AUSkey is here to stay!
The ATO has developed new software called an “AUSkey” that will replace the digital certificates to which we have become accustomed in recent years. Digital certificates are electronic security data that enables users to access online portals in which pertinent information about tax payers’ details are retained. Very soon, these certificates will be rendered unusable and everyone will be required to have an AUSkey.
Users have been able to apply online for their AUSkey since April 2010. The AUSkey can be installed on your computer or USB drive or both. The AUSkey will never expire as long as it is used at least once per year unlike the digital certificates which expired every 3 years and needed to be renewed. The AUSkey will give you access to:
- ATO online services
- the Australian Business Register (ABR)
- other business-to-government online services in the future.
If your accounting software is SBR enabled you will be able to use your AUSkey within the software – as this is a new concept, further information on using AUSkey in software will come later.
You won’t be able to register for a new digital certificate from April 2010 because the ATO is switching this facility off. You will be able to apply for an AUSkey instead and the permissions you enjoy with your certificate/s will carry over to your new AUSkey. You must apply for an AUSkey before your digital certificate expires. You will be able to continue to use your digital certificate until it expires as a back up to the AUSkey.
Go to the ATO website to find out more about the AUSkey and how to apply for one:
To register for an AUSkey, go to the Australian Business Register website.
For more information, check out these FAQ’s about AUSkey