As globalisation continues to bring businesses closer together, more and more foreign companies are expanding into Australia. However, managing global payroll for Australian workers can be a challenging task, especially for companies that are not familiar with the country’s complex payroll laws and regulations, or they haven’t established a legal entity in the country.
In such instances, engaging the help of a Professional Employer Organisation like Australia PEO will enable these organisations to hire through a legal Employer of Record, meaning the PEO manages payroll for the organisation as their workers’ legal employer.
What is a Professional Employer Organisation (PEO)?
PEOs are companies that provide outsourced HR services, including global payroll services, to other businesses. They can assist overseas businesses by handling their Australian workers’ payroll and ensuring compliance with Australian payroll regulations.
In the instance where the PEO is also the Employer of Record for an organisation’s full time employees, the PEO becomes the legal employer. For every pay run, you, the client organisation, pays Australia PEO your workers’ wages, and Australia PEO pays those funds to the employee as their legal employer.
Here are some of the ways that PEOs can help overseas businesses process payroll for their Australian workers:
Knowledge and expertise in Australia payroll regulations
One of the main advantages of using a PEO is that they have expert knowledge of payroll laws and regulations of the Australian government. This means they can help overseas businesses comply with these regulations, which can be complex and challenging to navigate. By working with a PEO, businesses can avoid potential legal issues and penalties that may arise from non-compliance.
Simplified payroll processing
Processing payroll for Australian workers can be a time-consuming and complicated task. PEOs can simplify this process by providing efficient and accurate payroll services. They can also handle other payroll-related tasks such as superannuation contributions, employee benefits, severance pay and annual leave or parental leave management.
When it comes to tax services, PEOs can assist businesses with tax contributions by ensuring compliance with local tax laws and regulations, calculating and deducting taxes from employee salaries, making tax payments to the appropriate authorities, facilitating payroll tax and making contributions to payroll taxes, and providing accurate tax reporting and documentation to businesses.
Access to advanced payroll and HR software
PEOs use advanced payroll software to manage payroll processing. By working with a PEO, businesses can access this software without having to purchase it themselves. This can help them securely store and manage an employee’s personal information, such as their Tax File Number (Australia’s equivalent to the U.S Social Security Number), and save money on software and IT costs while also benefiting from the latest payroll processing technology.
Managing employee payroll through a PEO also offers significant benefits to an organisation’s employees. Many offer employee self service CRMs that allow them to log hours and manage leave entitlements through the platform rather than requesting them from their employer.
Reduced administrative burden
Managing employee payroll can be a significant administrative burden for businesses, especially for those that are expanding overseas. Organisations that choose to outsource payroll processing to a PEO can reduce their administrative workload, allowing them to focus on other core business activities.
Flexibility and scalability
PEOs can provide businesses with flexibility and scalability in managing their Australian workers’ payroll. They can offer customised payroll solutions to meet businesses’ specific needs, whether they have one employee or hundreds. As business growth picks up pace, PEOs can also scale their services to meet the growing payroll needs.
How can Australia PEO help your international business manage your payroll in Australia?
For overseas businesses expanding into Australia, managing Australia payroll can be a daunting task. By partnering with Australia PEO, you can benefit from expert knowledge, simplified payroll processing, advanced software, reduced administrative burden, and flexibility and scalability, without having to establish a legal entity in the country.
Outsource payroll processing to APEO so you can focus on your core business activities while ensuring compliance with Australia payroll regulations. Speak to us today.