About Strategic Elements

Our Company

Strategic Elements operates as a venture builder where it generates ventures and projects from combining teams of leading scientists or innovators in the technology or resources sectors.

Strategic Elements operates as a registered Pooled Development Fund (PDF) on the Australian Stock Exchange under the code ‘SOR’

Under the Federal Government PDF program our investors pay no tax on capital gains or dividends to compensate for the higher risk of investing in small and medium sized companies.

We strive to take part in projects that explore brand new fields of innovation. There is no restriction to any particular industry sector except for those excluded under PDF program rules such as property.


Pooled Development Fund

Strategic Elements is officially registered under the Australian Federal Government’s Pooled Development Fund (PDF) program.

What is the Pooled Development Fund Program?

The aim of the Pooled Development Fund Program is to increase the supply of capital to Australian SME’s. PDF’s are venture capital funds registered under the PDF Act that deliver tax concessions to shareholders under the Income Tax Assessments Acts.

Benefits for Shareholders

Shareholders of a PDF are entitled to concessionary treatment for capital gains derived from their holding. Capital gains made by resident shareholders are not taxable under the Australian taxation system. Additionally, capital losses are not deductable. Unfranked dividends received by resident shareholders are also not taxable under the Australian taxation system.

Benefits for our Company

The PDF is also entitled to tax benefits. Income and capital gains of PDF’s are sheltered at concessional tax rates. Essentially, PDF’s are taxed in accordance with income tax rates of 15% on income and gains from investment in SME’s, less any allowable deductions on the PDF may incur, and a rate of 25% on other income and gains. In addition to the concessional PDF corporate tax rates, PDF’s credit their franking accounts for tax paid at the general rate of 30%, thus enabling us to pass on greater franking benefits to our shareholders.

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Meet the Team

Charles Murphy

Managing Director

Charles Murphy founded the Company and led its successful registration as a Pooled Development Fund. He has experience as an advisor to emerging high growth companies assisting with business and corporate activities . Mr Murphy has co-founded and developed a number of companies through to their listing on the Australian Stock Exchange. Charles has successfully formed alliances and JV’s for multi-million-dollar development programs as well as forming global collaborations with companies such as General Electric. Charles is a qualified responsible Fund Manager and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Matthew Howard

Director and Company Secretary

Matthew has worked with some of the largest financial institutions including Goldman Sachs JBWere, Macquarie Bank, ANZ Bank and National Australia Bank. Matthew has helped close numerous multi-million dollar transactions with some of the largest Fortune 100 US technology companies in the Asia Pacific region including Oracle, BEA Systems and Sybase. Matthew has a Masters in Applied Finance, a Bachelor of Commerce (Business and Information Technology) and a Certificate in Corporate Governance.

Elliot Nicholls


Elliot Nicholls has worked in corporate advisory focusing on financial analysis and business model development. He has worked with clients in the mining and resources, oil & gas and industrial sectors including Rio Tinto and Hismelt. He has experience in financial analysis of large infrastructure projects in Australia and has been involved in projects investigating and resolving inter-company financial matters throughout the Asia-Pacific for Telstra Corporation. Elliot has a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from The University of Western Australia.

David Lim

Business Development Manager

​David Lim has worked in project management and business development for a number years. He has successfully project managed multi-national teams working on technology and resources projects. David has a Bachelor of Mining Engineering with Second Class Honours from The University of Western Australia.

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