Accounting

Payroll Officer

Payroll officers manage payroll systems, calculate wages including deductions, and ensure employees are paid accurately and on time.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

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What does a Payroll Officer do?

Payroll officers manage payroll systems, calculate wages including deductions, and ensure employees are paid accurately and on time.

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Work activities

As a payroll officer, you would:

  • verify employees' working hours
  • enter data into payroll systems
  • calculate overtime, shift work payments and pay increases
  • manage deductions including tax, insurances, leave loading and expenses
  • process salary and wage payments
  • answer employee and staff queries about pay issues
  • issue pay slips and group certificates.
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Key skills and interests

To become a payroll officer, you would need:

  • strong numeracy skills
  • good time management and organisation
  • record keeping skills
  • an ability to work as part of a team.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a payroll officer you would typically work a standard number of hours per week. At certain times in the financial year, overtime may be necessary. Part-time work may be available.

Conditions

You would usually work in an office environment and spend your time using a computer and specialist accounting software.

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How to become an Payroll Officer?

Entry Level Education

To become a payroll officer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in business or accounts administration. You may be able to study through distance education.

You may also become a payroll officer through a traineeship in Financial Services. Generally, employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

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Job outlook

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Employment prospects for payroll officers are expect to remain relatively steady over the next five years.

Regulatory requirements (superannuation, medicare, penalty rates etc.) in Australia continue to add to the complexity of payroll administration at the same time as software advancements offer the scope for greater efficiency in payroll administration.

Payroll officers with good technology skills will therefore have relatively better prospects over time.

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