If you are using the My Aged Care portal or taxation office’s business portal, it is time to set up myGovID.

The Australian Taxation Office and 26 other government agencies will retire the decade old AUSkey and the Manage ABN Connections login credentials on 27 March.

Anyone who uses the My Aged Care portal, the ATO’s Business Portal, or a range of other government online services needs to setup and use myGovID instead.

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 a person’s identity and help stop other people accessing their 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.

My Aged Care already supports myGovID and RAM, as well as VANguard FAS.

The ATO’s chief digital officer John Dardo said most people will find myGovID solves a lot of problems they have with AUSkey.

“We’ve had over 5 million logins to the ATO portals using myGovID so far and that’s because it’s simple, secure and flexible,” Mr Dardo said.

Mr Dardo said a feature coming later in March will support staff without Australian identity documents.

“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.”

Steps to set up myGovID

  1. Set up your myGovID by downloading the myGovID app from the App Store or Google Play and using your Australian identity documents to enrol.
  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.
  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.

Mr Dardo encouraged ATO Business Portal users to move from AUSkey to myGovID before AUSkey retires.

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

Find out more here.

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