Digital Payroll for Your Agribusiness

Posted 2 Dec '22

Digital Payroll for Your Agribusiness

The Australian Taxation Office and Fair Work Ombudsman have recently been targeting farms and agribusinesses with employees, as the agricultural industry has been seen as having a track record of incomplete or inaccurate payroll records.

Additionally, many business owners (not just farmers) can struggle to stay up to date with the frequent changes in Australian payroll laws and the relevant modern awards used in the industry.

Many digital payroll solutions can help with payroll compliance and accurate record keeping. There is a range from simple, low-cost solutions to sophisticated human resource management apps. Once you are connected with a digital payroll app, staying abreast of the changing rules will be much easier as these changes are included in regular software updates.

While reliable internet can be a problem in regional areas, getting a digital payroll solution that you can use on a computer or mobile phone can dramatically reduce the administration workload of maintaining payroll.

Once systems are set up, there are many benefits to using a digital system:

  • Link entitlements, conditions, pay rates and categories from an award or enterprise agreement to each employee.
  • Approval process for time sheets and leave.
  • Flags for exceptions, such as an employee forgetting to enter an end time for a shift or not taking a lunch break.
  • Set piece rates and allowances.
  • Integrated Single Touch Payroll (STP) filing with the ATO. If you use paper or spreadsheet records, you must still use a separate digital system to report STP.
  • Secure and private payroll records are backed up online, protected from natural disasters.
  • Detailed costing for each shift or work week so you can plan ahead for the total cost of wages, taxes and super.
  • The system will automatically keep the records for the required seven years.
  • Employees can access payslips and request leave via their phone.
  • Superannuation calculation and payments are fully integrated into the payroll system.

If it’s time to upgrade your payroll systems,we can help set you up with the right digital system for your farm or agribusiness so you can spend less time dealing with paper and spreadsheets! Please get in touch with your WDF team member on 6921 5444.

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