Many farmers traditionally rely on paper employee records which are time-consuming to maintain. So it’s no surprise that many agribusiness payroll records are lacking, as farmers don’t have the time to keep them correctly.

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

Additionally, many business owners (not just farmers) have trouble staying 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.

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:

  • ALink entitlements, conditions, pay rates and categories from an award or enterprise agreement to each employee.
  • AApproval process for timesheets and leave.
  • AFlags for exceptions, such as an employee forgetting to enter an end time for a shift or not taking a lunch break.
  • ASet piece rates and allowances.
  • AIntegrated Single Touch Payroll filing with the ATO. If you use paper or spreadsheet records, you must still use a separate digital system to report STP.
  • ASecure and private payroll records are backed up online, protected from natural disasters.
  • ADetailed costing for each shift or work week so you can plan ahead for the total cost of wages, taxes and super.
  • AThe system will automatically keep the records for the required seven years.
  • AEmployees can access payslips and request leave via their phone.
  • ASuperannuation calculation and payments are fully integrated into the payroll system.

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If it’s time to upgrade your payroll systems, talk to us.

We’ll 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!

We offer obligation free consultations, so that we can get to know your business and your accounting requirements. We can meet with you in our Ringwood office, or we can chat on the phone – whichever is more convenient for you. During the consultation, we will discuss your specific needs and how we can best meet them. We will also answer any questions you may have about our services. So if you’re looking for tailored, professional accounting services, book a consultation with us today. We’ll be happy to chat with you about your business and how we can help.