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.

The document library contains technical, informative and consultation documents for Single Touch Payroll.

Latest news

12 October 2017

The communications we will be issuing to employers from Tuesday 17 October are now available to view. You can use this content in communications with your users to help explain their obligations.

Note: The content on web pages included as hyperlinks may still be in the process of being updated.

28 September 2017

We will be writing to employers about Single Touch Payroll.

We are letting employers with:

  • 20 or more employees know about Single Touch Payroll and their reporting obligations so they can start preparing for the change
  • 15–19 employees know about their obligations if their employee numbers increase to 20 or more by 1 April 2018.

Some of these employers may be your users, and might contact you for additional information.

We will share the content of these communications with you prior via this page. If you do not already have an account for the Software developers website you can create one to ensure you receive a notification when the content is published.

You can also use the Single Touch Payroll video in communications with your users to help explain their obligations.

18 September 2017

The Payroll Event (PAYEVNT) service will become available in the SBR2 production environment on Saturday 23 September. 

Note the version of the Payroll Event service will be updated to v1.0 however, there will be no functional changes from the previous version.

Contact your Account manager if you have any questions.

30 August 2017

An updated version of the Single Touch Payroll: Payroll reporting, Business implementation guide (STP BIG) is now available. Additional business scenarios have also been added. 

You can email questions or feedback to the Single Touch Payroll mailbox. If you have registered for Single Touch Payroll contact your Account Manager.

24 August 2017

We have developed a recommendation paper  on the Business Management Software Identifier (BMS ID) for Single Touch Payroll. The paper was developed in consultation with the Software developer technical working group (SWD TWG) - Single Touch Payroll focus group.

Endorsement of the recommendation paper is scheduled for the SWD TWG meeting on 31 August 2017.

If you have any feedback email the SWD TWG  mailbox.

11 August 2017

The Single Touch Payroll, Payroll reporting Business implementation guide (STP BIG) is now available. This document contains the business rules and scenarios and will help you understand the business context surrounding the functionality of the design requirements.

We developed this document in consultation with the Single Touch Payroll design working group and would like to thank members for their contributions.

You can email questions or feedback to Single Touch Payroll. If you have registered for Single Touch Payroll contact your Account Manager.

3 August 2017

An updated version of the Payroll Event service which includes the Update functionality and modifications to the submit functionality to support the update processes is now available via the Employer Obligations page on sbr.gov.au. In addition to the submit functionality, Update is also now available in EVTE for testing.

28 June 2017

From 1 July 2017 a limited release of Single Touch Payroll will begin for a small number of employers. These employers will be able to report payroll information through a Single Touch Payroll enabled solution. Single Touch Payroll will operate with limited functionality for this select group.

Other important dates include: 

  • October 2017 - additional functionality will be available and payroll solution providers will be able to start releasing Single Touch Payroll products over time. Some payroll solution providers will stagger their releases and will let their clients know as solutions become available. Once available, employers can choose to start reporting through Single Touch Payroll early.
  • 1 April 2018 - employers will need to determine if they have 20 or more employees.
  • 1 July 2018 - Single Touch Payroll reporting will be mandatory for employers with 20 or more employees.

Note: The obligation to report superannuation payment information to the ATO is currently being reconsidered. We will provide more information about this when it becomes available.

20 June 2017

Draft business rules are now available to provide guidance and assist in understanding Single Touch Payroll business requirements.

The draft business rules were developed in consultation with the Single Touch Payroll Design Working Group.

You can email questions or feedback Single Touch Payroll. If you have registered for Single Touch Payroll contact your Account Manager.

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.

23 September 2016

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

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

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