• The Farmers Accountant


Many of you access various government portal services through the Auskey facility, however the way you access your government online services is changing.   Auskeys and “Manage ABN Connections” will retire (end of January for business clients and at the end of March 2020 for the remaining users) and are being replaced with the following:

  • MyGovID – an authentication service that allows you to prove who you are online. It is different to myGov and cannot be used to access myGov yet.

  • Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) – an authorisation service that allows you to link your myGovID to an Australian Business number (ABN) and manage who can act on behalf of your business or entity online.

Below are some instructions on how to setup your MyGov ID

  • Download the free myGovID app from the official app stores onto your phone. The app is compatible with most smart devices using iOS 10 or later on Apple devices, or Android 7.0 (Nougat) or later

In line with modern security standards, desktop and browser-based versions of myGovID will not be supported, as access could be granted to anyone using the device. Your myGovID is unique to you and cannot be shared, ensuring the security of your data.

  • Once you have downloaded the application, you will need to set up your myGov ID using two of the following Australian identity documents to achieve a standard identity strength (your name must match it all): Passport (no more than three years expired), Drivers licence, Birth certificate, Medicare card

Once you have set up your myGovID successfully and achieved a standard identity strength, you will then need to link your myGovID.

To link your ABN to your myGovID using RAM, you'll need to be the principal authority. The principal authority is the responsible person for the business or entity:

  • sole trader

  • eligible individual associate listed on an ABN in the Australian Business Register (ABR) are: a director or public officer of a company, a partner of a partnership, a trustee of a trust, an office bearer of a club or association.

In future, businesses or entities with non-individual associates, such as trustee companies, will also use RAM.

You will then log into the following website to set up your linking Follow these steps to link your business as the principle authority Once you linked yourself as a principle authority, you will then be able to download your Standard Business Reporting (SBR) enabled software which will replace your Auskey software.

If you have any questions regarding this or need assistance, please contact us at the office and we can assist you with the setup by utilising Team Viewer software.


ATO response to fires

The ATO has responded to the devastating bushfires across Australia by deferring lodgements and payments you have due until the 28th May 2020 for all clients impacted in the identified postcodes automatically. This applies for income tax, activity statements, SMSF & FBT lodgements and their associated payments. The list of postcodes that have the deferral are as follows:

If you've been affected by this disaster but your postcode is not in the current postcodes list, don't worry. You can phone the Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218 for help.