About SDJA

Not-for-profit and private sector audit specialists

SDJA is a progressive and dynamic Chartered Accounting firm aimed at offering value-based, cost effective and reliable audit and assurance solutions.

Why We Exist

Based on our experience and client feedback over the years, there is a demand for specialist audit providers in the not-for-profit industry and private sector. Unfortunately, entities operating in these markets currently have minimal options available in this regard.

We have been established to meet this need. The core to our success is built around getting the basics right and addressing the “pet hates” clients have encountered in previous audit-based relationships, including:

How We Operate

We tailor our approach to meet the specific needs of each of our clients. We pride ourselves on ensuring our senior team members play an active and hands-on role on every audit engagement, offering their experience and insight to deliver more than just an audit report.

We use the latest paperless audit software to ensure our audits are performed in a compliant and efficient manner. This provides us with the ability to perform audit work onsite or remotely, depending on an individual client’s preferences. Procedures and processes have also been established to ensure we meet our various technical, ethical, independence and quality assurance requirements.

We believe that clear and consistent communication is the key to a successful relationship. Throughout the audit process, we maintain regular contact with those charged with governance and/or key management personnel, covering matters such as our audit plan, key dates, the status of work in progress, issues identified and audit findings.

We eat, sleep and breathe audit and relish in the opportunity to improve our clients' operations. Audit is not a once-a-year chore for us – we encourage year-round, ongoing dialogue with our clients to help them reduce risk, navigate complexity and deliver on their purpose. We are our clients’ trusted advisers – completely independent and invested in their success.

Our Team

Simon Joyce

Simon Joyce

Director

Simon is the founder of SDJA and possesses over fifteen years of audit and advisory experience with Big 4 and Mid-tier firms. He specialises in providing auditing services to not-for-profit entities and privately owned businesses from varying industries.

Throughout his career, he has developed a reputation for delivering exceptional quality, specific industry insight and value-add to all clients. Simon is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Registered Company Auditor with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and a Registered Auditor with Registered Organisations Commission (ROC). On a personal front, Simon enjoys spending time with his three children, running marathons and volunteering as a cricket coach.

Ben Irvine

Ben Irvine

Senior Audit Manager

Ben has over thirteen years of audit and advisory experience, having worked with a number of Mid-tier and Boutique firms. He prides himself for his hands-on and practical approach, assisting not-for-profit and private company clients to reduce their risk

Ben has a broad range of experience in external and internal audit, assurance advisory and due diligence. Ben is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and also teaches as a Casual Academic at a number of Universities. He is also currently working towards attaining his Registered Company Auditor registration. In his spare time, Ben enjoys his weekend drives and volunteering with St John Ambulance.

Juanelle Baldacchino

Juanelle Baldacchino

Audit Supervisor

Juanelle has been in the audit profession for over five years and has worked for both Big 4 and Mid-tier firms.

She is a key member in the execution of a number of audit engagements and always receives complimentary feedback from clients for her friendly and professional persona. Juanelle is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. When not working, Juanelle enjoys travelling, gardening, and spending time with her family and two beagles.

Scott Carey

Scott Carey

Senior Auditor

Scott has been with the firm since day one and possesses over eight years of audit experience with Big 4 and Mid-tier firms.

He is an instrumental player in delivering quality service to clients in both the not-for-profit and private sectors and prides himself on being personable and dependable. Scott is in the process of working towards his membership with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. From a personal perspective, Scott relishes spending time with his girls and fishing with friends.

Christian Kim

Christian Kim

Junior Auditor

Christian is a recent University Graduate from UTS. He has already made great impressions with clients and the firm for his passionate and dedicated approach.

Christian will shortly embark on the journey towards his membership with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. During his spare time, Christian loves to ply his trade on the basketball court.

Ben Fuller

Ben Fuller

Junior Auditor

Ben has been with the firm for over a year. One of his key strengths is his cool, calm and collected approach.

Ben is in the process of completing his accounting-based university degree at UTS. When not working or studying, Ben enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends.

Jake Basden

Jake Basden

Junior Auditor

Jake recently commenced his career with the firm. He is renowned for his professional and likeable demeanour.

Jake is in the process of completing his accounting-based university degree at Macquarie University. On a personal note, Jake is a keen sportsman and you will often see him competing out on the soccer field or enjoying a leisurely round of golf.

Antoinette Salenga

Antoinette Salenga

Office Manager

Antoinette is the much-needed all-rounder in the team. She has spent over ten years in the accounting profession, including a number of years in the audit division of a Big 4 firm.

Currently, she is an integral member in the delivery of audits and preparation of financial statements, in addition to playing a lead role in marketing, business development and the internal accounting needs of the firm. Antoinette is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. From a personal perspective, Antoinette loves watching her kids play sport on the weekend.

We prove that auditors can be professional and personal at the same time.

Our blended team of youth and experience, act as one to deliver on The SDJA Difference.

Meet The Team