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Single Touch Payroll (STP) is an Australian government initiative that changes the way businesses report payroll information to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Under STP,  salary and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and superannuation data is sent electronically from your payroll solution directly to the ATO at the same time as you pay your employees.

Mandatory STP reporting commenced on 1 July 2018 for employers with 20 or more employees. For employers with 19 or less employees, the deadline is 1 July 2019. 


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18 September 2019

Time is running out to meet the 30 September 2019 deadline for STP reporting for all businesses, regardless of size. If you are yet to start, we recommend you contact your Attaché consultant without further delay. 



3 June 2019 

For end-of-year processing with STP, see Simplified End of Year with Single Touch Payroll Guide.



12 February 2019 

Parliament has passed legislation to extend STP reporting to all employers – including those with 19 or fewer employees – from 1 July 2019. If you are yet to start your STP journey, see our Single Touch Payroll Checklist and preliminary tasks and talk to your consultant asap.  



6 August 2018

Under STP, the ATO intends to prefill the W1 and W2 fields in the BAS with the relevant amounts from your STP batch submissions. We have been advised by the ATO that prefilling the BAS will not begin until 1 July 2019. For the 2018/19 financial year, you should continue to both calculate and enter the W1 and W2 fields in your BAS in the same way as before the introduction of STP.



23 June 2018

If you're not ready for STP read about Single Touch Payroll exemptions and deferrals and talk to your Attaché consultant.



15 June 2018

Single Touch Payroll and Employee Portal Setup Guide provides step-by-step details on setting up your Attaché Payroll system for STP reporting.  



18 April 2018

Employee fact sheet (PDF)

Our fact sheet explains what Single Touch Payroll means to employees.

See How employees are affected by Single Touch Payroll