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Payroll Training Programme

The APPNZ Payroll Training Programme runs over 12 months. Each week there is a recorded briefing that you can watch either individually or as a team, and then complete the practical exercises to test your knowledge or skills. These exercises can be either completed online, or if you are a Manager running the programme with your team, these can be printed off and completed as a team.


You can join the programme at any time during the year and work through every module. Alternatively you can just complete the modules of your choosing (after they have run) to fill in any areas where you want to update or grow your knowledge. APPNZ Members receive 8 modules per annum as part of your membership. You can also purchase modules which have already run, to complete in your own time. These are $45 + GST per module.


We are also working with the University sector on developing formal L&D Qualification and Payroll Qualifications in New Zealand as these currently do not exist.



The Holidays Act

HR and Payroll Professionals need to advise managers correctly on leave, have the right policies and procedures in place and pay correctly when people do take leave.

Module 1: Annual Leave


This module covers understanding annual leave provisions and conditions under the Holidays Act. It also covers how to apply these provisions to different situations and policies and processes to have in place.

Module 2: Public Holidays


This module covers understanding public holiday (statutory leave) provisions and conditions under the Holidays Act. It also covers how to apply these provisions to different situations and policies and processes to have in place.

Module 3: Sick Leave


This module covers understanding sick leave provisions and conditions under the Holidays Act. It also covers how to apply these provisions to different situations and policies and processes to have in place.

Module 4: Bereavement Leave


This module covers understanding bereavement leave provisions and how to apply these provisions to different situations and policies and processes to have in place.

Module 5: Other types of leave


This module covers understanding the other types of leave that aren’t covered by the Holidays Act, but may be offered in your business, and how to implement and pay these correctly.

Module 6: Leave Policies


This module covers the different leave policies that can be useful to have in your organisation, and case law related to the different types of leave.

Module 7: Leave Calculations


This module covers how to make the correct leave calculations for the different types of leave for both regular and non-regular employees.

Module 8: Medical Certificates


This module covers the legal provisions around medical certificates, as well as how to work through a process to get a Medical Certificate.

Paying Employees Correctly

For Payroll Professionals there are a number of legislation and process challenges around paying employees correctly. Payroll Professionals need to know how to deal with these challenges.

Module 1: Applying Tax Codes


This module covers the different type of tax codes that may apply to employee or contractor payments, and the issues you may have to consider when applying these.

Module 2: Making Deductions


This module covers the legal provisions from the Wages Protection Act and other legislation around deductions. It also covers case law precedents.

Module 3: Paying Bonuses


This module covers the legal provisions of which bonuses should be included in holiday pay calculations, and current case law precedents for this.

Module 4: On Call Allowances


This module covers the legal requirements around on call allowances including when they do and don’t apply and when you do and don’t have to pay them.

Module 5: Other Allowances


This module covers the different allowances you may have under your employment agreements, the tax and other issues to consider, and how to pay them correctly.

Module 6: FBT and benefits


This module covers the different benefits that you may offer in your organisation, when and how FBT applies and what you should be paying.

Module 7: Jury Pay


This module covers the legal provisions from Jury Act, what policies and procedures you may have in place in your business and what to pay when someone has or hasn’t served on a jury.

Module 8: Final Pays


This module covers the legal provisions around final pays when an employee finishes employment, as well as tax and other issues that Payroll need to consider.

Module 9: Settlement Payments


This module covers the legal provisions around settlement payments, how to make sure you pay the right amount and when and which tax applies or doesn’t apply.

Module 10: Accident Compensation ACC


This module covers the provisions and processes around paying or not paying someone who has been off work with a work related or non work related accident or illness.

Module 11: Payroll Processes


This module covers understanding the different types of payroll processes you may have in place in your organisation, how to mitigate risk and set up best practise.

Module 12: Redundancy Payments


This module covers understanding the different components of calculating a redundancy payment and when and how tax applies.

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The Holidays Act

The Employment Relations Act

Paying Employees Correctly

8 modules

Running July and August 2018

7 modules

Running May and June 2018

12 modules

Running Oct & Nov 2018 and January 2019

Payroll Technology & Systems

Payroll Leadership & Strategy

3 modules

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6 modules

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The Parental Leave Act

3 modules

Running September 2018

The Employment Relations Act

HR, Payroll and Talent Professionals need to know how to apply the points of the Employment Relations Act when offering employment or knowing which provisions apply to which employees.

Module 1: Types of Employees


This module covers understanding the different types of workers including part timer, casuals, fixed termers, temps and independent contractors and the issues to know about each.

Module 2: Zero Hours and Casuals


This module covers understanding the difference between casuals and part time flexible workers. It covers how available hours work and the issues around managing these agreements.

Module 3: Flexible Working


This module covers the legal provisions around flexible working arrangements, useful processes to have and paying correctly. It also covers other ways to provide flexibility.

Module 4: Meal Breaks


This module covers understanding the legal provisions around meal breaks and different processes you could put in place. It also covers meal allowances and paying for breaks correctly.

Module 5: Using trial periods


This module covers the legal provisions around using trial periods so that they are enforceable and how to handle the different issues that can occur if you need to end employment.

Module 6: Collectives & Unions


This module covers the legal provisions around bargaining for a collective employment agreements and paying correctly. It also covers union access to your workplace.  

Module 7: Strikes & Lockouts


This module covers the provisions and case law for strikes and lockouts during collective bargaining and how to overcome the challenges that can arise.

The Parental Leave Act

HR and Payroll Professionals need to know the legislative requirements for parental leave, and how to follow the correct processes when an employee goes on or returns from any type of parental leave.

Module 1: Types of Parental Leave


This module covers understanding the different types of parental leave provisions (primary carer leave, partner leave and extended leave) and the legal requirements around each.

Module 2: Taking Parental Leave


This module covers understanding the different types of parental leave provisions (primary carer leave, partner leave and extended leave) and the legal requirements around each.

Module 3: Returning from Parental Leave


This module covers understanding the different types of parental leave provisions (primary carer leave, partner leave and extended leave) and the legal requirements around each.

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Payroll Technology & Systems

Payroll Professionals need to have learning agility in the systems and technology that they use to record employee pay and working time information.

Payroll Leadership & Strategy

Payroll Professionals must demonstrate leadership capability and develop strategies to lead the payroll function successfully.  

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