Course Overview

Course Code
Course price
Payment options
Upfront, payment plan
Funding available
Not applicable
Start date
Anytime – start today
Course duration
20 weeks
Support available
Online, Telephone
Study mode

Potential career outcomes

  • Payroll Officer
  • BAS Agent
  • Small Business Owner
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Accounts Payable/Receivable

Course description

Whether you are new to payroll or seeking to gain more experience in your current role, our highly practical payroll training is a great choice.

This nationally-recognised course (FNSBKG405A) teaches you to perform duties like recording and preparing payroll documentation, dealing with payroll-related enquiries, and processing payroll from provided data in manual and computerised systems.

You will also partially fulfil the competencies provided by the Tax Practitioners Board to become a registered BAS agent by completing this unit. Contact us for further information.

With experienced trainers on-hand and quality course materials online, you can work at a pace that fits your lifestyle. This means you can study anywhere, anytime. Enrol now.

Course Structure

Skills Learnt

Record payroll data

Set up and check payroll system to ensure employee data is included, check payroll data and clarify discrepancies with designated persons, enter employee pay period details, deductions and allowances in payroll system, and calculate payment due to employees to reflect standard pay and variations.

Payroll preparation

Prepare payroll within designated timelines, calculate, record and reconcile employee entitlements, reconcile total payments for pay period and correct irregularities, obtain authorisation of payroll and individual pay advice in accordance with organisational requirements, and produce, check and record payroll records.

Handle payroll enquiries

Respond to payroll enquiries, provide information in accordance with organisational and legislative requirements, refer enquiries outside area of responsibility or knowledge to designated person, and complete follow-up action within designated timelines.

Maintain payroll

Maintain all information and recordkeeping relating to payroll, reconcile and produce month-end and year-end checklists to ensure compliance, update records and systems in line with salary reviews and other changes in employment status, put in place back-up and disaster recovery systems, distribute and generate payroll reports, and apply and extract business activity statements in accordance with relevant legislation and regulations.


There are no formal education prerequisites for this course.

English requirements

In this online course, you will need to read comprehensive learner workbooks and textbooks, undertake a range of written assessments and independent research activities, and engage in online forums and discussions.

Entry requires the successful completion of Year 10 level English. If you have not achieved this, you can demonstrate this knowledge by:

  • Completion of a nationally-recognised training qualification at a Certificate III level or higher
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication
  • completing our pre-course commencement Literacy, Language and Numeracy assessment.

Computer requirements

  • A modern up to date internet browser
  • Adobe Flash player plug in
  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software