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Abt Associates Payroll Officer in Brisbane, Australia

  • Opportunity to join a close-knit Finance team and support our busy payroll function

  • Permanent, full-time role with flexible work arrangements available

  • Values-driven, global organisation specialising in the international development sector

The Opportunity

The Payroll Officer will assist and undertake the processing of all full end-to-end domestic and international salary payments to our Australian and global workforce through the Asia Pacific region and the UK.

Reporting to our Payroll Manager, you will:

  • Assist in ensuring the accurate and timely payment and distribution of all salaries and wages as per employment contracts, organisational policies, awards and other legislative requirements relevant to Australian and international payroll processing

  • Assist with the accurate and timely payment and distribution of all performance and bonus payments (as directed by management)

  • Assist with the accurate interpretation and application of agreements, contracts, awards and taxation legislation within Australia and internationally, and advise management on these as required

  • Assist in the design and implementation of enhancements to Abt Associates’ payroll system, payroll policies and payroll procedures

  • Assist in the preparation of balancing and reconciling payroll tax, PAYG tax, superannuation (Australian and international), Workers’ Compensation returns and end of financial year processing both within Australia and internationally

  • Maintain leave records and personnel files

  • Participate in internal and external audit activities as required by management

  • Assist in responding to queries regarding payroll across the organisation

  • Assist in undertaking other reasonable duties as directed

  • Assist the Payroll Manager with reconciling and end of financial year processing both within Australia and internationally

  • Provide a strong client (internal and external) focused customer service approach when responding to payroll queries across the organisation

About You

We are seeking an individual who will join our hardworking Finance team and bring the following skills and experience:

  • 2-3 years operational experience in dedicated high-volume payroll position/s (500+ people), and equivalent experience processing electronic payments to employees under Australian legislation

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience across all technical payroll activities, including Australian statutory and compliance related requirements

  • Demonstrated resilience and ability to effectively and professionally manage competing priorities, including an ability to respond with appropriate urgency to last minute payroll matters that arise

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise a high level of confidentiality and discretion regarding payroll activities and sensitive information received

  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with key personnel and stakeholders across all levels of the business

  • Ability to understand and apply jurisdiction requirements throughout the Asia-Pacific region and the UK

  • Experience with international payroll will be highly regarded

Further Information & How to Apply

Please submit your application online, attach your CV and a cover letter (as a single PDF document) addressing how you meet the requirements of this role. You must have full Australian working rights to be eligible for consideration for this role.

This position has no closing date, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply. Abt Associates acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we live and work. We pay respect to elders both past and present.

Abt Associates a mission-driven, global leader with a proven track record in complex program implementation in the international development sector. We offer bold solutions and technical excellence in Health, Economic Growth, Governance, Research & Evaluation, Environment & Energy, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion. Working with our many partners, we have driven measurable social impact for more than 55 years, to achieve our mission of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. We operate in remote and challenging environments and employ more than 3,700 staff in over 50 countries. For more information about us and what we do, visit our website at


Abt Associates values individuality and celebrates difference with a strong commitment to diversity, equality, racial equity and inclusion. We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, skills and knowledge, so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.


We are deeply committed to safeguarding, to protect and prevent harm and abuse to individuals we work for and who work for us. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. We will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, child abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation in any form, and expect everyone to be treated with respect and dignity.