In early 2010 Jonas Software acquired Centaman. Centaman operates within the attractions and leisure industries, both new verticals for Jonas at the time, but one of the most interesting aspects of this acquisition was not necessarily the verticals Centaman operated in, but the fact it was headquartered in a location on the opposite side of the world from Jonas’ headquarters in Toronto, Canada: Sydney, Australia.

Prior to acquiring Centaman in Australia, Jonas had been primarily focused on businesses located in North America from an acquisition perspective. After gaining a presence in Australia with Centaman, Jonas continued to target other industry-specific software companies in the Australasian region. In early 2012 Jonas acquired Kestral, based in Melbourne in the healthcare space. In 2013 Jonas entered the hair and beauty industry with the acquisition of Shortcuts, headquartered in Brisbane. In 2014 Kitomba joined the Jonas family, our first acquisition in New Zealand being based in Wellington. To date, Jonas has acquired fourteen companies throughout Australia and New Zealand, with additional businesses currently in various stages.

Australia / New Zealand Portfolio History and Timeline


Company Vertical Year Joined Jonas Headquarters Description
Leisure 2010 Sydney, Australia Comprehensive software suite for fitness, health and leisure businesses.
Attractions 2010 Sydney, Australia Software solutions for tour and transport businesses, tourist attractions, water parks, amusement parks, museums, galleries, cultural sites, zoos, aquariums, and other tourist attractions.
Healthcare 2011 Melbourne, Australia Radiology Information System (RIS) and Pathology Laboratory System (LIS) solutions to the Australian and international health industry.
Healthcare 2013 Hughesdale, Australia Developers of management, billing, and communications software for the healthcare industry.
Hair &
2013 Brisbane, Australia Business management software for salon, spa, and barbershop owners, helping with appointment bookings, point of sale, integrated payments, etc.
Hair & Beauty 2014 Wellington, New Zealand Software and services provider for the salon and spa industries.
Case Management 2016 Melbourne, Australia Case management software for government and regulated industries.
Case Management 2018 Coffs Harbour, Australia Case management software for the rehabilitation industry in Australia.
Hospitality 2019 Melbourne, Australia Provider of integrated POS Solutions to the Australian Hospitality industry.
Marina Management 2019 Auckland, New Zealand Best known for its PacsoftNG marina management software used by marina, boatyard, and shipyard managers to operate and manage their facilities.
Managed Print Services 2019 Sydney, Australia Complete business management software solutions to an extensive regional and international customer base.
Leisure 2020 Newcastle, Australia Best known for being a comprehensive suite of computer software available to the licensed club, hotel and function industries.
Leisure 2021 Adelaide, Australia Providers of customised software to universities that manage student activity – creating an efficient solution in managing student organisations while providing tools to better engage the student body.
Risk Management 2021 Box Hill, Australia Provider of expert support and advice in Crisis and Emergency Management, Business Continuity Planning, Strategic Security and Emergency Response Planning.
Property Management 2021 Wellington, New Zealand A fully cloud-based property management system, providing a secure platform to operate and manage all bookings, rates, and revenue from any Wi-Fi-connected device.


Let’s hear from a few of our leaders in the Jonas Software Australia & New Zealand portfolio.

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“I’ve been at Jonas for over 17 years now, in various finance, operational, and leadership roles. It’s a pleasure working with our staff of over 500 employees in our portfolio and meeting with new companies who are thinking about joining Jonas through an acquisition.”

Jeff McKee

Group CEO, Jonas Software ANZ

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“The main reason that we decided to sell to Jonas was because we were able to continue to run the business the way we had been running it… We were able to maintain our own identity culture, team, our industry knowledge, yet become part of a bigger family that could support us and help us grow even more.”

Joanne Burgess

VP & Co-Founder, Shortcuts

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“I joined Jonas through the acquisition of Centaman in 2010. The Jonas family creates opportunities for you to grow your career, which is very exciting. I now oversee multiple businesses in my portfolio and spend my time looking for new companies to join our group via acquisition.”

Mike Henton

Portfolio Manager, Jonas Software ANZ

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So how does Jonas differ from other acquirers in Australia & New Zealand? Our strategy is to acquire, manage and build industry-specific software solutions. We like to talk about our ABCs in terms of how we are unique:

  • Autonomy – we have a decentralized structure and do not seek to manage the day-to-day operations of our companies.
  • Buy & Hold Forever – since our beginnings in 2003, Jonas has never sold a company it has acquired.
  • Culture of Sharing Best Practices – we place a high value on sharing our experiences when it comes to running great vertical market software companies with those who are a part of the Jonas family through educational events, conferences, international academies, best practice seminars, webinars, etc.

Do you think Jonas would be a great permanent home for your software business? Reach out today to the contacts below to schedule a call and find out more:

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