The Voice for Payroll Practitioners
and
Employment Technology Providers

AWCC Ltd is Australia’s only peak body member owned association for Payroll Practitioners and Employment Technology Providers.

1. Provide a voice for Payroll Practitioners and Employment Technology Providers who operationalise Australia’s labour and related legislation.
2. Endeavour to increase the public standing, credibility and capability of its Payroll Practitioners and Employment Technology Providers.
3. Advocate on behalf of our members to all governments on matters of national policy in relation to the operational application of labour and related legislation.
4. Conduct and publish research to support our industry.

1. Establish the countries first peak body for Payroll Practitioners and EmployTech.
2. Create and uplift the Payroll Profession.
3. Develop an EmployTech industry Code of Conduct.
4. Establish a Workforce Compliance Standards framework with all nine Australian Governments.

Welcome to Australia's first Peak Body for Payroll Practitioners and Employment Technology Providers

What is a peak body?
“A peak body is an advocacy group that may be an association of industries with allied interests.”
“A peak body works for and on the industry, not in the industry (its members work in the industry).”
“The bulk of the work undertaken by peak bodies including representation to Government is undertaken by its employees ensuring all members interests are equally represented (we don’t play favourites).”

What does a peak body do?
“Develop standards, codes of conduct/ethics, processes and education for their members. They also act on behalf of all members to lobby government and promote the interests of their members.”
“Peak bodies are widely accepted as the legitimate voice which represents a profession or industry to the country, including comment with media and Government consultation.”

Ciaran Strachan
Managing Director and CEO AWCC Ltd

For more information on AWCC Ltd click here
For more information on the council managed by AWCC Ltd click here
See our board for 2024

Membership Divisions (coming 2024)

Managing and representing Payroll Practitioners, this division will act under its own charter and with its own Purpose. PPA is set to launch and onboard payroll practitioners in early 2024.

PPA’s purpose is to make the Payroll Profession credible, capable and empowered through the development of high level education, training and events. It will work through AWCC Ltd to advocate for the profession, and produce research which benefits the Payroll Professional industry.

PPA works for its members by:
– Promoting the activities of members who work in the industry.
– Advocating for members by working full time and closely with all Governments on policy and research through AWCC Ltd. Four submissions and one research report already completed in 2023. All submissions are free, easily accessible and not behind “give us your e-mail” enquiry forms.
– Developing discounted and affordable degree level education and training.
– Producing free and heavily discounted events for Payroll members in 2024.
– Creating several advisory committees so members can directly contribute towards all Government submissions and round table discussions to develop NEW policy and campaigns.
– Establishing the first State and Territory Payroll Practitioners Chapters to promote local events, networking and advisory committees.
– Collaborating with ETPA and AWCC Ltd for events, campaigns and other initiatives.

PPA does NOT:
– Consult (payroll services and audits) or conduct any activities that compete with our members.
– Have help lines. Like other peak bodies for accounting and law, we do not have help lines designed to service intermediaries (non payroll professionals). Instead, we invest in our members development so they become the expert and help line for their clients and employers.

Managing and representing Employment Technology Providers and System Integrators, this division will also act under its own charter and purpose.
ETPA is set to launch and onboard Employment Technology Providers in early 2024.

ETPA’s purpose is to
1. Provide a voice for Employment Technology Providers and System Integrators.
2. Endeavour to increase the public standing, credibility and capability of its Employment Technology Providers and System Integrators.
3. Advocate on behalf of its members via AWCC Ltd to all Governments on matters of national policy.

ETPA works for its members by:
– Promoting the activities of members who work in the industry.
– Advocating for members by working full time and closely with all Governments on policy and research through AWCC Ltd. 6 submissions and one research report already completed in 2023. All submissions are free, easily accessible and not behind “give us your e-mail” enquiry forms.
– Producing free and heavily discounted events for members in 2024.
– Creating several advisory committees so members can directly contribute towards all Government submissions, round table discussions to develop NEW policy and campaigns.
– Collaborating with PPA and AWCC Ltd for events, campaigns and other initiatives.

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FAQs

AWCC was created as a result of three years of research aimed at providing a permanent and long-term solution to wage-theft in Australia. The overarching conclusion of this research was that Australia lacked a “preventative” framework to ensure every employer was able to comply with its legal requirements with regard to a multitude of legislation in and around Payroll. Examples include: the Fair Work Act, NES, Modern Awards, Tax Act, Superannuation, WGEA reporting, Enterprise Agreements, state based long service leave and non-federal awards,………just to name a few.

Consequently, a solution was mapped out in mid 2022 and broken into three National Capabilities designed to build on our countries existing labour and related legislation (the Deterrent) with our Nations first “Preventative” framework. These are known as Divisions with the Association best describing itself as a council, as it ensures all three Divisions collaborate and minimise costs, whilst leveraging off the advantages of a Parent whose only interest is to work for and on their industry, not in it. 

The three Divisions which will stand up the countries first wage-theft and related workforce non-compliance preventative solution are:

  1. Payroll Professionals
  2. Employment Technology Providers &
  3. Standards centred around operationalising labour and related legislation, known simply as “Workforce Compliance” Standards.

As one payroll professional put it, “I take offence every time I hear the term it’s too complex….Payroll by nature is complex, and it takes decades to be a competent payroll Practitioner….” 

During AWCCs research phase, we interviewed over 20 Universities and analysed dozens of degrees and certifications in an attempt to map a degree for payroll. 

