On 27 March 2020, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and 26 other government agencies will retire the decade-old AUSkey and the Manage ABN Connections login credentials.
This means anyone who uses the ATO’s Business Portal to, for example, lodge a BAS or manage their self-managed super fund, will need to set up and use myGovID.
The myGovID app is available to download via smart devices and will use security features in the device such as fingerprint, face or password to help keep the information secure. This is to protect the identity and help stop other people from accessing the information.
Once the app is set up, the business owner will need to link their myGovID to their business using the authorisation service called Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) and authorise employee access.
ATO’s Chief Digital Officer, John Dardo, says most people will find myGovID solves a lot of problems they had with AUSkey.
“We’ve had over five million logins to the ATO Portals using myGovID so far and that’s because it’s simple, secure and flexible.”
“We’ve developed a solution for employees who do not have the required identity documents and can’t set up their myGovID, for example, non-residents. It will be available in mid-March, allowing these users to make the move to myGovID then,” he commented.
Get started in a few simple steps:
- Step 1: Set up your myGovID – download the myGovID app from the App Store or Google Play and use your Australian identity documents to enrol.
- Step 2: Log in to RAM using your myGovID and link your business. Before you link your business, check your details on the Australian Business Register are up to date so RAM can use the correct information.
- Step 3 (optional): Authorise your employees and others in RAM to act on behalf of your business online. They will receive an email to accept the authorisation request using their myGovID.
“We’re encouraging ATO Business Portal users to make the move from AUSkey to myGovID now before AUSkey retires,” Mr Dardo said.
Find out more at ato.gov.au/mygovid