Clayton Oates

Clayton Oates

Clayton Oates has had over 20 years experience in the Accounting / IT / Bookkeeping industries in Australia. After completing a Business (Accounting) degree at Monash University Melbourne he joined Price Waterhouse, working in the tax division for 5 years, then moving into industry as a retail Accountant at one of Australia’s largest grocery wholesalers, followed by 9 years with Accounting firm WHK Rutherfords, based in Northern NSW.

In 1998 he co-founded QA Business as a specialist independent IT Consultancy practice focussed on improving business systems, productivity and performance for SMB’s, IT Consultants, Bookkeepers and Accountants. Since its inception, QA Business has set up and managed thousands of business accounting systems throughout Australia, from sole-trader start-up businesses through to large corporates.

In 2002 QA Bookkeeping was established to maintain the systems that were established by the QA team, ensuring that their clients had reliable, well trained bookkeeping professionals attending to their bookkeeping needs.

Clayton has also developed systems that improve the End of Year process for both the client and their Accountant. Taking a previously undocumented approach and systemising it for the benefit of SMB’s / Bookkeepers and their Accountant.

Clayton has undertaken various speaking engagements over the last six years, helping thousands further implement technology in their businesses to improve internal practices and enhance service levels. Speaking engagements include:
  • Key Note presenter at the National Business Road show (2005)
  • National Institute of Accountants (NIA) annual conferences
  • Quicken Accredited Trainers conferences
In 2005 Clayton appeared on the MyBusiness TV show (Ch7) “Tax Time Special” hosted by David Koch. Clayton advised participating small business owners on the importance of keeping accurate records to satisfy ATO compliance as well as to help run and plan for a growing business. ‘My Business’ Director, Nigel Miller, said “ We asked Clayton to be involved because he works with small business owners every day so understands the problems they face at tax time.“. Clayton has since re-appeared on the show on three occasions.

Clayton is also a Professional member of the NIA (National Institute of Accountants). He believes that both Accountants and Bookkeepers share a common goal of “wanting to help their clients succeed in business (and ultimately in life) – and with both professions working together this is a real possibility”.