Audit and assurance services
Northcorp Accountants are in the enviable position of having three registered company auditor partners. These partners are supported by a team of highly experienced and qualified staff that allows the firm to accept audit engagements of considerable size and complexity.
Our services include:
External audit: independent and efficient audit processes using risk based audit methodology.
Internal audit and assurance: review of systems of internal control and assistance in implementation of strategies to minimise risk
Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) audits: performance of compliance audits and provision of constructive advice at a competitive price.
Financial reporting: assistance in the preparation and presentation of compliant financial reports
The firm has extensive experience in many industries including:
• Credit Unions
• Registered clubs
• Aged care facilities
• Local aboriginal land councils
• Aboriginal Medical Services
• Not-for-profit organisations
• Trust account audits
• Time share industry
• Self managed superannuation funds
Please call one of our audit team members to discuss your specific audit requirements.
"Bushland Health Group Limited has been pleased to work with Northcorp. Our Board of Directors, management and staff have appreciated the open and honest relationship we have developed during the period of engagement."
"We would recommend NorthCorp for their professionalism, positive attitude and the high levels of integrity displayed as they continue to work with our organisation”.
Chief Executive Office, Bushland Health Group
The Northcorp Audit Team
Bart Lawler - Registered Company Auditor
I spent my formative years in Port Macquarie and completed my schooling at St. Joseph's High School. Growing up, I was an avid sportsman and participated in various sports such as football, rugby, and athletics. However, baseball was my true passion, and I excelled at it, representing both the region and NSW. This competitive nature has been with me ever since.
I started my career in the hospitality industry but was encouraged by my wife to switch to accounting. Starting as an accounts payable clerk with Hastings Council, I completed a TAFE Diploma in accounting and worked my way up to becoming a management accountant. Eventually, I joined NorthCorp Accountants in the audit department in 1999.
In 1999, I also completed my Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Southern Queensland and went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in 2003 with Chartered Accountants Australian and New Zealand, becoming a fully qualified Chartered accountant.
Since 2007, I have been a partner of NorthCorp Accountants, having obtained my Certificate of Registration as an Auditor and Certificate of Public Practice that same year. As a registered company auditor, I have worked on various audit engagements for public companies, registered clubs, credit unions, self-managed superannuation funds, aboriginal medical services, land councils, timeshare, and other not-for-profit organizations.
I have been actively involved in the self-managed superannuation industry since 2006, providing accounting and administration services to over 180 Super funds. As a CA SMSF specialist, I completed the CA SMSF Specialist Certificate of Attainment in 2013 and continue to maintain my knowledge as legislation changes. My experience in this field has allowed me to develop a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by self-managed super funds and provide guidance to trustee to ensure compliance and achieve their needs.
Apart from my work in accounting, I have diverse interests in my personal life. I am a dedicated yoga practitioner and meditate and practice pranayama (breathwork) regularly. I once participated in a 10-day Vipassana meditation course in the Blue Mountains. I also enjoy taking ice baths and various adventures including hiking challenges to Nepal’s Everest Base Camp in 2019 and Patagonia in Southern Argentina in 2023. I enjoy learning new things every day and I am always up for a challenge. My curious nature leads me to be open to new ideas and to constantly seek out new opportunities for growth and development.
I have been happily married to my wife Mandy, who is a yoga teacher, since 1994. We currently reside in Port Macquarie, where we enjoy traveling, spending time at the beach, and spending quality time with our friends.
My diverse experiences both professionally and personally have allowed me to develop a unique perspective in my work as an accountant. As an individual, I strive to uphold honesty, integrity, and hard work, and I believe that these values are reflected in the quality of service I provide to my clients.
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein this quote reflects my commitment to lifelong learning and personal growth.
Darren Johnson - Registered Company Auditor
I joined NorthCorp Accountants in July 2001. Before starting with NorthCorp, I had been employed for sixteen years as an Electrical Fitter/Mechanic.
