Employer Obligations (EO)


This page contains information and artefacts for Software Developers who have or are interested in developing web services that enable an Employer to fulfil their reporting obligations to the ATO.

The web services deployed to date are:

The ATO provides a number of common artefacts and reference documents to support DSPs (such as the ATO Service Registry and the ATO Service Support Versioning Strategy). These can be found here.

Employee Withholding and Super Notification Details (EMPWTHSPRDTL)

Employee Withholding and Super Notification Details (EMPWTHSPRDTL) service allow employers (or their business intermediaries) to retrieve their employees’ TFN declaration and choice of super fund details which have been submitted via ATO Online.

The web service messages are exchanged using the ATO ebMS3 protocol with the message payload constructed using the XML format.  The SBR AU Dictionary has been used to define the elements within the messages.

EMPWTHSPRDTL.0001 (2018)

This service has been deactivated and replaced by EMPWTHSPRDTL.0002 (2018)

EMPWTHSPRDTL.0002 (2018)

Name Version number Status Size Published date
ATO EMPWTHSPRDTL.0002 2018 Package v1.0 Contents.docx 1.0 Final 236KB 06 December 2018
ATO EMPWTHSPRDTL.0002 2018 Package v1.0.zip 1.0 Final 712KB 06 December 2018

Payment Summaries (PS)

Whilst the ATO has multiple versions of the PS service in EVTE and Production via the SBR Core Services platform, it is recommended any new Software Developers that are looking to consume PS web services develop from the most current version. Information on deprecation dates and deactivation can be found in the ATO Service Registry.

PS.0005 (2018)

Name Version Number Status Size Published date
ATO PS.0005.2018 Package v1.1 Contents.docx 1.1 Final 211KB 20 May 2021
ATO PS.0005.2018 Package v1.1.zip 1.1 Final 14.1MB 20 May 2021

PS.0004 (2017)

Name Version Number Status Size Published date
ATO PS.0004 2017 Package v1.0 Contents.docx 1.1 Final 206KB 20 May 2021
ATO PS.0004 2017 Package v1.0.zip 1.1 Final 614KB 20 May 2021

PS.0002 (2012) and PS.0003 (2013) DEPRECATED

  • The PS.0002 and PS.0003 versions are deprecated and are no longer available to build against - product whitelisting is closed.
  • The actual deactivation dates can be found in the Service Registry.
  • For those in the build phase that are about to enter in to or have starting testing in EVTE, please contact your account manager for guidance.

Payroll Event (PAYEVNT)

Payroll Event (PAYEVNT) services provide employers or their registered intermediary the ability to meet their Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting obligations to the ATO.

The web service messages are exchanged using the ATO ebMS3 protocol with the message payload constructed using the XML format.  The SBR AU Dictionary has been used to define the elements within the messages.

DSPs will need to demonstrate they have tested against both the submit and update service actions.

PAYEVNT.0004 (2020)

Name Version number Status Size Published date
ATO PAYEVNT.0004 2020 Package v1.1 Contents.docx 1.1 Final 215KB 23 April 2021
ATO PAYEVNT.0004 2020 Package v1.1.zip 1.1 Final 3.15MB 23 April 2021
ATO PAYEVNT.0004 2020 Business Implementation Guide 1.2 Final 5.89MB 7 May 2021

PAYEVNT.0003 (2018) - DEPRECATED

This version has been deprecated and is only available for new low cost payroll providers to develop a new service. Please contact the ATO DPO prior to developing a new service using this version.

Name Version number Status Size Published date
ATO PAYEVNT.0003 2018 Package v1.5 Contents.docx 1.5 Final 223KB 23 April 2021
ATO PAYEVNT.0003 2018 Package v1.5.zip 1.5 Final 2.45MB 23 April 2021
ATO PAYEVNT.0003 2018 Business Implementation Guide.docx 1.0 Final 1.6MB 14 January 2021

PAYEVNT.0002 (2017) - Deactivated

Tax File Number Declaration (TFND)

The Tax File Number Declaration (TFND) allows for the lodgment of a tax file number declaration/s by an employer or their intermediary.

  • The TFND.0005 2019 and TFND.0004 2017 web service messages are exchanged using the ATO ebMS3 protocol with the message payload constructed using the XML format.
  • The TFND.0003 2016 web service messages are exchanged using the SBR Core Services protocol with the message payload constructed using the XBRL format. This Service has not been deprecated in line with the Service Support Versioning Strategy until further consultation has occurred.

TFND.0005 (2019)

Name Version number Status Size Published date

ATO TFND.0005 2019 Package v1.0 Contents.docx

1.0 Final 226KB 18 April 2019
ATO TFND.0005 2019 Package v1.0.zip 1.0 Final 854KB 18 April 2019

 

TFND.0004 (2017)

Name Version number Status Size Published date
ATO TFND.0004 2017 Package v1.0 Contents.docx 1.0 Final 234KB 7 February 2019
ATO TFND.0004 2017 Package v1.0.zip 1.0 Final 784KB 7 February 2019

TFND.0003 (2016)

Name Version number Status Size Published date
ATO TFND.0003 2016 Package v1.2 Contents.docx 1.2 Final 241KB 18 October 2018
ATO TFND.0003 2016 Package v1.2.zip 1.2 Final 564KB 18 October 2018

TFND.0001 (2010) and TFND.0002 (2015) DEPRECATED

  • The TFND.0001 and TFND.0002 versions are deprecated and are no longer available to build against - product whitelisting is closed.
  • The actual deactivation dates can be found in the Service Registry.

For those in the build phase that are about to enter in to or have starting testing in EVTE, please contact your account manager for guidance.

Taxable Payments Annual Report (TPAR)

The Taxable Payments Annual Report (TPAR) provides business or their intermediary the ability to report payments made to contractors for providing certain services. The TPAR also provides Government entities or their intermediary the ability to report payments made wholly or partly to entities for providing services and/or grants paid to people or organisations with an ABN. The service caters for lodgments from the 2012/13 financial year and forward. For more information about Taxable payments annual report please refer to the ATO website.

A flat file format version of taxable payments annual report is available and can be lodged via the file transfer facility in the ATO portals. The flat file format must comply with the Electronic Reporting Specification - taxable payments annual report available on the ATO software developers website at TPAR specification.

TPAR.0003 (2021)

Name Version number Status Size Published date
ATO TPAR.0003 2021 Package v1.0 Contents.docx 1.0 Final 218KB 20 May 2021
ATO TPAR.0003 2021 Package v1.0.zip 1.0 Final 1.08MB 20 May 2021

TPAR.0002 (2020) DEPRECATED

  • The TPAR.0002 version is deprecated and is no longer available to build against - product whitelisting is closed.
  • The actual deactivation dates can be found in the Service Registry.
  • For those in the build phase that are about to enter in to or have started testing in EVTE, please contact the Digital Partnership Office for guidance.

TPAR.0001 (2013) DEPRECATED

  • The TPAR.0001 version is deprecated and is no longer available to build against - product whitelisting is closed.
  • The actual deactivation dates can be found in the Service Registry.
  • For those in the build phase that are about to enter in to or have starting testing in EVTE, please contact your account manager for guidance.
Last updated: 
21 May 2021
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