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Australian Taxation Office flags need to take up myGovID

Upgrade affects BAS, super and payroll functions in Business Portal


In the midst of a national business information effort, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has warned the transport and logistics industry about the looming transition to a new payment system.

On March 27, the 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 or a range of other government online services, will need to setup and use myGovID.

The message is aimed particularly at those:

about to lodge a Business Activity Statement (BAS)

who need to access the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (SBSCH)

who need to view their Single Touch Payroll reports.

The ATO says the myGovID app is available to download to your smart device, using security features in your device such as fingerprint, face or password to help keep your information secure.

This is to protect user identity and help stop other people accessing 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.

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The ATO expects that most people will find myGovID solves a lot of problems they had with AUSkey and encourages them to try it today.

“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,” ATO chief digital officer John Dardo says.

“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.”

The ATO provides these steps to getting started:

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,” Dardo says.

“Don’t leave it to the last minute, get set up today. Download the myGovID app and link it to a business using RAM”.

More information can be found at


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