Single Touch Payroll

Single Touch Payroll (STP) 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.

STP has begun for employers with 20 or more employees (1 July 2018 being the mandated date). It will be expanded to include employers with 19 or less employees from 1 July 2019, subject to legislation being passed in parliament.

Information and resources are available to help you with your STP-enabled product. We also hold a range of consultation and engagement activities.

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Latest news

17 September 2018

Employers may now authorise their registered agent to act on their behalf for STP lodgment through an annual agreement, instead of at each pay event. This is known as a STP engagement authority.

If you are a registered agent providing a payroll service (lodging STP reports on behalf of your users) visit STP authorisations on ato.gov.au to find out about: 

  • eligibility and exclusions
  • what to include in the STP engagement authority

For more information on lodging STP reports on behalf of your users see Registered agents providing a payroll service.

7 September 2018

Around 40,000 employers are now reporting through STP. In our media release A new era of payroll reporting has started, we share our STP journey so far and recognise your effort and commitment in developing and delivering STP.

There are still some employers who are yet to start reporting through STP and are not covered by a deferral.

Throughout September, we will be contacting these employers advising them to get ready or start STP reporting by:

  • checking if their software is STP-enabled by contacting you or their third-party payroll provider if required 
  • using the employer checklist to find out how to get ready
  • starting to report from their next pay cycle through their STP-enabled software. Employers will not need to notify us once they start reporting.

Some of these employers may be your users and they may contact you for information.

A range of resources are available on this website and the Single Touch Payroll ato.gov.au page to support you in communicating with your users. This includes: 

If your users are not ready to start reporting they can also apply for an employer deferral if eligible.   

If you have any questions email SingleTouchPayroll@ato.gov.au.

15 August 2018

If you or your users experience an issue lodging a STP report, troubleshooting information is available at Reporting through Single Touch Payroll.

8 August 2018

Listen to part two of our Tax inVoice podcast about STP and the journey ahead.

30 July 2018

Access the recordings of Part 1 and Part 2 of the STP Employee Commencement webinar. These webinars focused on the first phase release of STP employee commencement.

17 July 2018

If you or your users will be lodging STP reports on behalf of clients you are considered to be providing a payroll service and will need to complete the following steps before you can lodge a STP report:

  1. Be registered as an agent with the Tax Practitioner Board (TPB).
  2. Ensure you are linked to your client in our system.
  3. Notify us of your unique software ID (SSID) if using online or cloud-based software.

For help in completing these steps, visit Registered agents providing a payroll service on ato.gov.au.

9 July 2018

We have made amendments to the STP BMS initiated employee commencement BIG to correct errors identified with the contextual link and withholding declaration.

3 July 2018

We are writing to employers who moved to STP reporting before 1 July 2018, some of these may be your users.

We are providing information about how their employee's payment summary for 2017-18 will change with STP. You can find this information via the STP for employees page on ato.gov.au.

26 June 2018

To support you in completing product verification testing (PVT) we will schedule a PVT planning meeting with you. The updated PVT guide includes additional information to assist you with the PVT process.

8 June 2018

The STP Business management system (BMS) initiated employee commencement business implementation guide (BIG) is available to assist you with the design requirements of the BMS initiated employee commencement process.

The associated SBR2 Employee Withholding and Super Notification Details (EMPWTHSPRDTL) service is currently available in EVTE and will be available in the SBR2 production environment on Tuesday 26 June. You can find the draft EMPWTHSPRDTL technical documentation on the sbr.gov.au Employer Obligations page.

Note: The implementation of this process is optional. Employers can continue to use their current processes.

6 June 2018

If you are in the process of certifying your product for STP reporting and it is connecting directly to the ATO, make sure to modify your production physical end points to PROD2 before deploying your STP services in the SBR2 production environment.

You can find the PROD2 physical end point URLs in the ATO SBR Physical End Points document on the sbr.gov.au ATO common artefacts and reference documents page.

Note: If you are using a sending service provider (SSP), we are working with them to ensure they provide the appropriate physical end points.

26 April 2018

The presentation from the recent STP BIG and business scenarios Q&A session has been updated to include information on the questions and answers discussed.

Contact us

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