Registration for Payroll Tax - Victoria


Payroll tax is a state tax that is calculated on wages paid or payable. Employers (or groups of employers) with Australian wages that exceed $650 000 or $54 166 in any month are required to be registered in Victoria. Australian wages comprise both Victorian wages and all interstate wages.

In general any remuneration attributed to employees is included in your total Australian wages. Common items are wages, salaries, commissions, bonuses, allowances, directors fees, fringe benefits, payments in kind, eligible termination payments and superannuation contributions.

For the 2019-20 financial year, if your total monthly Australian taxable wages exceed $54 166, payroll tax will be calculated at 4.85%.

Service type


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


Payroll tax is a State tax and exemptions (subject to qualifications) may apply in relation to:

  • wages paid in certain circumstances by specified types of employers (for example, non-profit organisations having wholly charitable, benevolent, philanthropic and patriotic purposes)
  • wages paid in certain specified circumstances (for example, workers' compensation payments, genuine redundancy payments, etc.).

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Registered employers must:

  • lodge a Monthly Return online (even if no tax is payable) with the State Revenue Office (SRO) by the 7th day of the following month (except June)
  • lodge an Annual Reconciliation Return online (e-AR) with the SRO by the 21st July each year which includes payroll tax payable for June and all adjustments for over / under payments made during the financial year
  • retain records to determine your tax liability for five years.


Registration for payroll tax will continue for the duration that you are liable to pay payroll tax.


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Act(s) name

Payroll Tax Act 2007 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Treasury and Finance

State Revenue Office

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General and Tax Enquiries

State Revenue Office

Department of Treasury and Finance

Operating address: Level 2, 121 Exhibition Street
Victoria 3000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1641
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 13 21 61
Website: State Revenue Office (Opens in new window)