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Payroll Administrator Skill Set

The ultimate course for all payroll specialists

Get Payroll Qualified with the latest industry qualification for payroll specialists

The 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 new course, released in October 2020, 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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Comprehensive Payroll Learning

Online Learning
Instant Access

Study at your own pace

New Industry Qualification

Includes ICB Student Membership

No prior qualifications are required just experience


Dedicated support - Bonus upskill courses

Commence any time


RRP $1550

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

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

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.

Key Benefits

Bonus Online Learning Courses

Additional Fundamental Learning Bundle included. Start any time.

Bookkeeping and Payroll Experts

Applied Education love Accounting, we have been delivering bookkeeping and payroll courses since 1999.

ICB Membership

Receive a 2-year student membership to the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

Amazing Support

Accounting is our passion, all our trainers and assessors have qualifications and experience in accounting and education.

Payroll Administrator Skill Set

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

This course comprises 5 units of competency that are studied in the following order:

FNSPAY501 Process salary packaging arrangements and additional allowances in payroll
FNSPAY502 Process superannuation payments in payroll
FNSPAY503 Process complex employee terminations in payroll
FNSPAY504 Interpret and apply knowledge of industrial regulations relevant to payroll
FNSPAY505 Interpret and apply knowledge of taxation systems relevant to payroll

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. 

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.

FNSSS00012 Payroll Administration Skill Set is offer as online study.

This is a convenient, effective and affordable way to learn when and where you want. All you 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 which is more straight forward process than RPL, unless you have sound experience in all the units of study and are able to provide a portfolio of evidence. To find ou more about the cost and process involved, speak to our Student Support team.

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

Receive a 12-month student membership to the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (valued at $120).

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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

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.

Payroll Administrator Skill Set 1

Free Fundamentals Bundle Included

Choose 1 FREE 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)

Looking for more Payroll Course Options

Diploma of Payroll Services

Looking for a Diploma level qualification?
Enrol in FNS50417 Diploma Payroll Services and study online with expert assessors and trainers. Include includes classroom recordings and comprehensive 2020 training manuals.

If you have previously completed a Certificate IV in Accounting/Bookkeeping, you may be eligible for a credit transfer.

Accounts & Payroll Short Course Bundle

Enrol in our Short Course Bundle and access four courses covering:

  • Payroll Administration
  • BAS & GST
  • Salary Packaging
  • Terminations

Certificates of Participation for each course with a total of 18 CPD hours.

Student Support - The Applied Education Difference

  • Amazing Support

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

  • Online Support

    Dedicated Student Support Team and
    Ticket Lodgement to track support

  • Facebook & Student Forums

    Dedicated Facebook Support Group - Over 2,000 student only members. Dedicated Forums

  • Phone Support

    Assessors & Student Services Team available

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 FNSSS00012 Payroll Administrator Skill Set is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

Accreditation & Industry partners

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"Am I ready to study checklist?" included

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