Single Touch Payroll helps you get JobKeeper ready

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a way of reporting your employee salaries, wages, PAYG withholdings and superannuation to the ATO and getting started with Xero's online accounting and payroll software is easy. It will also help the ATO determine your eligibility for JobKeeper payments.


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What is Single Touch Payroll?

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a way of reporting payroll information to the Australian Tax Office (ATO). Businesses used to report this information to the ATO once a year, now, they need to send a report after each pay day.

And those reports must be submitted using a solution that is Single Touch Payroll compliant, such as payroll or accounting software. With Single Touch Payroll (STP), the payment summary annual report and the payment summary will go away.

How will it affect me

Why do I have to get Single Touch Payroll compliant?

Legislation passed in Australia means all businesses will have to start reporting employee salaries, wages, PAYG withholdings and super to the ATO through Single Touch Payroll.

We understand adopting a new technology and embracing a digital future can be daunting, that's why Xero's payroll and online accounting software is here to make it easier than ever, as well as help make the JobKeeper application process smoother.

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How do I access the ATO's JobKeeper payment through Single Touch Payroll

The JobKeeper payments program legislated by the Australian government will financially support small businesses in Australia affected by the economic impact caused by the Coronavirus. A second phase of the JobKeeper program has been announced and will run to March 2021.


Check your business is eligible with our turnover calculator. 

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Ensure you’ve set up STP and enrol your business with the ATO

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Enrol employees who may be eligible for payments

Enrol employees

Report JobKeeper payments you’ve made to employees

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Xero’s Payroll Only plan

For employers with 1-4 employees, Xero's Payroll Only plan gives you a simple way to pay staff, comply with Single Touch Payroll and connect eligible businesses and employees to JobKeeper payments. 

Purchase our Payroll Only plan for just $10/month.

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Get access to the most powerful online accounting software and payroll tools so you can stay on top of your finances and get Single Touch Payroll compliant and JobKeeper ready with Xero.



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How do I become Single Touch Payroll Compliant?

 Xero is Single Touch Payroll ready so don’t worry, we’ve got it sorted for you. We work out what payroll information needs to be filed, and send it securely through to the ATO for you. Here's how you can get started.


Work out how you will start reporting

You can report your Single Touch Payroll through a payroll or accounting software, a registered tax or BAS agent who reports on your behalf or a low cost STP solution.


Set up your payroll

Before you can file your payroll to the ATO, you'll first need to set up your payroll system.


Enable Single Touch Payroll

To be compliant with the ATO's requirements, you'll need to connect your Xero account to the ATO's portal.

If  you're not currently using any payroll or accounting software, our payroll digitisation playbook can help you understand what's involved or download our handy payroll checklist to get you Single Touch Payroll sorted.

Accountant or Bookkeeper?

Looking for extra help getting your clients STP sorted? Check out our FREE resources to help you get your clients compliant with Xero payroll and online accounting software.

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Frequently asked questions

Want to know more about Single Touch Payroll and Xero?

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