Payroll Essentials Training Courses

What do you need to know to run payroll correctly?

With screeds of legislation to understand and an innate need to get your payroll right, where do you go for training and support?

Employees are an organisations greatest asset and they are fundamental to the smooth running of a business.  They are also the biggest expense, so we need to ensure that they get paid right and on time, and to do that we need to understand the multitude of rules around payroll, as well as our responsibilities as an employer.

We know how important it is to maintain the trust and confidence they have their employer. As New Zealand’s payroll legislation is one of the most complicated in the world, understanding the calculation of wages, allowances, payroll taxes and processing of the payroll is essential to running payroll correctly.

  • How do you know you have it right?
  • How do you check your are not underpaying, or even overpaying your employees?
  • Are you or your payroll team receiving training?
  • How do you check your payroll team has it right?
  • You #dontknowwhatyoudontknow right?

With a multitude of constant legislative changes, getting it right is not an easy task, but vital for peace of mind and happy employees.  And, as an employer, you are responsible to ensure your employees are getting paid correctly, no matter who is processing your payroll, and this training will ease the worry over payroll and covers what you need to know.

Di Crawford-Errington is a Payroll Specialist and comes to you with 20 years’ experience in NZ payroll, is a NZPPA Certified Payroll Leader Level 5, is passionate about people, providing clarity for getting payroll right, and is one of the trainers for these courses.

Danie Payne is the Payroll Guru at Ontrack Bookkeeping and manages our payroll bureau department.  She is a NZPPA Certified Payroll Practitioner Level 3, is passionate about sharing her knowledge, and is the other trainer for this course.

Our next intake of courses are listed below.

What does the course cover?

The course covers all the essential information you need to understand payroll legislation and your obligations as an employer, including:

  • Income Tax rates
  • Kiwisaver & ESCT
  • Bonuses and extra pays
  • Allowances
  • Contractors v Employees
  • ACC Earners Levy
  • Leave calculations
  • Child Support
  • Parental Leave
  • Record keeping
  • and so much more – over 40 topics covered


Learning Outcome

To confidently manage and administer payroll through understanding the complexities of the Employment and Holiday Pay Act in relation to paying staff.


Here’s what some of the attendees from our previous courses had to say

“I really liked the sheer amount of valuable information that was shared on the course. This should be mandatory training for anyone who does payroll.  It covers a huge wealth of information and is presented in an interesting an engaging way.”  Alsa

“The amount of in depth coverage of NZ payroll, all the ins and outs that anyone doing payroll in NZ needs to be aware of.  Filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge and I feel much more comfortable running payroll after doing this course.”  Steph

“If you are working in payroll in any capacity and rely on payroll systems more than you should then you need to do this course. After you do it you will feel confident that you are getting it right.”  Lauren

“I loved how interactive the course was, it was very relatable and the size of the class made this easy. The delivery by Di – very relaxed yet professional, with no issues jumping in to ask questions.”  Trina

“Outstanding delivery of a very complex topic – well done!”  Jacqui Bouwer

Please register by selecting the relevant course option below. 

Funding via Regional Business Partner Network

Small businesses may qualify for funding vouchers to help pay for training that helps to build the management capabilities of business owners, operators and key managers. Management Capability Development Vouchers are only available through the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) Growth Advisors.

Vouchers may be provided to a business where the Growth Advisors have identified a need for management training as part of an action plan to support the business owner to
grow and innovate their business.

This course is registered with the Management Capability Development Voucher Fund and you may be eligible for funding to attend. For more information on the Management Capability Development Voucher Fund or to talk to your local Growth Advisor about this course, go to



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