Kelly+Partners launches Government Relations, Incentives & Innovation service

The firm is pleased to announce that Dave Sharma has agreed to join Kelly+Partners to lead the Government, Incentives & Innovation team.

Providing solutions for clients' most critical challenges in Government Relations, Incentives and Innovation.

Kelly+Partners team of professionals is led by Dave Sharma.

We provide clients with solutions that open communication with government and other key stakeholders to deal effectively with government at the federal, state and territory policy and political level.

The team provides the following services:

Government Relations

Political and policy audit: information gathering and analysis to determine how a client, project or policy agenda is likely to be perceived in light of a range of political, policy and other relevant factors

Communication management: planning, developing and executing strategies to effectively communicate with a variety of audiences on critical and time-sensitive client issues

Investor counsel: assisting investors in regulated industry sectors understand policy and regulatory issues and trends

Major projects, procurement and bid advisory: specialist advice on government procurement processes, such as asset sales, PPPs, major projects and outsourcing opportunities

Merger and acquisition advice: working with proponents and their financial and legal advisers to understand key political and policy issues, and achieve foreign investment and other necessary regulatory approvals

Policy, regulatory and legislative advice: strategic counsel, policy formulation, active monitoring and tactical support to achieve regulatory outcomes or contest, promote or amend legislation

Stakeholder mapping and engagement: identification of key government and other influencers, and assistance in liaising with stakeholders in pursuit of regulatory or business objectives


Our team assist clients to understand and access the full range Government incentives across the lifecycle of their business. Governments at all levels in Australia and globally have incentives programs that business owners often are not aware of and do not know how to access. Our expertise is identifying and accessing those opportunities for our clients. 


Our understanding and proprietary digital innovation framework allows business owners and their teams to review their business, understand the trends that threaten the disruptive trades and technologies that their business makes, and adopt accordingly to remain competitive. 

Together with plan an innovation action plan to take advantage of the opportunities in their sphere.

The team provides the following services:

  • Review and score business innovation status and existing capacity
  • Compile industry analysis SWOT for the digital age
  • Develop rapid implementation and change management plan
  • Provide connectivity to leading digital innovators global

Dave Sharma (view Linkedin) / (view Wikipedia) served as Australia’s Ambassador to Israel from 2013 to 2017. This period coincided with some of the busiest and most productive years for the Australia-Israel relationship, with trade, investment and innovation ties strengthened significantly. Dave's leadership and diplomacy delivered a number of achievements for Australia, including securing privileged access for Australia into Israel's start-up economy, improved air linkages, better visa products, negotiations to eliminate double taxation, and the launch of the Tel Aviv Landing Pad - an entry point for Australian entrepreneurs into Israel's high-tech economy. Dave's leadership kept the Embassy secure and operational during several periods of significant security unrest and tension, including the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. He also implemented a staff and resourcing restructure to better align the Embassy to core objectives, and found significant budget savings.

Dave holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the University of Cambridge (with First Class Honours) and a Master’s Degree from Deakin University.