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Getting access and setting permissions

Explains what to do before you start, including having SBR-enabled software and Access Manager and possibly myGovID.

Last updated 13 November 2023

Before you start

Before you start using the PLS, you will need:

SBR-enabled software

Standard Business Reporting (SBR) is a standardised approach to online or digital record-keeping that simplifies business reporting obligations.

SBR is built into many business and accounting software packages, making them 'SBR-enabled'.

To find out how to get SBR-enabled softwareExternal Link, including upgrades and installation, talk to your technology adviser or digital service provider.

Access requirements for SBR-enabled software

The access requirements for SBR-enabled software are different depending on whether you have desktop or hosted (cloud-based) software.

PLS authentication outlines the differences and requirements for online (cloud-based) software and desktop software users.


myGovID – a digital identity credential unique to you – is the new, easy and secure way to prove who you are online.

Unable to log in or verify your myGovID?

If you can't log in using your myGovID, phone the technical help desk on 1300 287 539 or refer to Troubleshooting common errors and issues.

You can get more information on How to set up a myGovIDExternal Link.

Access manager

With Access manager, you can decide who has access to ATO online services on behalf of your business and what level of access they have.