Melissa Fardone

Melissa Fardone

Director, Research & Development and Grants

Manufacturing & Wholesale

Speciality Taxes


Melissa leads the Research and Development (R&D) and Grants team at BDO in Adelaide.

Melissa has extensive expertise working with clients across a broad range of industries in the development of R&D plans, business process efficiency and commercialisation strategies for new and innovative ideas.

She is a firm believer in the pivotal role innovation has to play in an organisation’s ability to not only survive, but grow and thrive.

Melissa has over 10 years’ experience both as a consultant and in government. Prior to joining BDO, Melissa spent six years as senior manager in the government incentives team of a large accounting firm. She also previously led the Adelaide grants team for AusIndustry.


  • Research & Development
  • State & Federal government grants and incentive programs

Key assignments

  • Successful completion of significant AusIndustry and ATO R&D Tax Incentive reviews across mining, IT and manufacturing sectors
  • Successful preparation and submission of high value Government Grants, worth upwards of $10 million
  • Assessing the IP position of early stage technologies
  • Successful preparation and submission of large scale R&D Tax Incentive overseas finding applications


  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)