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ATO begins STP data-sharing program with Services Australia

Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores
18 September 2020 1 minute readShare

The Australian Taxation Office has commenced a new data-matching program in collaboration with Services Australia in relation to the use of Single Touch Payroll data.

According to a gazette notice released this week, the data-matching program involves the exchange of STP data from the ATO for individuals who have a relationship with Services Australia, formerly the Department of Human Services.

Earlier this year, the ATO said it requested access to data of 3 million Aussies from Services Australia to narrow in on businesses fraudulently applying for any JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments.


Under the data-matching program, the STP data will then be matched against Services Australia records.

It is expected to assist Services Australia in delivering a more simple, helpful, respectful and transparent experience for customers, the notice said.


The data exchange between the ATO and Services Australia is estimated to cover around 10 million to 12 million Australian taxpayers until the end of June 2021, after which the program will undergo a review.

The program is expected to help identify where there is a significant difference between STP income and the estimate the customer has provided to Services Australia, and reminding customers to suggest that they revisit their income estimate.

It will also support the timely confirmation of employment and establishment of child support employer withholdings where appropriate, as well as support existing debt recovery processes, including the contacting of customers with which it has lost contact.

The program will also prefill employer details as reported through STP onto Services Australia online services for review by customers.



In addition, STP data will be analysed as a means to improve the processes of Services Australia.

ATO begins STP data-sharing program with Services Australia
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Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores is the deputy editor of MyBusiness. Before that, he was the deputy editor for SMSF Adviser as well as features editor for ifa (Independent Financial Adviser), InvestorDaily, Risk Adviser, Fintech Business and Adviser Innovation.

You can email Adrian at [email protected].

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