Course Title: Manage payroll

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: ACCT5270C

Course Title: Manage payroll

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5221 - Diploma of Business Administration

Course Contact : Sylvia Baroutis

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 5469

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Louise Belyuga (Class facilitator)


Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to establish and monitor security procedures for managing organisational payroll services and to calculate and process salary payments, group taxation and related payments.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBFIM502A Manage payroll


1. Establish procedures for the management of payroll

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Establish security procedures that ensure the confidentiality and security of payroll information

1.2 Ensure procedures guarantee substantiation of claims for allowances

1.3 Establish control measures to safeguard organisation's financial resources in accordance with legislative and organisational requirements

1.4 Establish systems to ensure that statutory obligations are met and records are kept for the period determined by government legislation


2. Prepare payroll data

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use nominated industrial awards, contracts and government legislation to calculate gross pay and annual salaries

2.2 Calculate statutory and voluntary deductions using government and employee documentation

2.3 Provide payroll data to payroll processor for calculation within designated time lines


3. Authorise payment of salaries

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Check payroll, and atuhorise salaries and wages for payment in accordance with organisational policy and procedures

3.2 Reconcile salaries, wages and deductions in accordance with organisational policy and procedures

3.3 Deal with salary, wage and related enquiries in accordance with organisational policy and procedures


4. Administer salary records

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Process declaration forms for new and existing employees in accordance with Australian Taxation Office requirements

4.2 Forward periodic deductions to nominated creditors within designated time lines

4.3 Prepare and despatch payments to government authorities accurately and in accordance with the relevant government legislation

4.4 Calculate and transcribe group tax amounts and make payments in accordance with taxation procedures

4.5 Prepare and reconcile employee group certificate amounts from salary records

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include class and group discussions, exercises and ’hands-on’ computer activities in relation to MYOB and payroll management.

Teaching Schedule

Week Beginning


1. 11 February

Introduction to course
Payroll legislation and requirements
Underpinning knowledge
Class discussion
Unit 2 - Student textbook
(A Step by Step Approach to Managing Payroll - MYOB AccountRight v19)

2. 18 February

Setting up payroll
Payroll procedures
Class discussion
Activity - Unit 3 - Student textbook

3. 25 February

Class discussion
Activity - Unit 3 - Student textbook

4. 4 MarchCompletion of setup of employees
Class discussion
Activity - Unit 3 - Student textbook
5. 11 MarchProcessing the payroll
Class discussion
Activity - Unit 4 - Student textbook
6. 18 MarchVerifying data
Class discussion
Payroll procedures
Activity - Unit 5 - Student textbook
7. 25 MarchPayroll procedures
Class discussion
Activity - Unit 5 Student textbook
 Assessment 1 Portfolio due (Part 1)
8. 8 AprilEmployer/employee obligations
Class discussion
Activity - Unit 6 Student textbook
9.15 AprilEmployer/employee obligations
Class discussion
Activity - Unit 6 Student textbook
10.22 AprilOther payroll issues
Class discussion
Salary sacrifice
Long service leave
Termination payments
Activities Units 7/8/9 Student textbook
11.29 AprilOther payroll issues (cont)
Class discussion
Activity Unit 8/9
12.26 MayPayroll exercise

Assessment 2 - Revision exercise
Consolidation Exercise Unit 9


13. 13 MayPayroll exercise 
14. 20 MayRevision
Payroll exercise
15. 27 MayAssessmentAssessment 3 - Final assessment
16. 3 JuneAssessment Resubmissions 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A Step by Step Approach to Manage Payroll MYOB AccountRight Plus v19, Brown, M, Software Publications Pty Ltd 2011



Other Resources

RMIT Library

myRMIT Studies

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including in-class exercises, problem-solving exercises, assignments, group or individual projects, presentations and written or practical tests, as well as homework activities.

Other activities may be workplace-based or simulated work practices. These may include the production of technical requirements documents, direct observation of workplace practices and the presentation of a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio may include documents, photographs, video and/or audio files.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

Assessment Tasks

Assessments are based on the prescribed text - A Step by Step Approach to Manage Payroll MYOB AccountRight Plus v19, Brown, M. Software Publications Pty Ltd, Sydney, 2011

Assessment 1 - Portfolio of Evidence (Due weekly)

Students should complete set exercises as set out in the Teaching Schedule.  These should be shown to your teacher in class on a weekly basis who will provide ongoing feedback. You should collate the exercises in a ’Portfolio of Evidence’.

Assessment 2 - In class Revision Exercise (Due Week 12)

This assessment will be held in a supervised class setting.  It will be an ’open-book’ case-study assessment on a range of payroll topics when you will demonstrate your competency in the elements using the computer package MYOB.

Assessment 3 - Final Assessment (Due Week 15)

This assessment will be held in a supervised class setting.  It will be an ’open-book’ case-study assessment on a range of payroll topics when you will demonstrate your competency in the elements using the computer package MYOB.

Students must pass all assessments to be competent in this course.

Special Consideration

Special Consideration is a process that enables the University to take account of unexpected circumstances such as illness, injury or bereavement that affect a student’s performance in assessment.  Forms are available from  Further information can be accessed from

Variations to Assessment

A change will not be made to the form or forms of assessment as detailed in the Course Guide unless:

1. the students enrolled in that course have received notice in writing of the proposed change; and
2. the change is approved by the Head of School and not less than 70% of the students enrolled in that course.

Appealing Assessment

You are entitled to appeal assessment results. Refer to RMIT Policy - Appeal Against Assessment Result available at in the Teaching and Learning Policy area.

Students are required to attempt all assessments and be rated as competent against all performance criteria to pass the course.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

RMIT University recognises nationally accredited or endorsed qualifications and statements of attainment issued to the student by other Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s). Also, RMIT provides credit for work experience or other forms of life experience that match the learning outcomes/competencies of RMIT courses. You must provide evidence that is current, relevant, valid and verifiable that your experience matches the learning outcomes/competencies of the relevant course for which you are seeking credit. This evidence may include formal qualifications (certificates, etc); work samples; references; documents, etc.  Please speak to your teacher before applying

To apply, you should obtain an RPL Information Sheet. Forms are available on the RMIT website at You should complete the appropriate form (RPL and/or Credit Transfer), attach the relevant supporting documentation and submit the form to your facilitator for this unit.

Marking Guide (competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace.  Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ’competency based training’ (CBT).  So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.  You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.  You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing.  Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)

Each assessment task is marked as Competent or Not Yet Competent but not graded until achieving competency across the assessment tasks.  We then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:

We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to managing payroll.

We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in managing payroll.  You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all applicable principles for managing payroll in all the assessment tasks.

We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in managing payroll.  You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in managing payroll in a workplace with people and how these might be addressed.

We expect to see ongoing demonstration of an ability to plan your time (both in and outside of class) in order to produce the required work, together with timely submission of all required assessment tasks.

We expect to see contributions to relevant class discussions and/or group discussions. 


CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

1. Establish procedures for the management of payroll2. Prepare payroll data3. Authorise payment of salaries4. Administer salary recordsUnderpinning skillsUnderpinning knowledge
Assessment 1 - PortfolioXXXXX
Assessment 2 - In-class RevisionXXXXX
Assessment 3 - Final AssessmentXXXXX

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