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 18 years of audit and advisory experience with Big Four 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.

Jonathan Rudman

Jonathan Rudman

Director

Jonathan's experience and financial skill set has been shaped over 18 years working in both Big Four firms and senior finance positions in private commerce.

Jonathan brings this skill set to SDJA with a pragmatic and commercial lens providing valuable insights, addressing risks and facilitating growth. His experience includes working with not-for-profits, start ups, small, medium and large private businesses and multi-nationals. Jonathan 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). In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys playing golf and spending time with his young family.

Juanelle Portelli

Juanelle Portelli

Audit Supervisor

Juanelle has been in the audit profession for over seven years and has worked for both Big Four and Mid-tier firms in Australia and overseas.

She is a key member in the execution 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 friends.

Scott Carey

Scott Carey

Audit Supervisor

Scott has been with the firm since day one and possesses over 10 years of audit experience with Big Four 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 at the final stage of obtaining his membership with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. From a personal perspective, Scott enjoys fishing, learning new skills/hobbies and spending time with his family.

Christian Kim

Christian Kim

Intermediate 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 both the basketball and volleyball court.

Jake Basden

Jake Basden

Intermediate Auditor

Jake has been with the firm for the past two years. 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. He has represented Australia in the sport of futsal and also enjoys a leisurely round of golf.

Gabriel Dawinan

Gabriel Dawinan

Junior Auditor

Gabriel is currently midway through an accounting-based university degree.

When not studying, Gabriel likes to challenge his friends to ninja warrior battles.

Zehra Nadeem

Zehra Nadeem

Junior Auditor

Zehra is a recent Master of Professional Accounting postgraduate from University of Wollongong. She is also currently working towards her membership with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

When not working or studying, she likes to enjoy movies and Netflix, as well as travel with family and friends. Zehra is also a foodie and loves to taste multicultural cuisines.

Antoinette Salenga

Antoinette Salenga

Office Manager

Antoinette is the much-needed all-rounder in the team. She has spent over 11 years in the accounting profession, including a number of years in the audit division of a Big Four 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