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Payroll Special Interest Group

There is such a lot happening with payroll - for the last couple of years and over the next several years, due to the initiative by the Australian Taxation Office for Single Touch Payroll. The Payroll Special Interest Group (PY-SIG) was formed to create a close alliance of those ABSIA members who deliver software for payroll: functionally or for transmission or support.

Deanne Windsor, ABSIA Board Director, is the lead for payroll matters and liaises with ATO and other agencies on behalf of our members and manages our online forum category for payroll. We use our forum as the online collaboration tool to connect with other members and our government partners. We have established a successful engagement model with ATO for the co-design of Single Touch Payroll.

How the PY-SIG Operates

By financial ABSIA members requesting access to the ABSIA online forum and, specifically, to be a member of the PY-SIG, our members participate in our online forum discussions. Deanne has structured the forum category for Payroll to have many sub-categories for the range of discussion topics, such as the following:

Payroll Special Interest Group

This is the primary discussion group that is open to financial ABSIA members only, upon request. Here, members discuss details of information they wish to share with others, ask for support from other members, or to confirm understandings. There is a very collegiate and professionally respectful discussion here, with some of the largest volume of discourse that occurs on the forum. This is also where Deanne reaches out to members to ask for opinions, positions, issues and concerns to represent to ATO on members behalf. Lots of non-ABSIA members are eager to gain access to this valuable IP, but it is strictly controlled and limited to financial ABSIA members only!

Single Touch Payroll

This group is a combination of the PY-SIG and ATO Single Touch Payroll staff. It allows for the sharing of our questions and issues directly with the ATO team. Most importantly, it allows our members to see what issues each other are experiencing.

New Zealand Inland Revenue Department

The representatives from NZ-IRD who are working on the Pay Day reporting for NZ share a discussion group with the PY-SIG, to enable online collaboration for those payroll matters that are rolling out at the same time as Single Touch Payroll.

STP - Phase 2

The Departments of Human Services, Social Services, Veterans Affairs and others have a dedicated discussion group with the invitation-only focus group of ABSIA members who are co-designing STP Phase 2 with both ATO and these agencies.

PAYG Withholding

Other dedicated matters about clarifying operational payroll issues with the ATO PAYG Withholding team.

Various STP Governance Groups

Several invitation-only groups that include ATO, ABSIA members and non-member participants, to enable online collaboration on design matters for Single Touch Payroll.

Employer Payroll Professionals

Specific employers have been invited to collaborate online with ATO and ABSIA members on the STP scenarios that further illustrate the detailed design, in concert with the BIG.

How You Can Join our Payroll Special Interest Group

You have to be a financial ABSIA member. We encourage financial members who are involved in payroll to join the SIG and be a part of the co-design process. For those new members wishing to participate in this SIG please email For existing members who are users on the forum, the key liaison with ABSIA should follow the User Guides to request additional users to be invited to the PY-SIG.