• Our History

    Our heritage is helping businesses grow.

A global beginning

BDO was founded in 1963 with five original member firms in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, the US and Canada. These firms formed the Binder Seidman International Group. In 1973, the British, German and Dutch member firms adopted a common name whose acronym has endured for the entire global network. That name was Binder Hamlyn (UK) Dijker & Co (Holland) Otte & Co (Germany). What does BDO stand for? Literally, BDO stands for Binder Dijker Otte.

Growth in Australia

In Australia, BDO was established as an association of firms in 1975. Today, we are one of Australia's largest associations of independently owned accounting practices with offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Sunshine Coast.

BDO in Australia has achieved significant and consistent growth in the past forty years. Highlights include:

1975 – Established as an association of firms in Australia
1988 – BDO Nelson Parkhill merges with Parkhill Stirling to create BDO Nelson Wheeler and establishes offices in each State
2006 – BDO and Horwath networks merge in Australia (included offices in Cairns, Melbourne, Perth and Hobart).
2012 – BDO and PKF East Coast Practice (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) merged in Australia.
2020 – BDO in Brisbane (including the Sunshine Coast), and ECP (Sydney and Melbourne) merged as the first phase of becoming one firm in Australia.

Working towards a strong future

From start-ups and family business to large complex organisations, our heritage is in helping businesses grow. BDO Australia’s future will continue to see us build strong, successful relationships based on exceptional client service.