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MicrOpay Single Touch Payroll (STP) Phase 2

Be prepared with a comprehensive set of Access MicrOpay (formerly Sage MicrOpay) resources to streamline your transition to the new STP Phase 2 reporting requirements.

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What do I need to do?

There’s nothing you need to do at this stage, nor should you be concerned as you are already using STP-enabled payroll software. You simply need to continue STP reporting as you are currently. 

What happens next in your STP2 transition:

  • Keep an eye out for regular updates. You should have already started receiving STP2 notifications from The Access Group.
  • Enhancements will be included in upcoming software releases to accommodate the new reporting requirements.
  • Bookmark this page where you can join upcoming events and download materials.

Want to know more about how MicrOpay solutions are assisting 1000’s of Australian businesses to manage their payroll and compliance needs?

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Upcoming events and training

We are excited to engage with you via a series of events, webinars and training sessions designed to accelerate your MicrOpay STP2 compliance.

“Training is essential and invaluable, Start Early - gain your understanding early”

Wendy Cornish - Dicker Data 

MicrOpay STP 2 Quick Start Guide for Employers


Impact for Allowances

Impact for Overtime

Impact for Salary Sacrifice

How does MicrOpay assist in your transition?


One of the key areas of change relates to the values that were previously reported in Gross.

If you have been following the latest ATO updates on the new reporting requirements for STP2 you will have started to learn terms such as Disaggregation of Gross, Tax Treatment, Income Types to name a few. A comprehensive overview can be found within The ATO Employer Guidelines.

IMPORTANT CHANGE: The values paid to an employee now are to be ‘dissected further’ into groupings that both Services Australia and the ATO need. Hence the new requirement to ‘Disaggregate’ the Gross value currently reported.

STP2 is heavily based on this new requirement to ‘Disaggregate the Gross' value you are currently reporting. The new changes follow similar reporting that can be displayed on an employee’s pay advice.

EXAMPLE: When paying an employee, it’s not just a gross value that is shown, the various components of pay that the employee is being paid need to be provided so that the employee is able to understand what they worked and are being compensated for.

We have included are a few examples in this Quick Start Guide to assist in understanding how to approach STP2 changes.

Impact for Allowances

What employers should consider

It is always good practice to review how your business constructs payments for employees. We recommend you specifically start to review Allowances.

To better understand the new changes that may affect how you need to report for STP2, we recommend you refer back to The ATO Employer Guidelines which provides great examples.

There are new categories and changes to definitions that have been introduced for STP2. You will start to notice that simple categorisation of allowances is no longer sufficient, as previously in STP1 most allowances were reported in Gross with only a few reported separately.

There are now 9 separate categories for allowances. A couple of new ones have been introduced which are Qualification and Certification allowance (allowance type QN) and Task Allowance (allowance type KN).

IMPORTANT CHANGE: Instead of categorising an allowance on ‘what’ is being paid, we need to consider 'why' it is being paid. This is important as the data that is sent for STP2 reporting is required by Services Australia to be analysed for a wide range of varying benefits that they calculate for many differing situations, and ‘why’ is now important – not because of its description or how it is taxed; hence there are new categories to consider.

EXAMPLE: If we use a First Aid allowance as an example

  • On the surface, this allowance looks to be paid because the employee has a first aid qualification and is the nominated First Aid person in your company.
  • The core requirement for First Aid Allowance is for performing duties and not just based on having the First Aid qualification and therefore it would be categorised as a Task allowance (KN) and not as a Qualification allowance (QN).

This is a very clearly explained example in the ATO’s Employer’s Guide – under Allowances.

DECISION: Using the example above – familiarise yourself with the Allowances section of the ATO’s Employers Guide and review your Allowances in your system and see if you can work out which categories they will fall into.

Where unsure; you may have to seek further clarification from your own employer contracts, potentially Fair Work Awards or an Employment lawyer.

Impact for Overtime

What employers should consider

Overtime is when your employee works extra time.

