The screenshots in this gallery are from Mastering Australian Payroll with Xero In A Day For Dummies and illustrate different concepts related to Xero and Australian payroll. The images appear in the order that they appear in the book.


Access payroll for the first time

To access Payroll in Xero, go to the home dashboard and click on Payroll. The welcome screen will appear.


Organise general settings

In Settings, click General Settings, then Payroll Settings, and then the General tab. The Payroll Settings: General window will open.


Add employees’ employment details

Select the employee you wish to add details for by clicking on the name and then click on the Employment tab.


Add earnings pay items

On the +Add Earnings Line button, select from the drop-down list then select from the Calculation Type options. Click OK to save the added Earnings Pay Item.


Add a superannuation pay item

Click on the +Add Superannuation Line button, select from the drop-down options at the Payment Frequency field, and click on the drop-down arrow at the Payment Date field. When the calendar opens, select the required date and click OK.


Start to process a pay run

Once you click the +Add Pay Run button, choose a payroll calendar from the Select a Pay Period drop-down option. Click the green Next button and the Pay Run window will open.


Explore the employee portal

Employees can log on to their employee portable via the normal login screen using their login details. The dashboard is called My Payroll and from here employees can access their own personal payroll information.


Apply for leave via the portal

On the My Payroll dashboard, click the Overview tab and click the blue Apply for Leave button. The Add a Leave Application form opens.


Submit a timesheet via the portal

On the My Payroll dashboard, click the Overview tab. To add a timesheet, click the blue Add Timesheet button and the Add Timesheet form opens.