AUSkey reminder from ATO - less than two weeks until AUSkey closes, act now

AUSkey reminder from ATO – less than two weeks until AUSkey closes, act now

by Freya Lucas

March 19, 2020

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has reminded early childhood education and care (ECEC) providers that, in less than two weeks, myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) replaces AUSkey and Manage ABN Connections.


“If you haven’t made the move, the time is now. AUSkey will not be extended, so don’t wait,” was the clear and concise message from an ATO spokesperson. 


“If you wait until after 27 March, you risk locking yourself out of the Business Portal and missing important deadlines, such as lodging your activity statements or paying your super guarantee contributions through the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House,” the spokesperson continued.


The ATO suggested the following tips for those services who have yet to make the transition:

  • Have a compatible device – a smart device using iOS 10 (Apple) or Nougat 7.0 (Android) or above. This will ensure the device has the required security support to protect an individual’s identity. Compatible smart devices are available from $99. In the event that such a device needs to be purchased, it can be claimed as a tax deduction.


  • Get documents ready – the name used to create the myGovID must match documents in order to verify identity. If employees cannot meet identity requirements to set up a ‘standard’ myGovID they will need to set up a ‘basic’ myGovID. This will be available mid-March.


  • Log-in to RAM and link the business – use RAM to link the businesses ABN and myGovID so that an individual can log-in to the Business Portal. Once logged in, authorise others to act on the business’ behalf using RAM. AUSkey user functions can be imported to create multiple authorisations, however this can only be done once before AUSkey retires.


For more information about the transition from AUSkey to myGovID and RAM, please see here.