Single Touch Payroll Phase 2

Started 1st January 2022.

Whilst the start date for STP phase 2 remains 1st January 2022, the ATO is committed to supporting employers transition to STP Phase 2 reporting by being flexible and reasonable.

Australian employers will now have two more months to transition to the second phase of Single Touch Payroll as the ATO announces a blanket deferral in light of the current business environment.

Your software provider will let you know when they are ready for you to start filing under STP2.  We are expecting this to take place in stages over the coming 12 months, with all users converted by the dates shown below.

Please let us know if your software provider notifies you that your software is ready

This is what the software providers (DSGs) are saying on their websites:


XeroXero has been granted a deferral on the start date of the STP Phase 2 for our payroll software, and applies to all new and existing customers.

This means that all customers reporting STP using Xero Payroll have until 31 December 2022 to report their first STP Phase 2 pay run, instead of the 1 January 2022 ATO deadline. 

This gives our Xero Payroll customers more time to ensure that payroll records are STP Phase 2 compliant.

Details here


MYOB –  We’ve updated AccountRight to ensure it meets the new STP requirements. We’ve added some fields to your employees’ cards and updated the list of ATO reporting categories. We’ll let you know when to move to STP Phase 2, at which time you’ll be guided through the process.  More details for AccountRight


STP Phase 2 is an expansion of the ATO’s reporting requirements. To learn about what’s changing, visit the ATO website. If you’re already reporting via STP, you don’t need to do anything right now. We’ll be updating our Essentials system to comply with the ATO’s new requirements, and we’ll be in touch with more details soon. 


More details for Essentials