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FNS50417 Diploma of Payroll Services

Advance your career as a payroll professional

Take your payroll skills to the next level or looking for a job in payroll?

Applied Education has been delivering payroll courses since 1999. We understand the importance of properly trained payroll staff who can efficiently process payroll using the most up-to-date technology and comply with all relevant state and territory laws.

The Diploma of Payroll Services is the industry qualification which will prepare you in becoming a payroll professional and enable you to perform a vast array of functions including:

  • Manage payroll
  • Process salary packaging and complex terminations
  • Process and manage superannuation
  • Be compliant with industrial regulations and taxation systems relevant to payroll.

Payroll has become such an important function that businesses want employees with specialised skills and knowledge that can only be obtained through a nationally recognised qualification.

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Diploma of Payroll Course Options

Upgrade Package
Diploma of Payroll
With Credits

From$1620 for 6 units RRP $1790
  • Previously completed a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or Accounting you may be eligible to enrol in our Upgrade Package
  • Contact us to discuss your options
  • Online Learning Platform - Study at your own pace
  • Nationally Recognised
  • Also includes video tutorials and bonus upskill courses

Complete Course

Diploma of Payroll

$2440 RRP $2690
  • New Industry Qualification
    for Payroll Professionals
  • Online Learning Platform - Start immediately
  • Includes video tutorials and bonus upskill courses
  • Nationally Recognised
  • Student membership Institute of Certificate Bookkeepers

Not sure which course is right for you? Completed prior units and may be eligible for credits? Call us on 1800 678 073 for a consultation with a course coordinator.

Cert IV Upgrade Package

If you have previously completed a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or Accounting, you may be eligible to enrol in our Upgrade Package to attain the FNS50417 Diploma of Payroll Services. Please include your statement of attainment when enrolling.

ICB Membership

Students are eligible for a 24-month student membership to the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (valued at $120)


Diploma of Payroll Services

Let's take a look at what you are going to learn and the important information to know before you enrol.

The Diploma of Payroll Services comprises 11 units of study.

  • FNSACC313 Perform financial calculations
  • BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets
  • FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems
  • BSBFIM502 Manage Payroll
  • FNSACC411 Process business tax requirements
  • FNSPAY504 Interpret and apply knowledge of industrial regulations relevant to payroll
  • FNSPAY505 Interpret and apply knowledge of taxation systems relevant to payroll
  • FNSPAY501 Process salary packaging arrangements and additional allowances in payroll
  • FNSPAY502 Process superannuation payments in payroll
  • FNSPAY503 Process complex employee terminations in payroll
  • FNSINC401 Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry

FNS50417 Diploma of Payroll Services 1 MYOB Student Edition is included with this course. MYOB is used to complete 4 units - FNSTPB402, FNSPAY501 FNSPAY502, FNSPAY503.

Other units from an endorsed training package can be considered towards elective component on request.

If you have previously completed a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40211/FNS40215/FNS40615/FNS40217) you may be eligible for our Upgrade Package. Email us us before enrolling to assist with assessing your eligibility for a credit transfer.

A new course code FNS50422 Diploma of Payroll Services has been released. We are currently developing the updated material. As the new course closely matches our current units there will be very little change to your course and we expect that students will not notice any difference during the change. We will keep you updated and smoothly transfer you into the new course if you have enrolled after 14 June 2022.

The maximum duration to complete the Diploma of Payroll Services is 12 months with 1200 nominal course hours.

There is no minimum time frame to complete the course. However, this is a guide only. As an online course, the time it will take to complete is flexible and dependent on your ability, knowledge and time available. It is important that you choose a pace that suits your needs.

Payment Plans

We understand not everyone has the financial resources upfront to invest in training, so we offer payment plans to get you moving faster towards your future.

  • Pay a $250 deposit at commencement of course
  • Remainder is paid over 6 or 12 equal monthly instalments, depending on the option selected.
  • An administration fee of $100 applies for the 6 month option, and $150 for the 12 month option.
  • All you need is a valid credit or debit card.

Concessions on Courses

Concession pricing is available for eligible students as per the Student Handbook. Proof of concession must be provided at the time of enrolment; please contact us to apply for a concession rate when enrolling.

Refund Policy

Refer to the Student Handbook for our refund policy. This course includes a non-refundable administration fee of $250.

FNS50417 Online study is a convenient, effective and affordable way to learn when and where you want.

We provide you with the following:

  • Quality materials
  • Videos and webinars
  • Amazing Support from our assessors and student support team
  • Online assessments and exams
  • Student Facebook group

The FNS450417 Diploma of Payroll Services has been developed to give you flexibility so that you can study at your own pace, in your own time and in your own environment. The best part is, with Applied Education we provide a high level of support for all our students and are here with you in your study journey.

We understand that students study in different ways. For the Diploma of Payroll Services, we provide extensive learning material and resources to support you on your learning journey:

  • Digital course training manuals (non-editable and non-printable) for each unit of competency
  • Video tutorials for some units covering key learning concepts
  • Reference resources
  • Case studies
  • Practice exercises
  • Interactive learning material

All course content, including assessments, is accessed via our online student portal.

