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FNSSS00012 Payroll Administrator Skill Set

The ultimate course for all payroll specialists

Get Payroll Qualified with the latest industry qualification for payroll specialists

The FNSSS00012 Payroll Administrator course is designed for those currently working in payroll admin and management roles looking to advance their knowledge of payroll practices and be compliant with industry standards and regulations.

Payroll requires complex and specialised knowledge and understanding, ensure your skills match industry expectation today. This course has been developed by payroll specialists covering current legislation, awards rates and relevant state and territory laws.

Applied Education is the leader in payroll training and has been delivering courses in this field since 1999.

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Payment Options

Upfront Payment

Payroll Administrator Skill Set

RRP $1550$1395

Instant Access
Includes digital learning material,
bonus upskill courses & dedicated support

Payment Plan

Payroll Administrator Skill Set

RRP $234$208 per month
$250 initial deposit + 6 monthly payments

Includes digital learning material,
bonus upskill courses & dedicated support

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 or book an enrolment consultation.

  • Bookkeeping & Payroll Experts

    Training experts since 1999

  • ICB Membership

    2 year student membership with Institute of Certified Bookkeepers included

  • Amazing Support

    Expert trainers and passionate support

  • Online Video Tutorials

    Hundreds of tutorials covering key learning concepts

Comprehensive Payroll Learning

Becoming A Specialist Payroll Officer or Payroll Manager

This skill set is the fast-track way to ensure you have a nationally recognised payroll qualification to match your experience.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to perform a range of tasks including:

  • Manage payroll compliance as well as use accounting software including Xero and MYOB
  • Process complex payroll functions such as salary packaging, FBT and termination of employment
  • Process and manage superannuation
  • Run management reports for payroll
  • Be compliant with industry regulations and tax obligations relevant to payroll function such as PAYG, FBT, Superannuation, Entitlements and more.

Applied Education also offers the Diploma of Payroll Services if you are looking to attain a higher level qualification.

Student Membership Included

Receive a 24-month student membership to the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (RRP $132).


FNSSS00012 Payroll Administrator Skill Set

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

FNSSS00012 Payroll Administrator Skill Set is assessed under the Principles of Competency-based training, students have to demonstrate their ability to do all activities in each Unit of Competency. There are 5 Units of Competency in this course.

  • FNSPAY511 Process salary packaging arrangements and additional allowances in payroll
  • FNSPAY512 Process superannuation payments in payroll
  • FNSPAY513 Process complex employee terminations in payroll
  • FNSPAY514 Interpret and apply knowledge of industrial regulations relevant to payroll
  • FNSPAY515 Interpret and apply knowledge of taxation systems relevant to payroll

(Release status: Current)

Payroll Administrator Skill Set 1 MYOB Student Edition is included with this course. MYOB is used to complete 3 units - FNSPAY511 FNSPAY512, FNSPAY513.

6-month Payment Plan

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

  • An administration fee of $100 is added for this option
  • All you need is a valid credit or debit card
  • Pay a $250 deposit at commencement of course
  • Remainder to be paid over six equal monthly instalments

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.

You will have up to 12 months to complete this payroll course. There is no minimum time frame.

The nominal study and assessment time is 600 hours. 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. 

Digital course training manuals for the Payroll Administrator Skill Set are included as part of the course at no additional cost.

We also provide videos and case studies to assist your understanding and learning of key payroll concepts.

If required, hard copy manuals can also be optionally purchased ($200 for the set). Please note the digital manuals are non-printable and non-editable.


Your learning journey is about becoming "competent" in the subject matter. Our in-house course writers and assessment team have accounting, bookkeeping and payroll experience or are currently working in the industry. With this in mind we try and make the tasks relevant to what you will experience in the real world. The purpose is not to just pass or fail, rather to become competent using these skills which you can then apply in the real world.


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 are completed using a variety of methods and are submitted via our online student portal. They are open book, from either your home, office or classroom, and comprise theoretical and practical exercises.

MYOB unit assessments use MYOB Student version.

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

FNSSS00012 Payroll Administration Skill Set is offered as online study.

This is a convenient, effective and affordable way to learn when and where you want. All your learning materials, resources and support are available on our Student Platform. It is easy to navigate, you can track your progress and complete all your assessment in one place.

Online learning is flexible to suit your study journey.

We provide you with the following:

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

Recognised Prior Learning

Do you already have payroll skills or experience? Put your skills and knowledge towards your formal qualification. With this option you will put together a portfolio of your work to demonstrate a good understanding of the learning outcomes in the course. The portfolio will contain files such as payroll and BAS information, along with letters and reports that you currently use on a day to day basis.

  • Full list of evidence criteria
  • Detailed templates
  • Checklists

You will still be able to access all of the resources available to online self-paced students.

We find that for many students, RPL is a more complex process than completing the self paced study and doing the activities, unless you have sound experience in all the units of study and are able to provide a portfolio of evidence. To find out more about the cost and process involved, speak to our Student Support team.

Receive a 12-month student membership to the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (valued at $132).

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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 download MYOB Student Edition Software.

# 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.

Potential jobs for payroll professionals:

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

At Applied Education, we believe in equipping our students with the tools they need to succeed. That's why we're proud to offer a complimentary Office 365 A1 subscription to all of our students. This includes access to Microsoft's web-version of Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, as well as your very own student email address. Not only will you be able to create and collaborate on amazing content with the 365 Office app, but your student email address also comes with exclusive discounts and special student pricing at many popular businesses and online stores. Start taking advantage of this as soon as you enrol.

Payroll Administrator Skill Set 2

Free Short Course Bundle 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)

Fundamentals (Popular)

5 Online Courses
Payroll Administration
Excel Introductory & Intermediate
Google Sheets
Certificate in MYOB Bookkeeping

(Bundle value $841)

Xero & MYOB

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

(Bundle value $685)

* 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

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Accreditation & Industry Partners

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.

Nationally Recognised Training - FNSSS00012 Payroll Administrator Skill Set is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

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