Australian Payroll software

Australian Payroll Software faces very different challenges


Employees Wearing Several Hats

The first concerns employees "wearing several hats" - not literally of course. Payroll solutions need to able to handle situations where some employees are required to fill multiple roles. This occurs a lot in retirement villages where an employee may be a marketing person some of the time, a cleaner some of the time, a kitchen-hand some of the time and when the cook fails to turn up - they are the cook.

Employees have to be paid the appropriate award wages for whatever they are doing at the point in time.

Time Averaging

Another practice that requires a unique approach in Australia concerns the recent development known as “Time Averaging”. This is occurring across Australia but particularly in the North. Time Averaging is used when an employee's work place is an off shore island – perhaps even a neighbouring country like Papua New Guinea. 

The employee goes to work on the island for 2 weeks straight, working 12 hour days, and then has 2 weeks off. The payroll manager will put some of that worked time into a “time averaging bank”. So the employee will get paid 40 hours every week and the payroll software treats its as a form of accruing where you buffer the pay amounts.

The Muli approach is not to interpret but instead Muli supplies a process to pay the employee in a logical manner so that the employee can follow the calculations. In this case we show the accumulators in both "accumulation" and "paid" so that the employee has an audit trail so they can follow everything that's been done and see that it was done fairly.

Chinese Meal Allowance 

Australian Payroll Software also has had to accommodate some unusual allowances. In 1979 during the construction of the Sydney Entertainment Centre  at Darling Harbour, next to China Town, an unexpected hardship was drawn to the attention of the site management by the workers. 

Throughout the day the workers had to “endure” the aroma of flavoursome chinese meals being prepared but could not afford to buy any for themselves. After some negotiation the “Chinese Meal Allowance” was added to their payroll.

Field Sizes

Australian companies extending their operations overseas can find that their Australian Payroll Software may have some field size limitations they may not have anticipated. For example in Hong Kong most employees expect and are given a bonus averaging 1/12 of their annual salary . So there can be an issue concerning the payment of large value bonuses. The field size in Muli was  increased to accommodate the practice.

In Muli – you define the allowance and we can manage it. Muli has a capacity of 24,000 pay sequences for allowances, leave, provisions and other elements.

Productivity versus hours attended

The Australian construction industry predominately uses awards whose rates are based upon hours attended, other industries make payments based on productivity or performance rates.

They were traditionally referred to as Piece Rates where the measure was per metre, per number done or whatever method of measurement was agreed.

The developers of Australian Payroll Software are finding that the trend towards more productivity based awards is increasing and are making it is more prevalent option within their products.


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