Kearney Group History
We've come a long way since our inception in 1986. With over a quarter century of development under our belt, the Kearney Group has matured into a nationally recognised practice, a leading provider of holistic financial services and home to the best and brightest advisory professionals the industry has to offer.
We encourage you to take a few minutes to explore the Kearney Group's journey.
Paul J Kearney & Associates begins providing accounting, taxation and business advisory services in partnership with solicitor Robert Frederick in Main Rd East, St. Albans.
Paul J Kearney & Associates splits from Robert Frederick. Paul Kearney commences operations as a sole practitioner in Keilor Road, North Essendon.
Starting The Team
Paul J Kearney & Associates hires its first employee.
Australian Stock Exchange Limited (ASX) is formed.
Paul J Kearney & Associates incorporates and becomes P. J. Kearney & Co Pty Ltd.
On the Rise
After experiencing rapid growth through the early 1980s, the economy begins to overheat. Interest rates peak at 17% and inflation rises to 7.8%
Four Pillars Policy
To ensure a resilient and competitive banking system, the Four Pillars Policy is introduced.
To be present with his young family, Paul Kearney designs a new home with dedicated office space and relocates the business to Balmoral Ave, Strathmore.
Privatisation of Commonwealth Bank
Commonwealth Bank privatisation begins, ushering in a new era in shareholder participation for the general public.
Australia's "Superannuation Guarantee" system is introduced by Keating's Labour government.
On the Road Again
Business moves to Ogilvie Street, Essendon.
On the Road Again (Again)
Business moves to 3 Balmanno Cres, Strathmore.
Principal Paul Kearney becomes a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA)
Asian Financial Crisis
The financial collapse of the Thai baht in July 1997 triggers a period of financial crisis in the region and raises concern of possible worldwide economic impacts.
Kearney Financial Planning is launched and begins providing strategic planning, investment and finance services along side its Accounting & Taxation affiliate.
Move to Ivanhoe
Business moves to Redesdale Rd, Ivanhoe.
The Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) is floated and becomes the world's first exchange to list on its own market.
P. J. Kearney & Co and Kearney Financial Planning move to their new offices in Lower Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe.
GST is Introduced
Australia introduces the Goods & Services Tax (GST) to replace the previous federal wholesale sales tax system and to phase out a range of state and territory government taxes, duties and levies.
Move to Kew East
The business moves into its new offices in High Street, Kew East.
Kearney & Co
P. J. Kearney & Co begins trading as Kearney & Co
Principal Paul Kearney obtains his Certified Financial Planner accreditation granted by the Financial Planning Association of Australia.
The Financial Services Reform Act (FSRA) is introduced. It reforms and consolidates the regulatory requirements of Australia's financial services industry including licensing standards, adviser training and product disclosure practices.
Kearney & Co launches its first website.
Off to Abbotsford
Kearney & Co and Kearney Financial Planning move into the historic Skipping Girl Vinegar warehouse in Abbotsford.
Ovarian Cancer Australia
Kearney & Co begins providing pro-bono accounting support and strategic advice to Ovarian Cancer Australia.
Debt Finance Services
Kearney Financial Planning begins providing in-house mortgage broking, debt finance and lending services.
The Big Issue
CEO Paul Kearney becomes a Director of The Big Issue Australia.
2008 Practice of the Year
Kearney Financial Planning is named Victorian Practice of the Year by its licensee Securitor Financial Group.
GFC Takes Hold
Lehman Brothers fails, ushering in the largest global financial crisis since the Great Depression.
The Kearney Group
The firm launches its parent company, the Kearney Group, uniting the practice's accounting & financial planning arms under a single brand and common title.
Accountants soak up the sights in Sydney as reward for an outstanding year! The team got to enjoy a weekend away and of course, climb the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
New websites for Kearney & Co and Kearney Financial Planning are launched, further solidifying the Kearney Group brand.
2010 Adviser of the Year
CEO Paul Kearney is named Securitor Financial Group's Adviser of the Year (VIC/ TAS).
The Kearney Group appoints 18 new employees in the 2010/2011 FY as part of a strategic growth initiative.
Annual Strategy Conference
Combining business and pleasure: The Kearney Group team heads to the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld for the firm's annual strategy conference.
Team Trip to NZ
As reward for an outstanding year, the accounting team heads to Queenstown, New Zealand for four days of skiing, snowboarding, jet boating and white water rafting.
The Kearney Group officially takes the keys to Suite 7 and begins a 900 square metre expansion and refit of the Skipping Girl Vinegar warehouse offices.
After many years of hiring advisers fresh out of university, the Kearney Group launches its official Graduate Program with the intent of attracting the best and brightest young talent the financial services industry has to offer.
2011 Practice of the Year
Securitor Financial Group names Kearney Financial Planning its 2011 Practice of the Year (VIC/ TAS).
Off to Singapore
Members of the Kearney Group team head to Singapore for the 25th annual Securitor Convention.
2011 National Practice of the Year
At the annual Securitor Convention in Singapore, Kearney Financial Planning is named National Practice of the Year. CEO Paul Kearney is presented the award by Westpac Bank CEO Gail Kelly and BT Financial Group's Matt Englund.
Acquisition of Accpay Solutions
The Kearney Group acquires Accpay Solutions Pty Ltd. adding full-suite business bookkeeping services to the practice's host of solutions and client support.
Another Milestone: The Kearney Group clocks a quarter century in business and celebrates 25 years since the doors first opened on July 4, 1986.
The Kearney Group marks its 25th birthday, the official opening of the new office and the 2011 National Practice of the Year title with clients and friends.
After another busy year, the accountants enjoy some well earned rest and entertainment in Corowa, NSW. The team headed off for a weekend of fishing, boating, clay shooting and winery tours.
2012 Victorian Practice of the Year
The Kearney Group is named Victorian Practice of the Year; the firm's 4th major title in 5 years!
The Kearney Group unveils its newest website, with improved functionality and greater emphasis on the company's core values.
Media Make Over
The Kearney Group's media materials get a fresh new look and begin rolling out.
MyKearney Online Launch
The firm launches its custom client portal, permitting clients to securely exchange, review and digitally sign sensitive documents.
Welcome Home Loan
The Kearney Group launches its very own loan package, the Welcome Home Loan.
FPA Best Practice Awards
CEO Paul Kearney is named Victorian runner-up for the FPA's Certified Financial Planner Best Practice Awards.
1000th MyKearney Online User
Only 6 months since its release, MyKearney Online is going strong and chalks up its 1000 unique client account.
Practice of the Year
The firm is named Securitor's 2014 Victorian Practice of the Year.
Annual Securitor Convention
The Kearney Group heads off to Hobart for the 28th annual Securitor Convention in Hobart, Tasmania.
National Practice of the Year
Kearney Group is named National Practice of the Year at the 2014 Securitor Convention in Hobart.
Kearney Group kicks off its integrated strategy planning process.
Business Leadership Series
Antarctic expedition leader Rachael Robertson joins the Kearney Group, sharing lessons on courageous leadership.
The Wharton School
Kearney Group makes a splash at The Wharton School and in NYC.
Practice of the Year
Kearney Group is named 2015 Practice of the Year (VIC/TAS)
Chief Executive Forum
CEO Paul Kearney discusses leading change at Securitor Convention 2015 in Canberra.
Homes for Homes
Paul Kearney becomes a founding Director of Homes for Homes social enterprise.
Commercial release of Oi Software's first product, Charlie.
Kearney Group named AFA Practice of the Year Finalist.
Kearney Group named AFA's 2015 Practice of the Year.
Kearney Group celebrates its 30th Birthday