First listed on: 07 October 2017

Payroll Officer

NSW Electoral Commission

The New South Wales Electoral Commission (NSWEC) is the statutory body that maintains the NSW electoral roll and conducts elections for the State Parliament, Local Government, the NSW Aboriginal Land Councils, Registered Clubs, Statutory Boards and Industrial Organisations. The NSWEC also regulates the State's electoral, campaign finance and lobbying legislation, including monitoring and enforcing compliance by political parties, elected members, candidates and third-party campaigners.

Purpose of the Role

The Payroll Officer provides accurate, timely and efficient payroll services to the NSWEC Staff Agency and Election Officials in accordance with business, legislative, taxation and audit requirements. This role will provide additional support to the current Payroll team, including completing post LGE payroll, by-elections payroll, and preparation for the State General Election 2019. At a major election the NSWEC employ in excess of 20,000 personnel.

The role is temporary, Full Time for up to 12 months.

The NSW Electoral Commission is committed to maintaining public confidence in the integrity of the electoral system. The NSW Electoral Commission expects that employees refrain from membership of any political party and from engaging in political activity which could be seen as reflecting adversely on the strict political neutrality of the NSW Electoral Commission. Applicants who are seen to be or are active in political activities should disclose such information as part of their application.

Your employment will be subject to National Criminal Records Check to determine your suitability for employment.  

Essential Requirements

As the successful candidate, you will have:

·       Relevant tertiary qualification, or experience managing a large or complex payroll function.

·       Working knowledge of Aurion and Meridian or ability to quickly learn new payroll systems.

·       Ability to learn or interpret Awards.

·       Politically neutral with no affiliation to political parties or lobbyists/campaigners.

·       Satisfactory Criminal Record check result.

Targeted questions

1.       Describe a specific time when you were required to manage conflicting priorities to meet strict deadlines. How did you reorganise your work to meet commitments and in doing this, what process did you adopt when negotiating stakeholder expectations to ensure that the delivery of outcomes was not impacted? (maximum 500 words)

2.       Describe a time when you have been required to respond to a payroll query which has required you to interpret Awards, Enterprise Agreements and associated legislation (example, taxation law, superannuation, etc). What was the situation, what actions did you take and what was the result? Upon reflection, would you have done anything differently? (maximum 500 words)

How to apply

As part of your application, you will be asked to respond to the targeted questions above.

You should include a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising your skills, knowledge and work experience, along with an up to date resume (maximum 3 pages) which clearly detail your skills and experience as relevant to this role.

For further information regarding the role please download the documents below:

Role Description

Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service

Applications received and completed after close of advertisement will not be considered for selection.

The selection process will include a range of assessment techniques to assist in determining your suitability for the role.

A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next 12 months.


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