We’re more than the annual number crunchers.

We’re your partner for the long haul, all year round, today and into the future.


For us, it’s more than numbers.

We pride ourselves on being Trusted Advisors. That means we put the relationship and your needs before everything else.

You’ll find us engaging, understanding, thoughtful and considerate as we take the time to learn all the unique ins and outs of your life and/or business.

When you work with us, you are working with a partner – someone you can lean on, turn to and trust – and we will work our butts off to earn that trust for a strong business relationship. If that means trudging across a few dozen hectares to check out your livestock, or travelling beyond Ballarat to sample your fare first-hand, we’ll do it. Gladly.

Our Story

Our very brief history so far…
Everyone wants an accountant who will do more than just crunch the numbers. 

So, in 2012, AC Accounting and Business Solutions was formed to fulfil that brief.

It wasn’t long before the practice was booming, as word spread along the Ballarat grapevine about these sprightly young accountants who were dead keen on engaging and connecting with their clients.

And so, the client list quickly quadrupled and our office at 1 Ascot Street South, Ballarat, became a veritable hive of activity.

Our directors, Andrew, Peter and Daina, are extremely chuffed to have some of the Western Region’s finest accountants and support staff on the team.


A business is nothing without its staff. At AC Accounting & Business Solutions you’re always greeted with a big smile and a welcome greeting from our administration staff, we couldn’t function without them, they’re fantastic! We also have some of the most dedicated and inquisitive Accountants on the team, always thinking outside the square to come up with the best and most tax effective strategies to help your business.  We aren’t all about recording every six minutes spent on a job, our staff are encouraged to think of ways to help a business progress and grow. Each staff member has a different set of skills which leads to a full service to be offered by the AC team.



Andrew Brewer

Not your typical nerd herder, Andrew is a dedicated weekend warrior.

When he’s not getting around the basketball courts, he can be found enjoying a spot of waterskiing or some serious snowboarding (depending on the season).

Born and raised in Ballarat, Andrew is a highly skilled practitioner in property development and property-related transactions, business restructuring and planning, sale/acquisition of businesses, wealth management and self-managed superannuation, tax planning and minimisation, finance applications and funding and succession planning.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting.

Certifications: Intuit Quickbooks Certified Advisor, Xero Certified Advisor

Memberships: CPA



Peter Rutley

Born and raised in Ballarat, Peter is passionate about supporting his local community and has acted as treasurer for his beloved Buninyong Football Club for more than 10 years.

Peter has experience across a wide range of industries including construction, manufacturing, hospitality, medical and pharmacy clients.

Specialising in business and taxation planning, profit improvement and business structuring, he also offers extensive expertise in personal and business income tax, cash flow management, budgeting and self-managed superannuation fund advice.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting, Diploma of Financial Planning.

Certifications: Intuit Quickbooks Certified Advisor, Xero Certified Advisor

Memberships: Institute of Chartered Accountants



Daina MacLeod

Daina has been working public practice since 2002, mainly in the areas of Business Advisory, Tax, Self-Managed Superannuation and has a background in I.T.

She is passionate about working closely with small to medium businesses to improve their internal business structures, gain insight into strategic direction and to help them achieve their personal and business goals.

An in-depth experience across a number of industries including medical, agriculture, construction, and manufacturing also dealing in the areas of exporting, research & development and international tax. 

Daina serves on a number of boards, spends a lot of time in the community with her young family and is never far away from a tennis or netball court.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting), Bachelor of Computing

Certifications: Intuit Quickbooks Certified Advisor, Xero Certified Advisor

Memberships: Institute of Chartered Accountants



Accountant / Superannuation Specialist

Danielle Smith

Danni joined our team in 2012 and her superb attention to detail has made her an invaluable member of our team.

She takes a special interest is in working with Self-managed super funds. She welcomed her first child in July 2017 and then twins in August 2019, so you know that her multitasking skills are on point. 

Her weaknesses are chocolate and Moscato, and when not in the office you will find her at home cooking for her family and answering the question ‘why’ for the hundredth million time.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce

Memberships: CPA

Certifications: Intuit Quickbooks Certified Advisor, Xero Certified Advisor



Kate Haans

Kate joined us as an accountant / bookkeeper in 2020 after five years as a State Government public servant.

Kate is also a former franchisee of Muzz Buzz in Sebastopol, and senior accountant at Geelong Football Club.

Although she has many skills, she’s an absolute standout when it comes to budgets, forecasting, financial reporting and financial analysis.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce

Memberships: CPA



Natalie Shaw

Born and raised in Ballarat, Nat joined the team in late 2021 as an Accountant. She came to us with almost four years of invaluable experience as an undergraduate while she completed her dual degree. 

Now studying to become a Chartered Accountant, Nat has a passion for learning, and cannot wait to provide her clients with expertise in all aspects of both personal and business taxation and advice.

Nat has an unhealthy addiction to caffeine, drinking more coffee than the office combined, and when she’s not working or studying, you will probably find her spending time with her family, friends, and fur babies.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Human Resource), currently studying to become a Chartered Accountant

Certifications: Xero Certified Advisor, Xero Payroll Certified, Intuit QuickBooks Certified Advisor

Membership: Provisional member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants




Ballarat born and raised, Mikaela joined our team as a graduate accountant in 2017 after completing her Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Accounting and Bachelor of Management double degree.

Mikaela has welcomed her first child in 2021, she also loves spending time with her fur babies Milo and Lexi. 

Mikaela is passionate about her work and helping clients! Mikaela enjoys a good holiday

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting), Bachelor of Management

Certifications: Intuit Quickbooks Certified Advisor, Xero Certified Advisor




Mikaela joined AC Accounting in 2022, after relocating from sunny Queensland where she gained 2 years’ experience as an undergraduate accountant.

She has recently completed Bachelor of Accounting degree and is eager to further develop her knowledge and experience under the wings of the AC Team.

In her spare time, Mikaela enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, and making a mean strawberry daiquiri.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Accounting



Jessie Forde

Jessie joined the team at AC accounting this year and with experience in Accounting Admin since 2017. She also has experience in Hospitality and Beauty Therapy.

She enjoys getting away on the weekends to the river, beach or anywhere with water whenever she can. When she isn’t in the office you will find her out for a nice meal and cocktails with friends.

Qualifications: Certificate III in Business and Certificate IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping

Email: jessie.forde@acaccountingbs.com.au


Madilyn Dawe

Madilyn is currently undertaking a school based traineeship with us whilst also completing year 11 at Ballarat High School.

She is the oldest of 3 girls. In the summertime you will find her at the beach with friends. She keeps herself busy by working at sovereign hill on the weekends. Madilyn has been doing Calisthenics for over 14 years and has now started coaching.

Qualifications: Certificate III in Business (in progress)

Email: madilyn.dawe@acaccountingbs.com.au



We love our work, but when the weekend rocks around, we’re out and about town with you. Giving back to Ballarat is our way of saying thank you, and ensuring we stay connected to the people that matter – you.


Want to get in touch? We’d love to hear from you.