If required, hard copy manuals can be purchased at additional cost. Hard copies for BSBFIA401 and FNSINC401 are purchased separately (approx. $130 ex postage) from an external publisher, full details are provided on enrolment. Hard copies for all other units are purchased directly from Applied Education ($300 incl postage).


Before starting this course, you will be required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) questionnaire. This quick questionnaire is used to determine your LLN skill level so that we can best support you in your studies.

Introductory Requirements & Units

The Introductory Requirements include an Oral Communication Skills Assessment and a Work Health and Safety Assessment.

The Unit assessments and exams are completed using a variety of methods and are submitted via our online student portal. They are conducted open book at either your home or office, and comprise of theoretical and practical exercises.

MYOB unit assessments use MYOB Student version.


Some units include an exam component, which needs to be independently supervised. Exams are three-hour, open-book assessments comprising of short answer and multiple choice questions, very similar in format to the unit assessments.

Exams must be completed within your course duration period. Prior to your exam, you will need to complete and return the Supervisor Nomination Form to Applied Education detailing your supervisor's information, contact details and the elected date of your assessment.

Exams can be undertaken at any location and time of your choosing, with the only condition being that you have a nominated, independent supervisor present. Your supervisor can be a person of responsibility such as a registered tax agent, member of an accounting professional body, public servant, doctor, nurse, police officer, director etc. who does not have a close personal or professional relationship with you.

If you cannot arrange a supervisor then we offer the following options for conducting your supervised assessment:

Skype Online - Online supervised exam with one of our staff members
Perth Training Centre - Level 1, 524 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
Melbourne Training Centre - Level 10, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Sydney Training Centre - Level 14, 275 Alfred St, North Sydney NSW 2060
Brisbane Training Centre - Level 1, 241 Adelaide St, Brisbane QLD 4000
Adelaide Training Centre - Level 3, 97 Pirie St, Adelaide SA 5000

If you require supervision of an assessment by Applied Education, additional costs may apply. Refer to Student Handbook.

To complete all units in this course, you will need:

  • A reliable internet connection as all data files and learning activities are available via our student platform.
  • A computer with a Microsoft Windows operating system.#
  • Microsoft Word and Excel.

We will provide links and instructions to access MYOB Student Edition Software and Xero Demo Company.

# Mac Users, Tablets and MYOB
MYOB software cannot be downloaded to tablets including Chromebooks and since 2020, MYOB is not compatible with Apple’s operating system.

If you only have access to a Mac computer, we recommend you first contact Apple to confirm if the following options are feasible on your computer:

  • purchase and install on your mac a windows emulator such as "parallels" to run windows on a Mac at your own cost; or
  • use the free inbuilt Mac Boot Camp Assistant on your Mac computer and purchase a Windows OS software licence. 

Note: Applied Education and MYOB are unable to support issues relating to a Mac computer.

Receive a 24-month student membership to the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (valued at $120).

ICB Membership Students

Potential jobs for payroll professionals;

  • Payroll Manager
  • Payroll Officer
  • Salary Packaging Administrator
  • Finance Manager
  • Payroll Consultant
  • Small business operator

Government Funding Available

Australian Government Older Workers Initiative

The Australian Government, through its Skills and Training Incentive, is providing a 50% co-contribution (up to $2,000 ex GST) towards training to support older Australians with reskilling or upskilling in order to remain in the workforce longer.

You are eligible for the Incentive if you:

  • are over 40 years of age
  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • are currently employed OR recently unemployed (less than 12 months) and not registered with an Australian Government employment services provider

Find out more about the Program can be found here.

FNS50417 Diploma of Payroll Services 2

Free Short Course Bundles Included

Choose 1 FREE Fundamentals bundle or 2 for $295, or all 3 for $495 when you enrol.
Perfect to meet CPE/CPD requirements and upskill.


5 Online Courses
Excel Introductory & Intermediate
Word Introductory & Intermediate
Microsoft Outlook

(Bundle value $495)

Xero & MYOB
Fundamentals (Popular)

3 Online Courses
Certificate in Xero Accounting
Certificate in Xero Payroll
Certificate in MYOB Bookkeeping

(Bundle value $685)

CPE Club
12-month Subscription

10 New Webinars
Extensive Library of Past Webinars
Updates on Current Rates and Rulings
Certificates of Participation

(Bundle value $495)

* If you are applying for funding for this course, there may be restrictions on Free Bundles depending on government funding eligibility requirements.

Student Support - The Applied Education Difference

  • Amazing Support

    Every student receives help getting started
    and can book a welcome call

  • Online Support

    Dedicated Support Team and Ticket Lodgement

  • Facebook & Student Forums

    Dedicated Facebook Study Group and Online Forums

  • Phone Support

    Talk to Assessors & Student Services Team

Looking for a Payroll Short Course?

6 Hours CPD - Online Instant Access

Accreditation & Industry Partners

Nationally Recognised Training

As a Registered Training Organisation (ID 52240), we comply with the government’s strict quality and consistency standards. We conduct regular audits to ensure we keep this accreditation and deliver the level of training you deserve.

The FNS50417 Diploma of Payroll Services is a nationally recognised certification in all states and territories of Australia.

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