AUSkey is changing - are you ready?

The ATO has confirmed that AUSkey and Manage ABN Connections will cease at midnight (AEDT) on Friday 27 March 2020 and is being replaced with myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM).
The introduction of myGovID will enable business owners to be more agile with mobile solutions available at their fingertips, easy access anytime, anywhere. MyGovID is already appearing as the default option when logging in to online services, though you will still be able to your AUSkey until it ceases on 27 March 2020.
MyGovID is the Australian Government's new digital identity provider; essentially the digital version of the 100 point ID check. It is a portable way to prove your identity when using government services online, and once set up this credential will be available on a tablet or mobile device.
RAM is a new Australian Government authorisation service that allows you to act on behalf of an entity with participating government online services.

The government’s intention to replace AUSkey was to overcome the limitations and mobility issues experienced since its introduction in 2010, following years of complaints about the restrictions and failure to keep up with changes in technology.
Over time, myGovID will extend to more government services, those who are already set up can start using it to log in to areas such as:

  • Business portal – for businesses to report and manage their tax and superannuation
  • Australian Business Register (ABR) – to update and manage authorisations at the ABR website
  • ATO Access Manager – for customising access and permissions for ATO online services
  • Employer support payment scheme – the online claim system for employers of defence reservists and self-employed reservists

If you currently use an AUSkey, you will need to transition to myGovID prior to Friday 27 March 2020.

Setting up myGovID on your device

The myGovID app is compatible with most smart devices using:

  • iOS 10 or later on Apple devices
  • Android 7.0 or later

Download the free myGovID app from the official app store here:

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Setting up Relationship Authorisation Manager

Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) allows you to manage your business authorisations.  To manage your business authorisations, the principal authority of the business will first need to set up their MyGovID and then link their business in RAM.

The principal authority can then authorise others to access government online services on behalf of their business and may want to add an authorisation administrator to create and manage authorisations for others in the business. 

A principal authority is:
  • A sole trader
  • An eligible individual associate (eg. director) listed on an Australian Business Number (ABN) in the Australian Business Register (ABR)
  • A primary person (where there are no individuals listed in the ABR for example a Trust with a corporate trustee that does not have an ABN or an Australian charity) For more information and to add authorisations visit the RAM Website.

If you need assistance with setting up your AUSkey, or fixing an existing AUSkey, please contact the team at Moore Stephens Australia so we can assist with your individual situation.