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Senior Payroll Specialist

Apply now Job no: 497852
Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart, Launceston
Categories: Administration, Human Resources

  • Provide strong leadership and mentoring in a dynamic high-volume environment
  • Leverage your technical expertise in payroll matters, including PAYG tax and superannuation and lead from experience
  • Full-time ongoing position based in Launceston or Hobart, with relocation assistance available

Your New Role

This senior technical lead role offers the opportunity to meaningfully support the University’s People and Wellbeing function by ensuring accurate operating of the payroll and benefits program and systems. You will be responsible for providing the subject matter expertise, effective support and resolution of complex payroll matters whilst enabling pro-active process improvement opportunities to the delivery of the University’s payroll function.

You will be involved in and lead continuous improvements within the payroll area, and identification of any compliance issues, working with the team and wider stakeholders to resolve these, and implementing relevant processes.

About the University

The University of Tasmania is building a vision of a place-based University with a mission to enhance the intellectual, economic, social and culture future of Tasmania, and from Tasmania, contribute to the world in areas of distinctive advantage. We work in a unique setting and actively partner with the communities in which we live, in support of a healthy, civil and sustainable society. We subscribe to the fundamental values of honesty, integrity, responsibility, and trust.

In 2022, the University of Tasmania was recognised as the world's leading university on United Nations Sustainability Goal #13 Climate Action by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

The Payroll & Benefits team within Shared Services is one of the University Services frontline providers for the University's staff and students. These customer service and transactional processing teams also include specialists to assist with complex technical requests or services and work collaboratively with the core service areas to provide an end-to-end service.

What You’ll Need to Succeed

A degree qualification in an area relevant to payroll services and/or combination of relevant experience, education and/or training.

Your technical payroll experience, skills and knowledge across tax, superannuation, records management and industrial legislation will be required as a strong foundation for providing guidance and advice to the team and stakeholders. This experience will be supported by your ability to execute payroll procedures and practices, including financial reconciliations using the University’s computerised accounting packages. Your ability to prioritise, meet deadlines and analyse complex issues will empower you to succeed in your new role.

What’s on Offer?

The University of Tasmania is one of the largest employers in the State, employing approximately 5,000 people and people are at the heart of everything we do. We strive to create nurturing, inclusive and collaborative working environments, enabling us to nurture a vital & sustainable community.  The University recognises that achieving this vision is dependent on the people we employ as well as creating a people-centred University that is values-based, relational, diverse, and development-focused.

On offer is a full-time, ongoing role based in Launceston or Hobart.  Appointment to this role will be at HEO 8 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $139,269 comprising base salary within the range of $104,688 to $119,034 plus 17% superannuation.

We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people and are committed to inclusive principles. We celebrate the range of diversity within the University that gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age and life course bring. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community.

Considering a move to Tasmania to take up this opportunity?

Offering a breath of fresh air, our island State’s wild landscapes, unique towns and fascinating history have something for everyone. Tasmania has crafted our own wonderfully unique brand of creativity and adventure; case in point: world famous MONA and the exceptional mountain bike tracks of Derby. Our world-famous food and wine provide an abundance of fresh seafood, family-run wineries and distilleries, and culinary experiences celebrating farm-fresh produce. From our island shores, our research extends to the great Southern Ocean and down to the Antarctic.

How to Apply?

If this role is of interest, we look forward to hearing from you. Please provide your up-to-date resume, a 1-page cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role, and full responses to the success criteria outlined in the Position Description.

For further information about this position, please contact Emma Bates, Manager, Payroll and Benefits via

Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close 11:55pm Sunday 9 October 2022

Download File Senior Payroll Specialist - 497852.pdf

COVID-19 Update: The University of Tasmania recognises that this is critical for the workforce at the University to protect the safety of our workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians.

Applicants for this role must be prepared to provide evidence of Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfill the requirements of this role.

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