The ATO Employer Guidelines include good examples on some of the finer and more complex situations around when overtime may not actually be overtime.

IMPORTANT CHANGE: You may be surprised to learn that in some specific situations, the payment of Leave Loading would be classified as Overtime and not as Paid Leave.

Within the ATO Employers Guidelines they explain the difference and where your business has paid leave loading historically, it will be necessary to review to make sure that it is being reported according to the correct category.

  • Leave Loading categorised as overtime – where it is clearly linked to a notional loss of opportunity to work overtime, otherwise.
  • Leave Loading is categorised as Paid Leave.

Impact for Salary Sacrifice

What employers should consider

Salary Sacrifice and how this is reported is changing with STP2.

IMPORTANT CHANGE: The values that previously reduced the Gross value reported to the ATO are now required to be reported separately.

In addition, to be clear on the type of salary sacrifice that is in place it is defined between 2 types of categories. Superannuation Salary Sacrifice – type (S) and all other Salary Sacrifice deductions – type (O).

DECISION: Review how you categorise salary sacrifice in your payroll solution, as all payments that relate to Superannuation are required to be identified when reported under the new STP2 requirements.

How does MicrOpay assist in your transition?

As part of the design of our solution, we have considered how best to manage some of these changes for you. A number of these will be included in future releases

Listed below are some of the areas that will be automated to assist in your transition to STP2.

Tax Treatment – this ATO term relates to the detail of how employees are being taxed in your payroll solution.

  • A new 6 character code has been created to identify all the taxation scenarios for every employee paid.
  • Based on the tax setup in each employee’s record, this new Tax Treatment code will be automatically created and is a summary (in code form) of the taxation setup for an employee.
  • This option replaces the tax file declaration data that was previously sent when an employee first was paid in STP1.

Tax Declaration – A tax declaration form is still a requirement to begin employment and must still be completed by the employee and submitted to the employer to know how to tax their pay.

Income Types – this ATO term relates to the type of employee and how the income is derived and taxed.

  • There are additional income types that have been created for reporting for STP2
  • Based on the Tax File Declaration form – the Income Type is derived for most employees, for example where an employee.
    • Is an Australian Resident and claims the Tax Free threshold (their primary job) then they would be classified for STP2 reporting with an Income Type of Salaries and Wages (SAW).
    • Where an employee is a Foreign Resident and is a Working Holiday Maker then they would be classified with an Income Type of Working Holiday Maker of FEI and (WHM).

Based on the setup of every employee in your payroll solution, an Income type will be created and displayed and will need to be reviewed.

There are new types that your business could be utilising and will need to classify where these are relevant

The ATO Employer Guidelines explain all the changes that are needed for STP2 Reporting.

The Access Group will be providing a range of services and resources to assist in the transition to STP2 reporting in 2022.

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Access Single Touch Payroll Consulting Services

No need to go it alone, our team of consultants are ready to take you though your own STP2 journey to ensure you transition efficiently.

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STP2 Readiness

  • Complete comprehensive review of your STP2 readiness.
  • Assist with the recategorisation of Income Types.
  • Create additional Income Types (if applicable).
  • Holiday maker & foreign income.
  • Employee allocation of additional income types (if applicable).
  • End of month reporting and STP audit reports.
  • More




$900 excluding GST

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STP Readiness Plus

Includes full STP2 Readiness package plus: 

  • Guidance with T&A system file updates for MicrOpay import.
  • Multi employee timesheet.
  • General ledger journals.
  • Payroll tax report.
  • Webinar access.





$1970 excluding GST

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Access the latest MicrOpay STP2 information in our knowledge base

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Access Outsourcing for STP2

For our valued outsourced clients, we’re here to help you navigate STP2. Stay tuned for a list of activities in the first half of 2022.

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Resources Section

To help you navigate through the STP2 changes, we’ve put together some resources.

ATO Resources

Access Group Resources

MicrOpay Webinar Recordings

Access Group Resources