Course Name:

Establish and maintain payroll systems (TPB approved)

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Career pathways:

Bookkeeper, BAS Agent, Payroll Officer

Establish and maintain a payroll system

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    Key Benefits


    Unlimited same-day study support from a dedicated tutor via live online support sessions, student discussion forums, email and phone.

    TPB Approved

    TPB approved BAS Agent Course Unit

    Industry Experts

    The unit is designed and delivered by qualified trainers and assessors who are accounting and bookkeeping industry experts.

    Course Overview

    Obtain a nationally recognised BAS Agent Course qualification that’s ideal for payroll workers who already have work experience in the field or require a qualification to work in the bookkeeping industry and register with Tax Practitioners Board (TPB). This is approved by TPB for payroll workers.

    FNSTPB412 Establish and maintain payroll systems unit is completed with Xero accounting software.

    Heed Education offers this course Australia wide, including New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania.

    Course Features

    FNSTPB412 Establish and maintain payroll systems
    Course Duration
    3 Months
    Delivery Method
    Case studies, written question and answers, exam, projects, reports, third party report, observation, skills and knowledge tests.
    Awarded By
    Heed Education (RTO#45064)

    Pre-requisite and entry requirement

    Please note there is no formal education or entry requirement for this course but before commencement of the course, students shall be requested by Heed Education to complete a short Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) online test along with a Work Health and Safety Assessment.

    Students should hold one of the following:

    • Australian citizenship
    • Australian permanent residency
    • A valid visa for domestic study without study limitations

    Minimum Age

    Minimum age entry requirement is 15 years.

    Computer specification and requirement

    To complete an online self-paced course (distance learning environment), a student will require the following resources:

    • A functional computer/laptop (Windows or Mac) with currently supported version of Windows or Mac Operating System;
    • Computer/laptop installed Microsoft office 2010 or above;
    • In-built speaker & microphone or external headsets;
    • Internet;
    • Smartphone.

    Computer/Digital skills

    A significant portion of the course is completed through online learning hence students are expected to have the following computer/digital skills:

    • File Management: create and manage computer files (Microsoft Office, PDF documents, audio, video files etc.) including how to find, download, copy, rename, recover, print, scan and organize your files;
    • Use of internet and email (including selecting and using web browsers, and using email);
    • Use of cloud storage solutions (For e.g. Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive).

    Please note Heed Education staff are not able to provide technical support regarding system setting and essential computer management and maintenance tasks.

    Textbook requirement

    A textbook is required to be purchased from the nominated supplier to complete a course with Heed Education. The textbook cost* can be between $42 to $56 (approx.) based on your choice of either electronic or paperback copy format.

    Textbook purchase information including supplier detail, discount codes (if applicable) etc. is provided at the time of enrolment.

    Students are provided access to the learning support material, assessment and any supporting documents with supplementary information via online learning platform upon enrolment.

    *The textbook cost may vary at the publisher’s discretion.

    Exam for TPB approved units

    Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) approved units include an exam component, which needs to be independently supervised. Students are required to arrange for an independent supervisor.

    If a student is unable to arrange an exam supervisor, then Heed Education can arrange supervision via their virtual classroom e.g. Zoom/Click Meetings. An additional cost may apply. Kindly refer to the Additional Fees and Charges section in the Student Handbook.

    The supervisor can be a person of responsibility e.g. a Justice of the Peace, Practicing Accountant (CA/CPA/registered BAS/Tax Agent), Police Officer, Doctor, Nurse, Lawyer, Trainer and Assessor/teacher etc. The supervisor MUST NOT be a family member, friend, reside with the student or have a close personal or professional relationship with the student.

    To nominate an exam supervisor:

    • the student selects and arranges to nominate a supervisor.
    • student arranges for mutually suitable date/time for their exam with the nominated supervisor;
    • both the student and the supervisor complete the Exam Supervisor Nomination Form (available in the Learning Management system); and
    • student submits the completed Exam Supervisor Nomination Form to Heed Education via email ( at least one week PRIOR to the exam date.

    Exam conditions:

    • Time allowed: 3 hours for each unit exam.
    • Exam format: The exam is in the format of an online test that contains a mix of short answer questions, multiple-choice and calculation questions (similar to assessment questions.
    • Permitted materials: Student is permitted to use all the unit resources during their exam e.g., textbooks (electronic or book form), notes, calculators, stationery, computer/laptop, internet access.

    Exams must be completed within the course duration.

    Establish and maintain payroll systems FNSTPB412

    Unit Codes
    Unit Name
    Establish and maintain payroll systems

    Upfront payment of $350 payable via Direct Deposit (EFT) or Credit/Debit card*

    *An additional 3% surcharge on Credit/Debit card payment is applicable. There’s no surcharge on Direct Deposit (EFT) payment.

    This unit is required to be a registered BAS Agent with TPB. Heed Education’s Establish and maintain payroll systems unit incorporates practical training to prepare and process payroll in accordance with payroll legislation using Xero accounting software.

    FNSTPB412 Establish and maintain payroll systems