Thursday 12 April 2018


2:30 pm


1.5 CDP Hours

Session Topic

Auditing payroll effectively

Payroll can be many entities’ biggest expense. Industrial awards, employment contracts and regulatory compliance means that payroll can be a significant risk to manage. Good policies, procedures and systems help to reduce the risk. The session will:

  • Identify risks associated with payroll and the controls that may be put in place to mitigate them
  • Discuss payroll audit risks and means to gather sufficient audit appropriate on the audit assertions
  • Explain audit documentation requirements, and
  • Identify what items to report to management and governance.
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This session is presented by:

Sonya Sinclair

Audit and risk management expert

Sonya is a registered company auditor, registered superannuation auditor and quality-control reviewer, CAANZ. Sonya specialises in risk management, implementation of audit quality through development of audit systems and processes, and interpretation and advice on generally accepted accounting and auditing principles. Sonya has over 15 years’ experience in auditing and financial reporting, bringing a collaborative style and balancing technical aspects with practical recommenations to clients.


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Carmen Ridley

Principal | Australian Financial Reporting Solutions

Carmen has an excellent knowledge of financial reporting through significant experience with a number of major accounting firms in both the external audit and technical divisions and spending significant time analysing and interpreting accounting standards for clients. Carmen is the co-author of ‘Understanding and Implementing the Reduced Disclosure Regime’. Carmen is serving her third three-year term as a member of the AASB.