Single Touch Payroll (STP)

Access has successfully completed the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) STP Certification process for our payroll solutions. Learn how our payroll solutions adhere to the latest STP Phase 2 regulations.

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What is Single Touch Payroll (STP)?

Streamlined and automated business reporting.

STP Reporting is designed to streamline business reporting obligations, enabling employers to report payments such as salaries and wages, pay-as-you-go (PAYG) withholding and superannuation information directly from your Access payroll solution at the same time you pay employees. This means the ATO will have real-time access to Australian payroll data linking PAYG to Business Activity Statements (BAS) and Superannuation Ordinary Times Earnings Calculations.

Simplified reporting and time savings

STP Reporting changes the way you report to the ATO, but there are some key benefits that make it worthwhile.

  • Streamlined and automated reporting for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) withholding. You’ll be able to remit PAYG with each payroll event.

  • Reduce your admin by prefilling of W1 and W2 on the Business Activity Statement (BAS).

  • End of year will become smoother as you’ll no longer have to process payment summaries, part-year payment summaries or submit end of year reporting to the ATO.

What is Single Touch Payroll (STP) Phase 2?

STP was introduced to support real-time electronic interactions between employers and the ATO.
STP Phase 2 sees other government agencies begin to leverage the STP infrastructure and processes as a method of receiving payroll data.

In this instance Services Australia, will utilise STP to pass additional and more granular information to support the variety of services they deliver.
Click here to review the employer reporting guidelines.

STP Phase 2 FAQ

How STP 2 Impacts You

I’m currently using Access MicrOpay, WageEasy, Attache’ or People Pay?

I’m not using a Access payroll solution?

What are the key changes?

What won’t change?

Is there more detail?

How STP 2 Impacts You

There is a process for transitioning from STP to STP Phase 2. The first part is to confirm you already have STP compliant software. With 25 years of compliance experience, The Access Group is committed to ensuring our customers are compliant with the latest regulations.

The second part is reviewing your system holds all the relevant data to support interactions with the ATO and Services Australia. This will involve the desegregation of gross, entering additional data into new fields as well as configuring the system to appropriately manage the required granularity for these new STP Phase 2 reporting requirements.

I’m currently using Access MicrOpay, WageEasy, Attache’ or People Pay?

Rest assured as an Access payroll customer your system is already STP compliant, this means at this stage you there’s nothing you need to do. The ATO are holding a series of webinar to update employers on the changes, you can access them via this link.

Your Access customer success payroll teams will keep you informed via a series of notifications and webinars as to when your software will be updated to comply with STP Phase 2 and the next steps. Be confident that Access will walk you through the changes, impact and upgrade process to ensure you are compliant.

I’m not using a Access payroll solution?

We recommend that you take the time now to review your payroll software to ensure it is STP compliant and that your software provider is actively reviewing the steps to be compliant with STP Phase 2. If you are not using currently using STP-enabled software or you want to review your payroll systems, you can find out more about Access payroll solutions.

What are the key changes?

The intention is to reduce the burden for employers reporting to multiple government agencies. To achieve this there will be additional information you need to report, which should already be captured in your current payroll software.

The category changes to the STP reporting as listed on the ATO website include:
• Employment conditions.
• Income type and country code.
• Disaggregation of gross.
• Salary sacrifice.
• Lump sums.
• Reporting previous business management software IDs and Payroll IDs.
• Child support garnishees and child support deductions.

Your Access payroll team will assist you in clarifying these and the impact on your business.

What won’t change?

The way you submit your STP report.

In scope payments.

STP reports are still due on or before pay day unless you are eligible for a reporting concession.

The types of payments that are in-scope for STP reporting.

Taxation and superannuation obligations.

End of year finalisation requirements.


Is there more detail?

The ATO will continue to update their STP resource library. Currently there is a STP2 Employers Guide you can access via their website:

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