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  • Manage ABN Connections

    Manage ABN Connections is a new way for you to access government online services using your myGov login. It's a secure login alternative to an AUSkey to access the Business Portal and other government online services, and can be used from mobile devices.

    If you already have a myGov account linked to the ATO, Centrelink or Medicare you can now use Manage ABN Connections to access government online business services such as:

    • Business Portal
    • Access Manager
    • AUSkey Manager
    • Australian Business Register (ABR)
    • Departing Australia Superannuation Payment (DASP).

    Feedback from the tax professional community identified that further work is required to meet the needs of Tax and BAS agents. Therefore myGov isn't currently an available login for the Tax or BAS Agent Portals.

    If you don’t have a myGov account you will need to create one and link to either the ATO, Centrelink or Medicare before you can set-up an ABN connection.

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    The ability to connect an ABN to your myGov account gives you:

    • a choice in how you access government online business services
    • the ability to connect one or multiple ABNs
    • a single username and password for both personal and business services.

    It also offers you greater flexibility to conduct your business anytime, anywhere because it's compatible with all browsers and mobile devices. This is unlike AUSkey, which can only be used on the computer it's been installed on or from a USB.

    Who can use it

    Manage ABN Connections can be used by:

    • the associates of a business
    • business staff.

    The associates of a business include anyone listed as an associate in the ABR, for example, business owners, directors of a company, partners of a partnership, or trustees of a trust. If you're the associate of a business, you can use your personal TFN and ABN to set up Manage ABN Connections.

    Any staff member with an AUSkey can set up Manage ABN Connections.

    You should continue to use Access Manager to manage all associate and staff member accesses and permissions to your business information, including removing access entirely.

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    Get started

    To connect ABN/s to your myGov account you need to be authorised to act on behalf of a business and have a myGov account that's linked to a ATO, Centrelink, or Medicare. You will also need to make sure your myGov security codes are turned on.

    If you already have a myGov account linked to the ATO, Centrelink or Medicare, simply connect your ABN/s to your personal myGov account by selecting 'Manage ABN Connections' in 'Account Settings' in myGov.

    If you create a myGov account and link to the ATO, it's important to note you will receive most personal ATO mail (and business ATO mail, if you are a sole trader) through your myGov Inbox. If you create a myGov account and link to Centrelink or Medicare, this will not alter the delivery of your ATO mail. 

    If you have a tax or BAS agent and you link to the ATO, they will still be able to access any correspondence we send to you, but they won't be alerted to the correspondence.  In this case, we recommend you discuss the establishment of the ABN connection with them.

    Once you are ready to link your myGov to an ABN, simply follow these steps:

    1. Log in to myGov.
    2. Go to Account settings.
    3. Then select 'Manage ABN Connections'.
    4. If you're an associate of the business, you can connect using either your personal details (ABN and personal TFN) or your AUSkey and password.

    If you're a staff member, you must connect ABNs using an AUSkey and password.

    If you connect using your AUSkey and password you must be using the USB or machine your AUSkey is installed on (once you've connected you'll no longer need to use an AUSkey).

    1. Select Start connection process.
    2. Follow the prompts.

    Once the ABN is connected you can access government online business services (for example, the Business Portal). When you log in to the service, access the service's login screen as normal and choose 'myGov' from the login options, and sign in using your myGov details.

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    Last modified: 22 May 2017QC 49315