Russell's Background


Qualified as an Accountant in 1979 and has been involved with an array of businesses providing an extensive basis for handling all types of accounting, bookkeeping and payroll issues within a a wide variety of industries. Established Carruss Consultants in 1996 and has become a well known figure in the bookkeeping profession. Is a member of several ATO forums including the BAS Agent Association Group & Superstream Reference Group and operates a Bookkeepers Network for all bookkeepers to come together to learn, engage and prosper.

Russell was an 8 year member of the Tax Practitioners Board and also contributes his time to Not for Profit organisations such as Emerge Australia & Outer Eastern Food Share.

Professional Memberships

Member of the Institute of Public Accountants (MIPA)

Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia (FTIA); Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA)


Certificate in Business (Accounting)

Certificate in First Line Management

Certificate in Managing Self & Others

Various & Regular Seminars/Workshops on Tax, FBT, Marketing, Software, Payroll, GST

Professional Experience

1976 - 1985 Assistant Manager Barrangul River Cruisers Renmark, SA

· Family Owned Murray River Cruiser business. Cruises, Restaurant, Weddings, Private Functions. Prince Charles & Princess Diana attended in April 1983.

1983 - 1984 Assistant Manager Bayview on the Park Motel Melbourne, VIC

· Duty Manager – Reception, Restaurant & Bar, Functions. Motel had 150 rooms, several function rooms & employed 40 full time staff

1985 - 1987 Tour Driver Top Deck Travel London, UK

· Brochure & Charter Tours of 3 – 13 week duration throughout Europe, Asia & North Africa

1987 - 1988 Tour Driver Centralian Staff Holidays Melbourne, VIC

· Brochure & Charter Tours of 2 – 4 weeks duration throughout Australia.

1988 - 1989 Assistant Manager Sizzler Adelaide, SA

· Restaurant Chain

1989 - 1991 Insurance Agent AMP Adelaide, SA

· Self Employed promoting Insurance, Superannuation & Investments

1991 - 1994 Operations Manager International Linen Service Adelaide, SA

· Commercial Laundry servicing Five Star Hotels, Motels, Restaurants, Hospitals and Nursing Homes

· Supervised Manufacture and Repair of Linen, Deliveries, Administration

· Employed approx 100 permanent & casual staff

1994 - 1996 Manager Laragon Pty Ltd Renmark, SA

· Almond Processing Plant

· Supervised up to 10 full time and Casual Staff

· Production Scheduling

· Accounting to trial balance, cash flows

· Report to Board, Company Secretary

· Sales of By Products

1996 - Present - Owner/Managing Director/Principal Accountant Carruss Consultants Melbourne, VIC

· Accounting & Bookkeeping Services to Small Business

· Regular contracts with Accounting Firms for internal & external accounting, bookkeeping & accounting software training

· Clients range up to $6m turnover per month

· Provide MYOB & Quickbooks Training, one on one, classroom & industry specific

· Provide GST Training for Accounting Firms & Clients

· BAS & IAS Preparation & electronic Lodgement

· Monthly Management Accounting, Cash Flow, Business Analysis

· Individual, Sole Trader, Partnership, Company & Trust Tax Returns for clients of Chartered Accountants that we have contracts with

· Payroll Tax, Workcover, PAYG, Superannuation Returns & Reconciliations

· Business Mentoring & Coaching

· MYOB & Quick books Professional partners & Resellers

· Troubleshooting Software

· Forensic Accounting

· Lecturer TAFE – Travel & Tourism

· Lecturer & Mentor NEIS Program – Assisting Unemployed into Self Employment