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What do I need to study to become a Payroll Officer?


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What is a Payroll Officer?

Payroll Officers are primarily responsible for ensuring that a company’s employees are paid correctly and on time. They collect and process timesheets, manage databases and maintain records of staff wages, overtime, and leave.

Taking into account deductions such as tax and superannuation; the Payroll Officer calculates, prepares and distributes wages, bonuses and commissions. When new employees are hired, the Payroll Officer ensures all the relevant information is supplied, in order to correctly determine the pay for each person. It is up to the Payroll Officer to update the employee database and, when an employee leaves, ascertain payout figures and entitlements.

Beyond paying wages, the Payroll Officer is typically also tasked with monitoring government legislation relating to tax and payment standards, advising management of relevant changes and ensuring that the company is in compliance.

What do do?

  • Creating and updating personnel files.
  • Collecting and checking timesheets and other relevant data to prepare payroll.
  • Recording employee information such as contact details, hours worked, leave taken, overtime, promotions and tax deductions.
  • Processing and distributing wage and salary payments.
  • Verifying final payouts and entitlements to fired, transferred or retiring staff
  • Maintaining up to date knowledge of current industrial awards, taxation and superannuation standards.
  • Supplying reports and information to managers and employees regarding payroll legislation and changes.

Career snapshot for Payroll Officer

  • The average age of working is 44.
  • 15.60% of are male.
  • 62.80% of work full-time and on average they work around 36.9 hours per week.
  • With A Certificate II or III, get paid $1,054 per week Before Tax.
  • Unemployment levels are below average.
  • In 2015 records showed 32,700 employed .
  • The projected growth of the profession is estimated to be stable with employment numbers around 32,500 by 2020.