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Payroll Officer

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

What's it like to be a Payroll Officer?

Payroll Officers are responsible for processing payroll, tax calculations, deductions and preparing monthly, quarterly and year-end financial statements. The role may also include elements of accounts payable and light bookkeeping responsibilities.

Payroll Officer

Tasks and duties

  • Handle superannuation and annual leave
  • Maintaining accurate data and system changes
  • Assist with month-end and payroll reporting
  • Being a key point of contact for all payroll queries
  • Superannuation, PAYG and Payroll Tax calculations, terminations and payments.
  • Updating and maintaining payroll records.
  • Setting up new, and maintaining existing employees.

What can I earn as a Payroll Officer?

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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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Latest Payroll Officer reviews

Latest reviews from 55 Payroll Officers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Payroll Officer roles are such important yet a very challenging and rewarding role
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Commerce
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Finance
The good things
Challenging role that requires excellent time management skills as it is a deadline reliable role. Always busy and requires great numeracy and accuracy skills
The challenges
Sometimes depending on the fortnight (amount of work, public holidays etc), meeting the deadline. Dealing with difficult queries and employees that do not understand the processes and procedures of th...
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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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