The ABS and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have identified additional variability in Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting over the most recent periods.
This issue relates to processes used to combine data from employers who are now reporting through the second phase of STP and employers who are still in transition and reporting through the initial phase.
This is a technical issue that is limited to the use of STP data for statistical purposes. This issue does not reflect the reporting of STP data to the ATO or how it is used for other purposes.
This issue impacts on the Experimental Point in Time Employment Size Range data in the December 2022 quarter, but has been mitigated by substituting missing STP data with annualised employment estimates (derived from ATO payees data). The derivation of these employment counts is explained in the Methodology publication.