My Melbourne with Colin McIntosh

October 10 / 46

What is your unit?

The payroll section within the Human Resources Department

What is your job title?

Senior Consultant, Payroll Compliance

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?

More than nine years

How did you come to work at the University?

After working for the State Bank Victoria/Commonwealth Bank for 16 years I wanted a complete change, and there was an opportunity to work as Office Administrator in the HR Department.  I have worked in the department ever since.

Describe you typical day

A typical payroll day could be anything from simple data entry to solving complex pay issues. My area deals mainly with income and payroll tax, superannuation, payment summaries and general compliance. Once thing is for sure, whatever turns up always requires great team co-operation.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

I’m still fairly new in this job so each day holds a new challenge. Just thinking about how many people we pay each fortnight gives me immense satisfaction. It’s just a pity that the better we do our jobs, the less we get to speak to people. When things do go wrong, however, our team knows we can rely on each other for support.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Listen, consider…….then speak (I’ll try it one day!)

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know?

After nine years there wouldn’t be much, but in 1985 I did run (and finish) the Melbourne Marathon with my father. It was quite an experience…which I’m unlikely to repeat. I won’t tell you my time but the winner could almost have run the race twice! Also, my dream job is to be a commercial airline pilot.

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

Usually at Plush Fish.

 What do you like most about the University?

The physical surroundings are the best in Melbourne, perhaps the country, and the history of the University is quite amazing. I am honoured to have been a part of the continuing tradition.

There are so many great people working and studying here, I’ve made so many friends and been able to learn so much from those that I’ve worked with.







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