Manage ABN Connections is a secure way to access government online business services. It provides an alternative to AUSkey and allows authorised individuals to connect ABN/s to their personal myGov account.
Manage ABN Connections allows you to access the following online services:
Note: The Tax Agent Portal and BAS Agent Portal cannot currently be accessed using Manage ABN Connections.
Electronic Commerce Interface (ECI) and Standard Business Reporting (SBR) are currently not available using Manage ABN Connections.
Manage ABN Connections can be used by:
The associates of a business include anyone listed as an associate in the Australian Business Register (ABR), for example, business owners, directors of a company, partners of a partnership, or trustees of a trust. However, sole traders may prefer to use our ATO online services for individuals and sole tradersExternal Link.
If you're authorised to act on behalf of a business you can connect using either your personal details (ABN and personal TFN) or your existing AUSkey and password.
If you're an associate of a business 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.
If you wish to authorise someone to act on behalf of your business (such as a staff member) you can set their permissions using Access Manager.
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To use Manage ABN Connections you need to:
Note: If you create a myGov account and link to the ATO, you'll receive most personal ATO mail (and business ATO mail if you’re a sole trader) through your myGov Inbox.
If you create a myGov account and link it to Centrelink or Medicare, this won't change the delivery of your ATO mail. If you link to the ATO and you have a tax or BAS agent, they will still be able to access any correspondence the ATO sends you. However, your agent won't be notified that you’ve received the correspondence. We recommend that you discuss this with your agent before setting up Manage ABN Connections.
If you've experienced an error trying to connect an ABN to your myGov account and are an associate of the business, you may need to check your details match what is listed in the ABR.
If you've been authorised to act on behalf of the business (such as a staff member), you may need to check that your first name and last name in your registration email matches your myGov profile.
If you're an associate of a business, you can connect from myGov by following these steps.
To connect you must have your security codes turned on or be using the myGov Access app to sign in. If this hasn't been set up already, you'll be prompted to Select a stronger sign-in option where you can choose to receive an SMS code or a code from the myGov Access app. Once this is set up you can continue to connect an ABN.
You can connect using either your personal details (ABN and personal TFN) or your existing 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).
If you're a business associate and would like to authorise someone (such as a staff member) to act on behalf of your business, you can grant them authorisation using AUSkey Manager. To organise for someone to act on behalf of a business, you'll need:
If the person you'd like to authorise already has an AUSkey and password they can use them to link their myGov account to your ABN in myGov. To authorise someone who doesn't have an existing AUSkey and password:
Note: The person you're authorising will receive an email titled Download and install your AUSkey, advising they've been approved to access Government business services for the business. They'll need to follow the link in the email to complete the registration to connect an ABN.
After the person you're authorising has finished linking your ABN to their myGov account, you'll need to set their permissions. As an associate of a business you must continue to set permissions for your authorised people using Access Manager.
If you receive an email titled Download and install your AUSkey, you've been approved to access Government business services on behalf of a business.
To complete your registration and set up Manage ABN Connections:
Note: Manage ABN Connections does not change the levels of access for authorised individuals.
Access Manager will still need to be used to manage all associate and staff member accesses and permissions to business information, including removing access entirely. Only Administrator access holders will be able to update permissions in Access Manager.
To connect from a government online business service:
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).
Once you've connected an ABN to your myGov account, you can use your myGov details to log in to online business services like the Business Portal, Australian Business Register and Access Manager:
The Always use myGov option allows you to bypass choosing myGov from the drop-down menu each time you log in. Selecting this option will apply to all your connected ABNs.
On the Authentication Service screen, next to the Select drop-down menu, there is a checkbox for the Always use myGov where applicable option. Click on the check box and then click Continue to proceed to the myGov log in screen.
To turn this setting off, you first need to make sure that your temporary internet files and cookies will automatically delete when you exit your browser. To do this, you may need to change the settings in your internet browser (be careful not to delete your 'Favourites'). This will automatically turn off the Always use myGov option.
To remove an ABN from myGov:
Manage ABN Connections is completely secure and maintains existing security measures. It doesn't change the levels of access for authorised individuals.
To set up Manage ABN Connections you need to have myGov security verification codes (SVC) turned on or be using the myGov Access app. This provides your account with an additional layer of security. You'll be sent a single-use code to your mobile phone by SMS or have a code generated from the myGov Access app each time you sign in to your myGov account or use Manage ABN Connections.