Etienne Gouws

Etienne Gouws

Partner, IFRS & Corporate Reporting

Government & Public Sector

IFRS & Corporate Reporting


Etienne is a Partner in the IFRS & Corporate Reporting team in the Melbourne office, with more than 25 years of experience in different aspects of finance. He prides himself on building strong, trusted relationships to understand the complex issues facing his clients.

Etienne specialises in providing accounting and structuring advisory services, focussing on those matters that are front of mind to CFOs and public sector stakeholders.

He has worked in several countries and industries as part of his professional services career, which included leading audits and advisory projects of large multinational oil and gas, mining, advertising, media, pharmaceutical and fast moving consumer goods companies.

Before joining BDO, he led the Accounting Policy Group within the Budget and Finance Division at the Department of Treasury and Finance, where he contributed to and supported the financial aspects of large infrastructure projects, financial reporting frameworks and financial reporting requirements.


  • IFRS
  • Accounting Advisory
  • CFO Advisory


  • Government and Public Sector
  • Natural Resources


  • Bachelor degree, Accounting
  • Honours degree, Accounting


  • South African Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

I am very excited to bring my experience in the public sector, oil and gas and mining industries to BDO. Through collaborating with the team, I am looking forward to growing our existing markets and venturing into new ones together. The partner-led model, hunger for growth and BDO values really resonated with me when deciding to join the firm.