Single Touch Payroll is a government initiative to simplify business reporting obligations.
Employers will be able to report salary or wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and super information directly to us from their payroll solution, at the same time they pay their employees. This will mean streamlined reporting obligations and more options for completing tax and super forms electronically.
See our industry update for information about where we are at and what’s ahead for Single Touch Payroll.
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.
13 March 2017
As part of STP we want to improve the employment commencement process. Recent feedback from the STP design working groups suggests a low level of interest in implementing the myGov employee commencement solution. We would like to gauge interest from the wider industry and invite you to complete our online survey and have your say. The survey is open until Friday 24 March 5.00pm AEDT.
3 March 2017
Final versions of the Payroll Event business data element documents are now available.
- Payroll Event Inventory v1.1 (PDF, 70kB)
- Payroll Event Data Definitions v1.0 (PDF, 192kB)
- Payroll Event Messaging Diagram v1.0 (PDF, 472kB)
30 January 2017
The STP Design Working Group meeting scheduled for Thursday 2 February 2017 has been cancelled as agreed upon at the last meeting held on 19 January 2017.
5 January 2017
Draft versions of the Payroll Event Business Taxonomy, data definitions and Payroll Event mapping appendices are now available for feedback.
- Business Taxonomy Payroll Event R2 draft version 0.56 (PDF, 256kB)
- Data Definitions Payroll Event R2 draft version 0.15 (PDF, 151kB)
- Messaging Diagram Payroll Event R2 draft version 0.03 (PDF, 336kB)
Your feedback can be provided by emailing the Single Touch Payroll mailbox, using the feedback template, by noon AEDT Monday 30 January 2017. We appreciate any early feedback. Responses received by Thursday 12 January 2017 will assist in the discussion at the Design Working Group (DWG) on Thursday 19 January 2017. You can also email us with any further enquiries.
20 December 2016
A draft version of the Payroll Event Software Developer Guidelines is now available for feedback.
Due to the recent unplanned system outage experienced by the ATO, the Payroll Event Business Taxonomy, data definitions and Payroll Event mapping appendices will now be published on Friday 6 January 2017.
16 December 2016
The release of the Payroll Event Business Taxonomy and Software Developer Guidelines have been delayed due to an unplanned system outage experienced by the ATO. We are working to have them available here on Tuesday, 20 December 2016. We apologise for the delay and appreciate your patience.
8 December 2016
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 further information email the Single Touch Payroll mailbox.
23 September 2016
The Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016 – Single Touch Payroll received Royal Assent on Friday 16 September 2016.
13 September 2016
We have commenced a pilot with small businesses who do not use software.
We are working one-on-one with pilot participants to explore how Single Touch Payroll reporting will work.
We are also now seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from software developers who would like to be part of the next stage of the pilot program. This next stage will run from late 2016 to early 2017 and more information will be provided very shortly.
If you would like to be part of this pilot all you need to do right now to register your EOI is email us at SingleTouchPayrollPilot@ato.gov.au by COB 30 September 2016. If you have any questions, please let us know.
31 August 2016
The Budget Savings Omnibus Bill 2016 – Single Touch Payroll was introduced into Parliament. We have published an update on our website. We have also published a consultation paper inviting community feedback.
30 August 2016
We are updating the draft payroll technical documents covering software developer guidelines, taxonomy and message implementation guide (MIG).
The existing draft payroll documents published 30 June 2016 have been removed, with updated technical documents to be published in the near future.
19 July 2016
A STPAG has been created to help co-design and implement STP. The first meeting of the STPAG will be held 26 July 2016 and replaces the Implementation and Transition Advisory Committee (ITAC). Members of the group represent stakeholders across the industry including software developers, employers, industry associations and key intermediaries. A full list of members and charter for the STPAG will be available soon.
The government has announced changes to:
- employer reporting of Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding obligations and superannuation contributions.
- the process for commencing employment – an employer can allow their employees to complete forms such as TFN declaration and Superannuation Choice using pre-fill in ATO Online or through their business management software.
This initiative supports the government’s Digital Transformation Agenda and will drive innovation in the development of how the government provides future services.
Feedback can be sent to SIPO@ato.gov.au.
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