Single Touch Payroll

Single Touch Payroll is a government initiative to streamline business reporting obligations.

Employers will be able to report salary or wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and super information to us from their payroll solution, at the same time they pay their employees. There will also be more options for completing tax and super forms online.

Employers with 20 or more employees must start reporting through Single Touch Payroll from 1 July 2018.

See our industry update for information about where we are at and what’s ahead for Single Touch Payroll.

Key consultation groups and forums

  • Single Touch Payroll advisory group

The purpose of the group is to assist in the design and implementation of the Single Touch Payroll initiative through members' collective knowledge, experience and influence.

  • Single Touch Payroll design working group

The purpose of this group is to work collaboratively to identify and work through issues on the Single Touch Payroll design from a business process perspective and take responsibility for ensuring resolution on any issues and action items.

  • Software developer technical working group

The purpose of this group is to discuss and resolve Single Touch Payroll technical and messaging design issues in the context of the eCommerce platform wholesale service interactions, where there is material impact on digital solution providers.

  • Industry engagement forum

The purpose of this forum is to engage and inform the community on the progress of Single Touch Payroll, and work through operational matter and change issues.

  • Single Touch Payroll readiness working group

The purpose of this group is to work collaboratively to help shape and influence delivery of the change management approach including stakeholder engagement, communication, business readiness and transition. This is a closed group.

  • Single Touch Payroll small business pilot working group

The purpose of this group is to work collaboratively to provide guidance and shape input to engaging small business and influence the design and implementation of the pilot.

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Latest news

20 April 2017

An updated version of the Payroll Event (PAYEVNT) service is now available via the Employer Obligations page on sbr.gov.au. Read the PAYEVNT Package Contents for changes contained in this version.

You can register for Standard Business Reporting (SBR) services by completing the online registration form. An account manager will contact you once your registration has been processed.

For design or business enquiries email the Single Touch Payroll mailbox.

For any technical enquiries contact your account manager.

16 March 2017

An updated version of the Payroll Event Message Structure Table is now available via the Employer Obligations page on sbr.gov.au.

You can register for Standard Business Reporting (SBR) services by completing the online registration form. An Account manager will contact you once your registration has been processed.

Should you require information email the Single Touch Payroll mailbox.

3 March 2017

Final versions of the Payroll Event business data element documents are now available.

20 December 2016

A draft version of the Payroll Event Software Developer Guidelines is now available.

23 September 2016

The Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016 – Single Touch Payroll received Royal Assent on Friday 16 September 2016.

Contact us

For further information and to provide feedback email the Single Touch Payroll mailbox.

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