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Gaertner & Associates was established in August 2000 when Michael moved to Ballina with a small team to form his own practice. The practice had tremendous growth and in January 2003, Paul became a partner. The practice continues to grow substantially and we currently have 10 on the team to meet the needs of our clients. Our main office is situated in Ballina, however in July 2009 we opened an additional office in Lismore. In July 2009, we acquired Peter Nind’s practice and in July 2015 also acquired the practice of Nolke De Vries.

Quantum Wealth Solutions was established in July 2009 and offers a wide range of financial services to Gaertner & Associates clients. They can be contacted by either ringing the Ballina office or using the link via this website.



Michael Gaertner FCA

Michael has been working in the accounting and financial industry for over 30 years. Michael completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Macquarie University in 1979. Michael has been a registered tax agent since 1980, and became a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1991.  Michael has lived in the local area since 1988 and now resides in Ballina. Michael is married to Donna, and he has two adult children. He enjoys catching up with family and friends, and his interests include all sports.

Paul Latta BBus

Paul completed his Bachelor of Business (Major in Accounting) at Southern Cross University in 1997.  Paul joined Michael in Lismore in October 1997 prior to moving to Ballina in August 2000. Paul is an authorised representative of Centrepoint Alliance through Quantum Wealth Solutions, and has been financial planning since 2000. Paul grew up in the local area and now lives in Lismore.  Paul is married to Jemima and he has 2 children, Poppy and Piper. His interests include all sports, his passion being baseball and rugby league.

Lucy Alcock
Office Manager

Lucy commenced work in November 2013 and has completed traineeships in Certificate III and Certificate IV in Business Administration winning an Award of Excellence from North Coast TAFE. Lucy has grown up in the local area and her interest’s include socialising with family and friends, reading and walking.

Blake Johnson

Blake’s accounting career commenced in February 2004. Blake joined Gaertner & Associates in October 2007 where he specialises in taxation. Blake has been living in the region since 1994 and currently resides in Lismore with his wife, Rebecca and is a proud father to his young sons. Blake has many interests including golf, squash, cricket and rugby league.

Frangi Spilsbury

Frangi commenced work with Gaertner & Associates in May 2017 when she moved to Lismore from the Sunshine Coast. Frangi previously worked as an accountant on the Sunshine Coast but moved to Lismore when her husband received a placement at the Lismore Base Hospital. Frangi is CPA qualified and likes to keep up to date with changes in tax law. On the weekends Frangi enjoys going to the beach and relaxing, as well as exploring all of the beautiful towns around Northern NSW.

Dawn Back

Dawn commenced work with Gaertner & Associates in July 2009.  Dawn has a wealth of experience having worked in the industry since 1971.  Dawn grew up in Clovass and moved to Lismore when she started working.  Dawn is married to Graham and currently lives in Goonellabah.  Dawn has many interests including church activities, reading, football and above all family.

Kylie Griffith

Kylie commenced work at Gaertner & Associates in October 2013. Kylie grew up in the local area and is married to Paul with 3 children. Kylie’s interests include spending time with her family, socialising with friends, reading, walking and kayaking.


Isabella Fitzpatrick

Isabella commenced work at Gaertner & Associates in February 2017. She was raised in the local area and completed Year 11 at Kadina High School in 2015. Isabella’s interests include art, music and spending time with family and friends.