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Payroll Officer Courses

Payroll Officers take care of an organisation’s wages and salaries — preparing payroll data from timesheets and employee records, then processing the payments.

As a Payroll Officer you’ll be creating confidential employee files, using and maintaining a computerised payroll system, ensuring employer and employee contributions to tax and other deductions are paid correctly, and calculating annual leave or severance pays. This job requires a high degree of focus as accuracy is critical.

Please note: in smaller organisations payroll officers are often expected to take on accounting duties (e.g., processing debtors and creditors).

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Popular Payroll Officer Courses

There are 21 courses available for people who want to become a Payroll Officer. These are the top 5 most popular courses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Payroll Officers earn?

In Australia, a full time Payroll Officer generally earns $1,442 per week ($74,984 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience can you expect a higher salary than people who are new to the role.

What are the job opportunities for Payroll Officers?

There are currently 40,000 Payroll Officers employed in Australia right now and this job role grew very strongly over the last 5 years. Payroll Officers work in all industries and employment sectors — from small business through to large corporations.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Payroll Officer?

Payroll Officers need a strong understanding of industry awards, ATO and Fair Work requirements. The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting (taking the payroll specialisation) is the minimum qualification. We also suggest the Diploma of Payroll Services.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within accounting, bookkeeping, human resources and payroll. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.

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