Payroll Tax Registration - Queensland


Payroll tax is a self-assessed tax on the wages that employers pay to their Queensland employees when the total wages are more than a certain threshold.

As an employer, you must register for payroll tax within 7 days after the end of the month in which you:

  • pay more than $25,000 a week in Australian taxable wages or

  • become a member of a group that together pays more than $25,000 a week in Australian taxable wages. 

Businesses may be grouped and treated as one unit for payroll tax if they are related or connected.

The current threshold is $1.3 million in annual Australian taxable wages.

If your annual Australian taxable wages are less than $1.3 million you do not have to pay payroll tax, but you may still need to register for payroll tax.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Additional information

The payroll tax rate is:
  • 4.75% for employers or groups of employers who pay $6.5 million or less in Australian taxable wages
  • 4.95% for employers or groups of employers who pay more thna $6.5 million in Australian taxable wages.
From 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023, regional employers may be entitled to a 1% discount on the rate.
There are many payroll tax exemptions available available - including those for employee allowances and leave, and for wages paid to apprentices and trainees.

Administering agency

Queensland Treasury

Office of State Revenue

Contact details

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Office of State Revenue

Queensland Treasury

Mailing address: GPO BOX 2248
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 1300 300 734
Website: Queensland Treasury (Opens in new window)