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Rules and guidelines for conducting STP headcount

Which employers need to be ready to report STP to the ATO from 1 July 2018?

If your employee STP headcount on 1 April 2018 is 20 or more you must join STP reporting on 1 July 2018. If your employee headcount is less than 20 you are still welcome to report optionally through STP – and, subject to legislation being passed in Parliament, you will need to do so by 1 July 2019.

If I have different types of employees, who do I include/exclude in the headcount?

You need to include the following employees in your headcount:

  • full-time employees
  • part-time employees
  • casual employees who are on your payroll on 1 April 2018 and worked any time during March 2018
  • employees based overseas
  • any employee absent or on leave (paid or unpaid)
  • seasonal employees (staff who are engaged short term to meet a regular peak workload, for example, harvest workers).

You do not include the following:

  • any employees who ceased work before 1 April 2018
  • casual employees who did not work in March 2018
  • independent contractors
  • staff provided by a third-party labour hire organisation
  • company directors
  • office holders
  • religious practitioners

If your company is part of a company group, the total number of employees as defined above, employed by all member companies of the wholly-owned group, must be included in the employee headcount.

We have more than a 19 employee headcount – what do we have to do?

It is now very important to plan your journey to STP. Businesses will have various processes to check and adjust to get ready. The impact on your business may reach further than just the payroll department, HR and finance may need to review their processes that relate to onboarding employees, paying their wages and reporting/paying superannuation.

My small business meets the 20 employee headcount on April 1 but wouldn’t normally – what do we do?

You may be eligible for a period of exemption; for example, an inflated employee headcount due to seasonal harvesting. Rural employers may also be eligible where they have an unreliable internet connection. If you feel your business is eligible for a period of exemption you should contact the ATO as early as you can to state your reasons.

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