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Single Touch Payroll data journey from payroll to the ATO

ATO Single Touch Payroll Products

The Australian Taxation Office has added some initial Single Touch Payroll products to the ABSIA Product Catalogue. This includes a listing option to highlight intent to deliver.

Details are as follows:

Developing for Single Touch Payroll

Payroll software providers who have the intention of delivering Single Touch Payroll enabled solutions. There are many factors still to be considered and developed, but the listing is to assist employers and agents for planning purposes.

Payroll software providers may be considering both the functional changes required for the legislation and the technical delivery method of transmitting data to the ATO. As per the above illustration, all steps in the data journey may be performed within the payroll software itself (or their cloud), or by a 3rd party service provider.

As the Single Touch Payroll design and implementation progresses, more detailed product listings will become available.

This will be self-certified

See current products on the ABSIA Product Catalogue for this functionality here.


STP Payroll Event - Version PAYEVNT.0002.2017 (now deprecated) and Version PAYEVNT.0003.2018 (current)

Digital service providers (payroll software vendors or 3rd party solution providers) who have been ATO-certified (whitelisted) for the Single Touch Payroll - Payroll Event services: submit and update. There are two supported versions:

  • PAYEVNT.0002.2017 - these are the early adopters for STP. Those DSPs whitelisted for this service can continue to support employers to deploy it into production. However, no new DSP whitelistings in this version are possible since the release of the current version.
  • PAYEVNT.0003.2018 - this is the current version of STP.

These digital service providers offer services to report salary and wages, pay as you go withholding and super information to the ATO to meet obligations under the Budget Savings (Omnibus) Act 2016.

This will be self-certified initially, but monitored by ATO DPO until we make some minor modifications to the ABSIA Product Catalogue functionality.

 See current products on the ABSIA Product Catalogue for this functionality here.


STP - Third Party Solution Providers

The data submission from payroll software to the ATO does not have to be delivered from within the payroll software itself, but may use third party service providers to perform key steps in the process. These data service steps, as illustrated in the diagram at the top of the page, include, but are not limited to:

  • receiving the data from payroll software, via portal or APIs (machine to machine);
  • transforming the data into the required format;
  • wrapping the message for transmission to the ATO;
  • signing the message using AUSkey; and
  • sending the message to the ATO.

The service providers (3rd party solution providers) who have the intention of delivering one or more of these data services may list their intention to provide the services and specify the type of services they intend to certify/whitelist. The ATO will closely monitor the providers listed to assist in the design and delivery of the certified services.

This will be self-certified

 See current products on the ABSIA Product Catalogue for this functionality here.


See current products on the ABSIA Product Catalogue for all STP functionality here.