< Meet the Team

Peter Shields

Managing Partner – Audit and Assurance

Bachelor of Economics
Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Associate Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors

Peter commenced with Saward Dawson in 1999 to lead the Audit Division and was admitted as a partner in 2000. During Peter’s time at Saward Dawson, the audit and assurance division has focussed on the delivery of high quality audit and providing value to clients through our experience, insight and passion. Prior to joining Saward Dawson, Peter was a senior manager a multinational firm, working in audit, M&A, consulting and the business advisory division in Australia and the USA.

Peter has many years of experience working in various capacities with commercial and non-profit organisations. Peter sits on the ACNC professional advisor group, is a regular contributor to the Australian Accounting Standard Board, Chartered Accountants Australian and New Zealand, is the current chair of the Australian Not for Profits Accountant Network, and chairs the CA ANZ Not for profit discussion group.

Peter has a real passion for training and mentoring and leads our staff training and recruiting activities.

When out
of the office


Gym, renovating, gardening, cycling, jet skiing, surfing, wakeboarding and snowboarding

Peter loves spending time with his family, staying active and being outside whenever possible. He loves to travel and visiting family and friends around the world.

Favourite Holiday Destination:

It would be a longs list but a few favourites: Noosa – the chance to relax with his family and possibly catch a wave. For a weekend outside Melbourne, Philip Island is a regular destination. Overseas – California – the coast, desert and mountains, Japan trips with his boys, Europe visiting family and friends.

Peter Shields's Articles

Charity inFocus

Saward Dawson is proud to support more than 250 charities every year through the provision of professional services at discounted rates, providing technical resources and training free of charge, presenting at various seminars, and working closely with the regulators and advocating on behalf of the sector.  We believe that generosity is foundational to our core […]

NFP Fringe Benefit Tax

Fringe Benefit Tax is payable by employers who provide fringe benefits to their employees. The two fringe benefit concessions available to certain types of NFPs are FBT exemption and FBT rebate. FBT exemption This is an exemption from paying FBT. Certain NFPs such as public benevolent institutions and health promotion charities are eligible to receive […]

NFP – Deductible Gift Recipients

Certain organisations are entitled to received income tax-deductible gifts and tax-deductible contributions. This endorsement can be a significant advantage for NFPs and their donors. NFP tax is a complex area. Saward Dawson has a team dedicated to NFP tax compliance. If you need assistance with your on-going compliance or how to fully utilise the concessions […]

Income tax exemption

There are a number of tax concessions available to NFPs. They depend on the organisation&rsquo;s endorsement by the ATO as well as how they have been incorporated. We discuss the main types of tax concessions available to non-profit organisations.Income Tax ExemptionWhether a NFP has to pay income tax will depend on whether or not the […]