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  • Single Touch Payroll Employer Transition Working Group key messages 22 March 2023

    Key topics discussed at the Single Touch Payroll Employer Transition Working Group 22 March 2023.

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    Chair, Chontelle Weyman welcomed members and attendees to the Single Touch Payroll (STP) Employer Transition Working Group (ETWG) meeting for March 2023.

    Digital service provider update

    Chontelle provided an update on digital service provider (DSP) readiness and testing, noting the following:

    • DSPs product readiness is progressing well with over 85% of products now being whitelisted for STP Phase 2 reporting.
    • We recently issued another DSP industry update, that highlighted common Standard Business Reporting errors. Feedback received has been positive.

    Employer transition and engagement update

    Chontelle provided the group an update on the Phase 2 employer transition and engagement activities, noting:

    • We currently have over 600,000 employers who are reporting Phase 2 data for over 9.7 million individuals.
    • We are still expecting that 95% of employers will transition to Phase 2 reporting by 31 July 2023.

    Correspondence update

    Kylie Merner from the ATO provided an overview of the Phase 2 employer communication activities that have occurred since the last meeting in February 2023, noting:

    • Multiple ‘Get ready’ and ‘Act now’ reminders have been issued to employers during February and March to ensure they are aware of their Phase 2 obligations.
    • We have listened to your feedback and have introduced a new nudge with stronger wording for those employers who do not transition or act after receiving multiple reminders and nudges.

    Other business

    Chontelle discussed with members their thoughts on closing the ETWG, with the final meeting for the group planned for 18 April 2023, noting the following:

    • The ATO values the opportunity to collaborate with members.
    • When referring to the charter, the purpose of the group has been achieved.
    • The ATO has a robust consultation model for members who would like to continue to contribute.

    Members agreed with the closure to go ahead in April 2023.

    Chontelle thanked members for their attendance and closed the meeting.

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