processes and systems, and familiarised ourselves with a new roster of clients, the time has now come to bring the DET offices all together into a new home. This will enable more efficient collaboration internally and a more streamlined service offering for clients.

From Monday 20th January 2020, we will be consolidating our teams into one single location at our city office at 377 Little Lonsdale Street. The Brighton office space will no longer be in use; operations there will cease at 5pm on Friday 17th 2020.

Donegan’s Edmondson Turner are committed to making this process as smooth as possible. The former ETCO team will continue to use their existing email addresses, while the main line 03-9596-7522 phone number will also remain in operation.

While we encourage all clients and partners to update your records and use the below address for any correspondence as soon as possible, we will also maintain a forwarding service for any mail sent to Bay Street for the indefinite future. This will ensure that anything you have sent or may send to us reaches us as intended.

Meanwhile, our city office has been undergoing renovations in order to better meet the needs of our expanding team and clients. This move concludes some of the opening stages of this new journey for Donegan’s Edmondson Turner, and we are so excited for what’s to come.


Phil, Alison, Owen, Bernard, & the DET team
Donegan’s Edmondson Turner

Jude Walton receives 2018 Georges Mora Fellowship

Alert: Phone scammers claiming to be CPA Australia employees

CPA Australia has received advice that clients of CPA Australia members have received phone calls from a person purporting to be an employee of CPA Australia. The caller indicates to the client that they have a tax debt of $15,000 and to immediately pay the amount to the account specified by the caller. CPA Australia advises that these calls are not from CPA Australia employees, nor do we make calls of this nature.

ATO Warning – Emails, Mobile Phones & Phone SCAMS

The ATO have published an alert with regards to possible SCAMS. There are emails being sent to individuals/businesses claiming they are from the ATO and asking for personal information to be emailed back to them. There are also phone calls to both mobiles and land lines also asking for personal information such as bank account details, credit cards, etc. In some cases the caller is threatening fines if the information the caller wants is not given.

We highly recommend you do not answer any of the questions asked, as this call will more than likely be a scam. The ATO will not contact you via this method and seeing we are your nominated tax agent all enquiries would come to us from the ATO. In an unusual case if the ATO was to contact you directly they would send a letter to your address and then follow up with a phone call or ask you to call them quoting a particular reference.

The ATO does not contact clients via email or texting.

So if you were to receive contact from a person saying they are from the ATO, we would ask you to contact us immediately on 03 9670 5232 or the ATO on 13 28 61

See link below for further information and details from the ATO

Easter Break – Office Closed 4pm Thursday

Due to the Easter Break our office will close 4pm Thursday (2/4/15) and will reopen 9am Tuesday (7/4/15).

Server Upgrade

We are undertaking a server upgrade on Thursday 9 April and Friday 10 April.

As a result, we will not be at full capacity to process any urgent requests or matters.

The office will be running as normal from Monday 13 April.

Gold for Bretherton

You may have wondered where Phil & Alison have been the past few weeks? Chasing their son, Jonno Bretherton!


Congratulations to Chad Hewish on joining the CA Young Professionals Panel

Congratulations to Chad Hewish on his recent appointment to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Victorian Young Professionals Panel.

Part of Chad’s role with the Panel is to provide input and advice to CA management to ensure that a strong young member proposition is being delivered.

Xero’s June Release

Xero has released their latest update direct to all Xero accounts. As always, this update was done automatically in the cloud by the Xero team.

Features in the latest release include:
• New payment service for receiving payments directly from invoices
• Added user roles
• Support for four decimal places on unit prices
• Smart lists – a simple customer relationship management feature

For more information please visit the Xero blog

If you have any questions on the latest update or on how Xero can make your business more efficient please contact Phil or Chad.

(03) 9670 5232

Congratulations to Jonno Bretherton who has made the 2014 Hockey Youth Olympics Team

Jonno will compete in the Youth Olympics hosted by Nanjing, China in August.

You can read about the official announcement here

All the best Jonno!

Lani Bullen cycling from Melbourne to Broome for Cystic Fibrosis

Lani Bullen is cycling from Tylden (83kms north-west of Melbourne) to Broome – a distance of approximately 5,000 kilometres – in order to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. Lani’s sister Elke (Flea) passed away from Cystic Fibrosis in 2007 at the age of 16.

For more information and to donate to the cause, please visit:

Annie McPherson rewarded for work with Ankylosing Spondylitis Victoria

Congratulations to Annie McPherson for being awarded a 2014 Minister for Health Award for outstanding individual achievement for volunteer services in primary care. Annie was selected as one of two people for the award, from a pool of 800.

Annie is the Founder and President of the Ankylosing Spondylitis Group of Victoria and has volunteered in the area for many years.

You can find out more information about the Group here and you can read the Media Release here.