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About Us

Serving Darwin, the Northern Territory, the Tanami and the Kimberley region of Western Australia since 1970

Our Primary Objective:

Our primary objective is not complicated. It is simply to offer you, the client, a high level of professionalism in everything we do and to exceed your expectations in the process.


Colin James has been a Darwin resident for more than 30 years and was previously an Executive Partner of Ernst & Young for more than 25 years, in both their Melbourne and Darwin offices. Colin has also served on many Boards in the past and continues to do so, including a number with specific Aboriginal interests. These include indigenous joint ventures with a multi-national listed company and a remote indigenous 4 star tourist resort.

Chris Hochman has been a Darwin resident for 50 years and has a wealth of experience in the accounting, taxation and consulting fields. Prior to joining Lowrys, Chris was a Senior Manager with “Big 4” international accounting practices Ernst & Young and Deloitte in Darwin. He has over 25 years of practical experience and professional qualifications & memberships include: Associate, Institute of Chartered Accountants, and Registered Tax Agent. Chris previously ran his own practice and is keenly aware of difficulties faced by small business owners.

The senior management team of Lowrys in particular are all long term and respected Darwin residents who have been providing quality services to clients for many years. We work with associations, individuals, business entities and their management teams, helping them to turn dreams and ideas into thriving or expanded businesses through adopting an holistic approach.

The Lowrys Difference

Factors which differentiate Lowrys Accountants from other accounting firms in the Northern Territory include:

  • Having the lowest staff turnover of any of the significant accounting firms in Darwin, we have a pro-active approach to staff management & development, and the harmonious working environment we have created, has resulted in a beneficial continuity of staff. Continuity gives clients confidence that the staff they are dealing with will know and understand their specific circumstances and are with them for the long haul. Remote community clients especially prefer to deal with the same people over extended periods to establish trust & good working relationships, leading to more effective services.
  • Lowrys is also very sensitive to the impact cultural issues have on the operation of Aboriginal community organisations, and the extent to which individuals in positions of authority may be influenced by cultural pressures. This does not diminish our responsibility to highlight irregularities which may flow from such pressures, but we are well placed to suggest ways in which such situations may be avoided or minimised without community disruption.

Confidence in Confidentiality:

Lowrys understand the importance of client confidentiality, and the privacy of individuals associated with clients. All employees joining the firm are required to sign a confidentiality undertaking and well understand any breach would be viewed most seriously. Lowrys is also covered by appropriate Professional Indemnity & Public Liability Insurance, and Certificates of Currency are available to be viewed at any time.

Planning Service

We have extensive contacts with legal practitioners, financial planning, and estate planners. We liaise with clients and representatives to achieve the desired estate plan.

Audit &
Evaluation Service

We provide audit and valuation services upon request. We are happy to provide an Expression of Interest for all external auditing services. Lowrys currently provide audit services across the entire Northern Territory, including Kununurra and the Pilbara Region in Western Australia

Our Team

Territorians committed to the Territory.

Colin James

Colin James


Chris Hochman

Chris Hochman

Chartered Accountant

Denise Ashworth

Denise Ashworth

Business Administration Manager

Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below some answers to some of the more common FAQs.

Yes, we currently do audits on a variety of entities including Not for Profits

Yes, we do tax returns for all entities.

A Free No obligation quote and scale of fees can be provided after examination of clients record.

We will provide financial advice in relation to your business accounting and taxation affairs. We are not financial planners and cannot offer investment advice. We do have excellent relationships with financial planners and are happy to coordinate with existing or new financial planners.

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