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  • Principal Authority – link your business

    If you are a Principal Authority (eligible associate listed in the ABR) and you are helping your business to move from AUSkey to myGovID and RAM, this is the next step you take after you have done your myGovID set up.

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    Eligible associate

    You need to be an eligible associate listed in the Australian Business Register (ABR) to link your business in RAM.

    An eligible associate is either a:

    • sole trader
    • trustee
    • director
    • public officer
    • partner
    • office bearer of a club or association.

    As the Principal Authority you will automatically be granted all permissions associated with your business. This includes full access to all participating government online services using myGovID, as well as the ability to manage (create/view/edit/remove) authorisations for your business.

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    Important: If the associate of the business is another entity or there are no associates listed in the ABR (for example, corporate trustees, deceased estates, government organisations), you will need to contact the ATO for assistance to link your business or organisation.

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    Steps to link your business

    Step 1

    Go to Relationship Authorisation ManagerExternal Link. Click on Login with myGovID.

    Step 2

    Enter the email address linked to your myGovID.

    A code will appear. Open myGovID on your smart device, log in and enter the 4 digit code into the pop-up within the app. Tap Accept.

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    Step 3

    Click Link your business to be redirected to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to find your business or businesses.

    Step 4

    Enter your postal or residential address as held by the ATO and click Continue.

    Step 5

    Select the business or businesses you wish to link from the list and click Continue.

    Note: All businesses that you are listed as an eligible associate for in the ABR will appear here.

    Step 6

    Enter an email address and click Send Email to receive an authorisation code via the email you entered. Note: The email address entered here can be different to the one used to set up your myGovID. For example, you may want to use a business email address.

    Step 7

    Check your email for a 6-digit verification code. In RAM, enter the verification code, click Verify and then click Continue.

    Step 8

    View the summary of the selected business or businesses and select the checkbox to declare you understand and accept. Click Submit.


    • More than one Principal Authority can link the business in RAM.
    • Once the Principal Authority has linked the business, their role cannot be removed in RAM. You can only unlink the Principal Authority from the business by removing their details in the Australian Business Register (ABR).

    Step 9

    A message will display confirming your business is successfully linked. Click Continue. You will be returned back to the Manage authorisations page.

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    Last modified: 04 Feb 2020QC 61322