Reporting of government grants and payments

This page provides links and information for Digitial Service Providers about the new government grants and payments reporting measure.


The government grants and payments reporting measure commenced on 1 July 2017. The system requires federal, state, territory and local government entities to report to us the total payments they make to businesses for services each year. Federal, state and territory government entities are also required to report the grants they pay to people and organisations with an ABN.

The first annual report will be due by 28 August 2018, for the 2017-18 financial year.


July 2017

The government grants and payments reporting measure has now commenced.

13 December 2016

File transfer test facility - Taxable payments reporting for government entities.

The file transfer test facility is now available for software developers  to check that their products comply with the Electronic reporting specification, Taxable payments annual report version 2.0.0.

To register and access the test facility, complete the File transfer test facility registration form.

From 1 July 2017, government entities need to collect information for the Taxable payments annual report.  

More information about reporting of government grants and payments is here.

If you have any questions please email DPO.

3 August 2016

The draft Standard Business Reporting (SBR) message implementation guide (MIG) version TPAR.0002 2017 has been removed from the SBR website. This is due to feedback provided during consultation with government entities surrounding the use of an SBR format for this annual report. If you are still interested in delivering this version in SBR, contact DPO.

Reporting of government grants and payments has been incorporated in the flat file format and the specification can be found here. Files generated using this specification must be lodged via the file transfer facility in the ATO portals.

11 April 2016

The final electronic reporting specification has been published.

4 February 2016

The final draft Standard Business Reporting message implementation guide (MIG) Version TPAR.0002 2017 package has been published for feedback. Software developers are encouraged to provide feedback on this final draft by 15 February to

14 December 2015

The law for this reporting measure has been enacted. You can read the Act on ComLaw. A final draft reporting specification has been released for feedback. This final draft specification is to be used in the development of software for the electronic lodgment of the Taxable payments annual report for the 2017 and subsequent financial years.

15 October 2015

The bill for the reporting measure has been introduced to Parliament and is available on the Parliament of Australia website.

13 July 2015

A draft reporting specification (DOCX, 291kB) has been released for feedback. Treasury has also released draft legislation and explanatory memorandum for public comment.  We have developed a discussion guide to provide more detail on how it intends to implement the measure. Any feedback on the draft reporting specification and message implementation guide send to

12 March 2015

A summary of outcomes and feedback from the first round of software developer consultation has been released.

11 March 2015

Expressions of interest requested for developers of grants management software.

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