KPMG lifts national office footprint to 14 with Geelong launch

24 April 2023 2 min. read
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KPMG has launched a new office in Geelong, expanding its national network to fourteen. The latest launch follows regional locations established in Townsville and Newcastle over the past two years.

Professional services firm KPMG continues to expand across Australia with a series of new geographies, offices and refits, including a newly launched branch in Geelong – Victoria’s largest regional city.

The new location is the third to commence operations in less than twenty-four months, following the establishment of outlets in Newcastle and Townsville, together granting the firm the widest national footprint among its peers.

KPMG lifts national office footprint to 14 with Geelong launch

Located in downtown Geelong at the top of the GMHBA building in Moorabool Street with sweeping views across the bay, the new office will be initially overseen by two as-yet-announced partners, although audit director Hooi Li Khaw and associate director Matthew Fletcher are among those already stationed in the building.

On announcing the move last year, the firm said it would look to build to 100 local employees but could support double that number.

Describing the city as a dynamic business hub with a lot of local innovation, KPMG Victorian chairman Carmel Mortell at the time said the new office would benefit both clients and staff who were already based in the region, but it’s imagined the launch will also likely attract sea-changers pondering the lifestyle advantages and cheaper cost of living as well former inhabitants looking to return home – much the same as benefits the local AFL team.

KPMG’s latest geographic expansion follows a new outlet established in Newcastle, which has over the past eighteen months grown to a headcount of five partners and sixty staff with the promise of plenty more to come, and a re-entry into the North Queensland market via the launch of a Townsville office last year.

In addition, the opening of the Geelong office follows hot on the heels of two other major workplace projects delivered all within less than a month.

The first of those was the firm’s move into its new custom Western Sydney headquarters in Parramatta, designed to house upwards of 500 staff with enhanced inclusivity features and eco-friendliness front of mind. KPMG workplace services director Mary Jovic and her team then immediately backed that up with the unveiling of a fresh new fit-out of the firm’s Hobart office, which is home to eight KPMG partners and closing in on 100 staff.

KPMG now has a total of 17 office locations across Australia and its integrated South Pacific practice, including reasonably new premises in Port Moresby and a renovated Gold Coast office with views eclipsing even those of Sydney and Geelong. The firm is also awaiting a new office and upgrade across its two locations in Fiji, while it was previously reported KPMG had leased space in the Heritage Lanes tower development in Brisbane.