AUSkey

AUSkey (including Manage ABN Connections) will be replaced by myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) at the end of March 2020.

This module provides an overview of how business can use AUSkey to connect with government online services:

What is AUSkey?

AUSkey is a secure login that identifies you when you use participating government online services on behalf of a business. It allows you to:

  • report directly to government through SBR-enabled software (www.sbr.gov.au)
  • log in to participating business online services.

Visit AUSkey on the Australian Business Register (ABR) for more information, including which government online services accept AUSkey.

AUSkey replacement

AUSkey (including Manage ABN Connections) will be replaced by myGovID and RAM at the end of March 2020. Device AUSkeys will be replaced by new machine credentials.

You can use myGovID and RAM with selected government online services including the ABR and the Australian Taxation Office Business Portal and Online services for agents.

Types of AUSkey

AUSkeys come in three types: Standard, Administrator and Device.

The difference between AUSkeys

Type of AUSkey

View and update your own details

Change your password

Get additional AUSkeys

Register other people for AUSkeys

Register your business for a Device AUSkey

View and update all AUSkey details for your business

Cancel your AUSkey

Cancel any AUSkey in your business

Installation options

Standard AUSkey

yes

yes

yes

no

no

no

yes

no

Your computer's hard drive or a portable media device (for example, USB stick)

Administrator AUSkey

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Your computer's hard drive or a portable media device (for example, USB stick)

A Device AUSkey is issued to a server or IP address rather than a person. It is installed on your organisation’s server. If you are a custodian for a Device AUSkey, you will be able to view its details in the online management facility.

Using your AUSkey

To use your AUSkey, work on the desktop on which it is installed (or plug in the USB stick with your AUSkey on it) and:

  • use your SBR-enabled software
  • log in to a participating business to government online service.

You will be prompted to select your AUSkey from a drop-down list and enter your password.

Some government agencies require you to link your AUSkey to their systems before you can use it to log in to their online services or report to them through SBR-enabled software. The process will differ from agency to agency. You will be directed to information which will explain what is required as the last step in downloading and installing your AUSkey.

Last updated: 
18 December 2019
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