AU Payroll and HR Glossary

Discover the meaning of the latest AU payroll and HR terms and abbreviations with this free glossary.


Electronic Lodgment Service (ELS) Registered tax agents and BAS agents (registered agents) play an important role in helping taxpayers meet their tax and superannuation lodgment obligations. To help you manage this workload, the ATO provide a lodgment program that accommodates progressive document lodgment over a 12-month period. All lodgments are done via the ATO Electronic Lodgment Service.

Employee Employees are identified by a written employment contract used by companies to employ them. Employees have rights that workers aren’t statutorily given, such as sick and redundancy pay, maternity leave or pay, protection against unfair dismissal, and a right to request flexible working.

Employee benefits Employee benefits are what an employer may give their workers in addition to their salary, in the form of ‘perks’. A good benefits package can help attract and keep top talent, boosting the employer’s reputation.

Employee engagement Employee engagement is how committed an employee feels about an organisation’s goals, and how much extra effort they put in to help achieve those goals.

Employee pulse survey An employee pulse survey is a short, regular workforce satisfaction survey. The results help HR and people teams check in on how employees are feeling, identifying issues and then taking action to keep engagement and satisfaction, by delivering positive employee experiences.

Employee Self Service (ESS) Platform designed for employees to access for pay slips, logging time worked, applying for leave and providing personal details to employers.

Employer Equal Opportunity All employees have the right to be treated equally in all aspects of their jobs. Equal employment opportunity should be available in all areas of employment including recruitment, job allocation, promotion and access to all benefits and opportunities.

End of Financial Year (EOFY) Australian financial reporting year, represented as the year ending 30 June.

Enterprise An enterprise is a business or company. Enterprise organisation refers to a large business or company with hundreds to thousands of employees. Enterprise software meets the needs of a large organisation rather than a small business or an individual user.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) ERP stands for enterprise resource planning. It’s a term most frequently used for enterprise software to help run your entire business, with processes in procurement, supply chain, finance, services, and others.

Expatriate An expatriate is someone who lives and works in a different country from their country of citizenship.

Expense An expense is money spent during the normal functioning of the business. This includes paying staff and suppliers, factory or office leases and equipment depreciation.

Expenses Expenses are the term for money spent in the form of expenditure such as salaries or supplier payments. Businesses can write off tax-deductible expenses on income tax to lower taxable income and tax liability.