My qualifications include being a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and I hold a Bachelor of Business with an Accounting Major from the Southern Cross University. I am a Registered Company Auditor, an ASIC Approved Self-managed Super Fund Auditor, and I also hold a Certificate of Public Practice with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
As an experienced senior audit manager, I represent the firm as a lead auditor on various audit engagements, including those involving public companies, registered clubs, financial institutions, self-managed superannuation funds, aboriginal medical services, land councils, and other not-for-profit organizations.
I was born and live in Port Macquarie with my wife Kim, and we have three grown-up children. I highly value quality time spent with family and friends, and I enjoy indulging in activities such as golfing or exploring our region through hiking or riding my motorbike.
Elvis Presley once said, "Values are like fingerprints. Nobody's are the same, but you leave them all over everything you do," and I wholeheartedly resonate with this sentiment.
Alaine Ylias - Registered Company Auditor
I began my professional journey as an administration trainee for a local Co-operative that placed great emphasis on supporting the community. This value has continued to guide me throughout my career.
With over 17 years of experience in audit and accounting, I am a Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor. My expertise encompasses providing internal and external audit services to a diverse portfolio of clients, including Not-for-Profits, Credit Unions, Registered Clubs, Aged Care Facilities, Retirement Villages, Co-operatives, and Proprietary Companies. Additionally, I am listed on the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Accepted Auditors and am an approved external examiner for the Law Society of NSW.
As a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, I hold a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University and a Certificate of Public Practice with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
In my role as a team manager, I possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, which enable me to support and mentor team members to achieve their highest potential. As an auditor, my affable nature allows me to engage with clients and develop a deep understanding of their business.
On a personal note, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 children, and we enjoy our 200-acre beef farm located at Telegraph Point, where I have spent my entire life as a local.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
Rhys McGuire - Registered Company Auditor
Rhys started his career in auditing with NorthCorp Accountants in January 2010 and is currently an audit manager of the firm.
Rhys has a Bachelor of Accounting (CSU), a Diploma of Chartered Accounting (CAANZ) and is a Registered Company Auditor.
Rhys has particular interest in the not-for-profits sector as this aligns to his values of giving and looking after those less fortunate or in need.
Rhys has personal interests including spending time with his dog and going to the gym.
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Peter Drucker
Jodie Thomas - Registered Company Auditor
As a highly experienced Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor, I have over 23 years of audit and accounting experience. I provide both internal and external audit services to a diverse range of clients, including Credit Union's, Mutual Banks, Registered Clubs, Aged Care Facilities, Retirement Villages, Co-operatives, Not-for-Profits, Proprietary Companies, and undertake Real Estate and Solicitors trust account audits.
My dedication to providing high-quality audit services is evident in my commitment to adding value to my clients. As the Quality Leader for NorthCorp, I have implemented a system of quality management across the firm that ensures compliance with both auditing and assurance standards and professional standards. I am committed to creating a supportive and collaborative working environment, where everyone is encouraged to share ideas and learn from one another. By fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement, I ensure that my team is equipped with the tools and knowledge they need to provide exceptional service to our clients.
In addition to my professional endeavours, I am an active member of the local community. I am a life member of my hockey club and volunteer as treasurer for a local charity that supports disadvantaged and marginalised individuals on the Mid North Coast of NSW. I believe in giving back to the community and using my skills and experience to make a positive impact on those around me.
When I'm not working or volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children.
"Quality is not an act, it is a habit." - Aristotle
Taylor Stockham - Audit Assistant
As a highly skilled accounting professional with a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and over three years of experience in the audit and assurance services industry, I have broad knowledge in both internal and external audit services.
My expertise extends to a diverse range of clients, including Self-Managed Superannuation Funds, non-for-profit organisations, Credit Union's, Aged Care Facilities, Retirement Villages, and proprietary companies.
As I continue to grow and develop my skills, I remain dedicated to staying up to date with the latest industry trends and advancements. I understand the importance of keeping current with regulations and industry developments to provide my clients with the best possible service.
When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing netball. I currently reside in Port Macquarie, where I appreciate the natural beauty of the region and take part in outdoor activities.
"The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs