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Payroll and Projects Lead - Location Flexible

Life Without Barriers (National)

About the Organisation

Make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable Australians with this unique opportunity to provide both corporate expertise and community support. With a focus on people, not profit, Life Without Barriers’ corporate services team partners with our direct support staff, clients, and their families to ensure we continue our mission to change lives for the better.  If a truly inclusive, collaborative, and fast-paced work environment sounds like your next career move, this is an opening not to be missed.

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose organisation of 8,000 employees working in more than 500 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people, and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers.  Join a community of people dedicated to breaking down barriers.

We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply.

About the role

Reporting to the Group Payroll Manager you will assist with driving change, projects, process improvements and implementing best practice across the payroll group.  You will support and lead various projects  and initiatives of LWB and provide subject matter expertise on all matters relating to Payroll legislation, award and contract interpretation, current group payroll practices, systems and system integrations.

This is a permanent full time position, location is flexible.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Drive change and process improvements across all Payroll related initiatives
  • Assist in managing projects relating to payroll services
  • Develop test scripts including, milestone and expected results to ensure all interactions of the test scenarios are taken into consideration
  • Manage functional issues through to completion within agreed timeframes
  • Execute testing and validate outcomes, work through testing errors with stakeholders to rectify either through system configuration changes or process improvement changes
  • Support Payroll Services to achieve the business plan outcomes and other organisational programs and initiatives
  • Monitor, coach, support, motivate and develop team members to enable them to deliver to the best of their ability
  • Play a lead role in the creation, documentation and maintenance of user guides and other training manuals 
  • Develop and maintain industry and organisational knowledge of matters relating to Payroll legislation and awards
  • Work with the Shared Services team to ensure the payroll knowledge, skills and experience aligns with services provided by the broader Shared Services team
  • Lead the development of systems that enable cross skilling and efficient utilisation
  • Lead the development and maintenance of accurate information for Shared Service and the broader organisation on SharePoint, the LWB intranet and reporting

 Skills & Experience

  • Relevant tertiary qualification in Business, project management or related field
  • Demonstrated management experience in leading high performance teams and excellence in service delivery
  • Demonstrated experience in providing advice and support to management and / or staff on payroll and reporting related matters
  • Demonstrated of project and change management
  • Significant knowledge of relevant legislative and regulatory environment for areas of business responsibility i.e. Superannuation, Workers Compensation, PAYG tax and other legislative agencies
  • Demonstrated leadership and influencing skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders including peers, employees, external organisations, funding bodies and government agencies
  • Strong written and oral communication, interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office suite of programs
  • Experience with Aurion and or Kronos would be advantageous

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check (where relevant to the role).


  • Work for one of Australia’s largest social purpose organisations
  • Permanent full time role, location flexible
  • Excellent tax benefits & monthly rostered days off

How to Apply

Include your resume and covering letter in one document, click ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts. For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact recruitment@lwb.org.au using the subject line: Payroll and Projects Lead - Location Flexible enquiry via EthicalJobs.

To be considered for and appointed to a position at Life Without Barriers, you must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or hold a valid medical exemption certificate.  You will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status during the recruitment process.

We are dedicated to playing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and bring continuity of care and support to our clients. With this in mind, if you are successful, we will discuss with you an alternative to a face to face interview.

Life Without Barriers supports the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. We believe people with disability need to be heard and for these experiences to influence how support services like ours are delivered. View our statement here https://bit.ly/2GzZGWA 

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