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BHT Partners has a long and proud history of servicing the local Eltham business community. In fact, the firm has offered accounting, tax and advisory services since it was established in 1956.

In the mid 1960’s, Bruce Holland took over the practice and several years later, Brian Taylor joined Bruce as a partner. Bill Pretty then joined the partnership on 1 July 1980 and these 3 partners managed the firm for several decades.

In 1983 the firm was incorporated and the business continued to operate on the underlying principle that we should play a close and active role in the development and implementation of our clients’ business strategies. For decades, we have done more than just keep the score for our clients and our focus is to help business owners build a better, more profitable and valuable business.

Bill Pretty retired on June 30, 2002 and when Bruce Holland retired in 2007, Jim Tyrrell and Melinda McAllister were admitted as partners. Bruce stayed on in a consulting role for several years and with the retirement of Brian Taylor in 2013, Damian Sanelli was admitted as a partner.

The three current partners are pictured here - Melinda McAllister, Jim Tyrrell and Damian Sanelli. Despite the change in personnel over the years, our commitment to delivering timely, quality and affordable professional advice has not changed.


Our slogan is, 'Forward Thinking Accountants' and we continually look to innovate and identify opportunities to improve your business profitability and value. We always have one eye on the future which requires proactive planning and the adoption of new technology.

It's fair to say, the only old fashioned part of our business is our commitment to personal service. For more than 60 years we have delivered sound, practical advice based on an understanding of our client's long-term financial objectives.

While technology and the internet have changed the business landscape, we also believe it has changed the role of the accountant. Here at BHT Partners, we do more than just 'keep the score' for your business and our client brief includes helping you grow your revenue, your profits and the value of your business. Over the years we have broadened our range of services to adjust to the needs of our clients.

-We recognise the importance of marketing in the digital and social age and genuinely believe that your marketing could be the difference beween doom, gloom and boom. For that reason, we give you access to one of the world’s most successful marketing programs, the ‘Business Growth System’. It contains more than 80 breakthrough marketing strategies supported by videos, templates, checklists and 2,500 pages of educational content. In addition, you also get unlimited access to the ‘Grow Your Business in 5 Days’ video training course that could have a massive impact on your future business growth. That's over $7,000 of valuable marketing tools you have access to as a client of the firm.

Over the past 15 years we have developed some specialist skills and we are recognised as business start-up and self managed superannuation experts. We have literally mentored hundreds of business owners through the various stages of their business life cycle from start up right through to sale. While business owners are our primary focus, we also service a number of individuals and tax effective, wealth creation strategies like negative gearing and superannuation have become specialist services within the firm.

Our pro-active approach further distinguishes us from other compliance based accounting practices in Melbourne. We focus on strategies to improve your bottom line and use industry benchmarks to compare your business’ performance against the competition so you know what is working in your business and what needs working on. If you're looking for more than just a number cruncher contact us today and let's get to work on building your business, your profits and your wealth.

Our dedicated team of accountants are committed to ongoing professional development so you enjoy access to the best technical tax and accounting advice available.Our positioning statement of ‘Forward Thinking Accountants’ really captures the essence of who we are. We continually adopt the latest technology and systems and believe in supporting our clients and their business every step of the way. We always have one eye on the future and planning is part of our DNA. We are big enough to handle the most complex tax issue but small enough to maintain our commitment to personal service.

We pride ourselves on our reputation for delivering quality service and advice and we do more than just keep the score for our clients. We strive to deliver exceptional value and outstanding financial results for our clients and believe communication is a vital ingredient in any successful relationship. For that reason we regularly visit clients at their place of work because it provides us with a better understanding of your business, your products and services, your finance requirements plus your staff and daily operations. Our quarterly newsletter, ‘The Business Accelerator Magazine’ is another way we regularly communicate with you and it is full of business development ideas, marketing tips and wealth creation strategies. We work closely with you, listen to your needs and provide a service way beyond the traditional tax and compliance accounting firm.

Being a proactive firm we respond to the needs of our clients and over the years we have evolved from a traditional tax and accounting practice to a full financial services firm that provides business owners with more than just tax returns and GST compliance services. Our role is to help you grow your revenue, profits and business value plus create wealth using tax effective strategies such as negative gearing and superannuation. We also assist clients with succession planning and provide advice on asset protection.

Over time, the firm has developed some niche markets including the seven industries below. In addition, we provide specialist advice to business start-ups and clients thinking of buying an investment property. When it comes to wealth creation and retirement planning we also provide expertise in superannuation, self managed superannuation funds (SMSF) and insurances. Our industry niches include:

We invite you to book a FREE, one hour introductory consultation to discuss your business, tax and financial requirements. To book a time, call us today on (03) 9431 3000 or complete your details in the box at the top of this page.

BHT Partners - Forward Thinking Accountants