In the below diagram we show what happens when you combine 6 degrees from HR (excluded as it has almost no suitable education), Accountants (Tax agents) and Workplace Relations certified lawyers (not lawyers who have not studied employment law), they do not cover the entire breadth of payrolls current operational legal knowledge.

Payroll is complex and whilst modern awards are challenging, as the diagram below shows, they represent a system not the system payroll must interpret and operationalise.

As pointed out by the Peak Body joint submission to the newly elected Albanese Labor Government in 2022, at the time Australia only had “Payroll Service Providers.” It is a widely misunderstood belief that entities with the word “Association” in their name are an association and therefore, represent a professions interest to Government. 

The word association is not a protected title listed in the 2011 Business Names Registration Act and any private or member owned entity can use it in their business name.

There are several major Payroll Service Providers operating across Australia. See the below comparison to spot the difference between a Payroll Service Provider and a Peak Body member owned association.

Payroll Service Providers
Generally, Payroll Service Providers work for their own self-interests due to their private equity structure.
What they do:
1. Provide payroll related consulting services.
2. Provide outsourced payroll helplines/services.
3. Provide periodic updates in the form of a paid subscription. This is often marketed as “membership” which it is not as the subscriber is a consumer and not an owner of the Company as is the case with member owned associations.
4. Conduct research and publish reports designed to promote their services. These almost always require you to provide your email to access the report, or have a copy sent to you.
5. Conduct training and education (usually AQF 1-6 or RTO) level, also known as Certificate 1 to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma.
6. Some (not all) occasionally participate in public consultation with Government.
7. Organise conferences, webinars and events.

How they are structured
1. Pty Ltd (privately owned company) and structured as a for profit entity.
2. They have one or more directors (owners) and therefore do not have: a board, AGMs, constitution, or external facing governance.
3. Are legally allowed to use a .com (commercial) domain only (commercial company) and not allowed to use .org.au (organisation) or .asn.au (association) domains as these are only able to be used by non-commercial (not-for-profit) entities.

Peak bodies (member owned associations)
Generally, member owned associations work in the interests of their members only due to the owners being the members.
What they do:
1. Proactively advocate for the industry (as they are legally allowed to unlike service providers), this includes approaching ministers directly as a recognised peak body.
2. Are invited by Government to participate in the formation of policy (legislation) before a draft is released.
3. Provide postgraduate education degrees (AQF 8/9), also known as Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters, equivalent Certification and same level continuous professional development (CPD).
4. Regularly conduct and publish research which is used to benefit the industry and is easily accessible to the public. There is no requirement for you to supply your e-mail to access research.
5. Release regular submissions to Government. Most peak bodies publish 10 to 50 per year.
6. Showcase members achievements, not just their own.
7. Provide industry magazines and news including articles of all members both individual and service providers.
8. Are not conflicted against the interests of service providers (or members) as they are employed/paid by the association itself.
9. Get real world results for their members such as AWCC’s recent success where Payroll Manager was created in ANZSCO and at a higher skill level. 
10. Run campaigns designed to promote the interests of their industry to the benefit of the entire profession including members and non-members.
11. Organise conferences, webinars and events.
12. Have codes of conduct and elements of self regulation.
13. Have minimum experiential, qualification and certification requirements for full membership.
14. Service providers can join peak bodies as members, but peak bodies will not create an exclusive legal relationship with service providers, especially if the peak body is also a registered charity (not legally allowed).
15. Many member owned associations are also registered charities.

Note: Generally, peak bodies do not provide most of the services listed under Payroll Service Providers as this would be competing with members interests (ie, consulting, outsourced helplines or research designed to promote services).

How they are structured
1. Ltd (Limited Liability Company) and structured as a not-for-profit entity. All Governance documents are visible on the association’s website for public consumption. These include: Constitution, board and board charter (optional), policies, sub-committees, advisory committees, an annual AGM and much much more
2. Legally allowed and generally only use the following domains .org.au (organisation) or .asn.au (association) (both are non-commercial).
3. Most importantly, they must have a purpose within their constitution written to support their industry/industries. It must be available to members and usually it is also on public display. The purpose should clearly articulate what the assocation does and generally, how it benefits both members and the  public.

How to support AWCC

AWCC conducts research for with its industry membership divisions.

We invite all interested parties including members, affiliates and the wider public and Government to partner with us for a research project.

By doing so, our association is able to leverage the exclusive knowledge only available to the payroll and employment technology provider industries.

For more information on how to collaborate, including current and proposed research projects, please contact us.

Support AWCCs current and future work by becoming a Corporate Partner and providing financial donations or physical donations of goods and equipment.

Contact us for more information.

Collaborate with AWCC with a secondment of staff for the period of a research project or campaign.

Contact us for more information.

AWCC runs many events enabling sponsorship opportunities.

By sponsoring an event, you will:

  • Demonstrate your support for AWCC and its membership divisions, including the attainment of their strategic goals and purposes.
  • Provide your brand with opportunities to market their services to the payroll and employment technology provider industries.
  • Enable AWCC to channel sponsorhip money toward current and proposed research projects and campaigns.

Contact us for more information.

AWCC has two membership divisions and a number of membership categories in each division including full members and affiliates.

AWCC’s two membership divisions are:

  • Payroll Professionals Australia. This division is for dedicated career payroll professionals and their affiliates. 
  • Employment Technology Providers Australia. This division is for Employment Technology Software providers and their System integrators.

Both divisions will open for membership in early 2024

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