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Michelle Shafizadeh

Michelle Shafizadeh


Michelle has over 31 years within large mid-tier firms and a public sector audit office, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience. Michelle has extensive experience in governance, risk management, accounting, audit, and financial reporting advice, writing better practice guides and policies and performing quality assurance activities and legislative compliance reviews.

Michelle's extensive experience, industry knowledge and professional network benefits her role as lead Partner for Governance and Risk Advisory, which focuses on providing Governance and Risk Advisory services to state government, local government, and private sectors.

Governance and Risk Advisory service offering:

  • Internal, external, compliance, KPI, controls and performance audits
  • Governance, legislative compliance, internal control and policy development advice/ reviews
  • Risk management consulting/advice such as development of risk appetite statements, risk tolerance statements, policies, procedures, plans, registers, testing controls, treatment action plans, 
  • Pre-review prior to an external review by the ASIC, Parliament Auditor General, regulators
  • Assistance with implementation, follow up and monitoring of internal audit, external audit, regulator, third party recommendations.
  • Performance of data analytics to identify risks and opportunities and bring insight into client’s data
  • Better practice reviews against AS/ ISO Standards, better practice guides and better practice principles issued in the public and private sector
  • Board, Council, and Committee advice and support.
  • Program, project, activity, system implementation health checks, gateway reviews or audits
  • Outsourcing of any governance, risk management and any audit functions/ activities. 
  • Efficiency, and effectiveness process improvement reviews  
  • Assist clients to be “audit ready” for their financial audit. 

Michelle is on the Auditing and Assurance Standards  Board and Catholic Education of WA Board and this experience will bring technical expertise, and add value and insight into her client engagements. 

Michelle's areas of expertise include:

  • Governance
  • Risk management
  • Financial audit, internal audit, compliance audit and performance audits
  • Internal control reviews, business and financial system reviews and process improvement
  • Better practice and quality assurance reviews


  • Audit and Assurance
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Governance and Risk Advisory
  • Litigation


  • Education
  • Energy, Mining and Renewables
  • Health and Aged Care
  • Local Government
  • Not-For-Profit
  • Retail
  • State Government