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Payroll Officer

Process the payroll, calculate tax, and coordinate the payment of employees within a business or company.

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Payroll Officer is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Payroll Officer


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It’s possible to work as a Payroll Officer without a formal qualification, however, many employers require a vocational qualification such as a Certificate III in Accounts Administration (FNS30317).

  1. Complete a vocational qualification in payroll administration which may be a Certificate III in Accounts Administration (FNS30317) or a Diploma of Payroll Services (FNS50417).
  2. Complete suitable units or gain experience in using payroll systems such as MYOB or Xero. This could be done through a course such as a Certificate in MYOB Bookkeeping or Xero Accounting and Payroll.
  3. Consider undertaking further study in either a Diploma of Human Resources Management (BSB50618) or a Bachelor of Accounting to assist your progression into more senior roles.

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How do Payroll Officers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 29 Payroll Officers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.4
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
3.4
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
3.8

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Nov 2018
Payroll can be a great job but you need to be surrounded by a good team with great procedures
Reviewer's Qualification
Completed High School (Year 12)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Payroll
The good things
When you have a good team it can be a rewarding position, suits people who are highly organised. If you like using systems and spreadsheets then youll be in your element.
The challenges
Cant be very stressful if management havent put procedures in place. Legislation changes and different EBAs mean you have to be on the ball.
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Nov 2018
Payroll is a great job, challenging and satisfying.
Reviewer's Qualification
Higher School Certificate
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
HR/Payroll
The good things
The good things If you enjoy the challenge of working logically and using your numeracy skills then payroll is for you! The employees are generally, but not always appreciative of your efforts to hav...
The challenges
With any challenging situation always communicate accurately and truthfully, with parties involved with the problem, stay calm and think the problem through logically. Have confidence in decisions you...
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