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Protecting your online information

Your business information is often the most important and valuable asset of your business. Before you go online to do business tasks, it’s important to have measures in place to protect your business information.

Stay Smart Online is an online safety and security website. The website can:

  • help you understand the risks
  • provide simple steps you can take to protect your online information.

Tip: Sign up for the free Stay Smart Online alert service to stay up-to-date on the latest online threats.

Find out more

Visit Stay Smart Online - Protect your business

Read the Small Business Guide to learn how to protect your business in five minutes!

Read the Top cyber security tips for business from the ATO website.

Australian Taxation Office (ATO) online services

The ATO offers a number of online services for you to do your business reporting and transactions with them. These online options are convenient, secure and can be accessed at any time.

Most of your business reporting and transactions with the ATO can be completed online using:

  • Business Portal
  • Standard Business Reporting (SBR) enabled software
  • MyGov - if you’re a sole trader.

Business Portal

The Business Portal is the main online tool for businesses to engage with the ATO online. Using the Business Portal, you can:

  • prepare, lodge and revise activity statements
  • test and lodge files, such as the TFN declaration
  • view your reports for Single Touch Payroll
  • manage your ATO accounts and update your business registration details
  • register for goods and services tax (GST) and pay as you go withholding (PAYG withholding)
  • lodge online forms
  • send and receive mail through a secure mailbox
  • access the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House.

Tip: You will need to use myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) to access ATO online services.

Standard Business Reporting (SBR) enabled software

If you use business or accounting software which is SBR enabled, you can prepare and lodge a range of reports, forms and statements to the ATO directly.

SBR works by using the information you record in your business or accounting software to prefill the relevant reports you need to provide to the ATO.

SBR-enabled software uses a credential that allows you to securely submit information to the ATO. When using cloud based SBR-enabled software, you don't need to create this credential. Instead, your digital service provider builds it into your software.

If you use desktop or locally hosted SBR-enabled software (not cloud), your digital service provider will let you know which credential you should use. For example, Machine credentials (created via Relationship Authorisation Manager).

Tip: Looking for SBR-enabled software? The SBR Products Register lists SBR-enabled products and their reporting capabilities.

Did you know?

Single Touch Payroll - If you’re an employer you’ll need to report your employees' payroll information directly to the ATO from your payroll solution at the same time you pay your employees. Payments include:

  • salaries and wages
  • pay as you go (PAYG) withholding
  • super.

Find out more

You will be able to see which payroll solutions are Single Touch Payroll-enabled in the product catalogue on the Australian Business Software Industry Association (ABSIA) website.

Find out about Cloud software on the ATO website.

Visit the ATO website to watch videos on how to use the Business Portal.

Visit the SBR website to learn more about Standard Business Reporting.

ATO online services for sole traders (accessed via myGov)

If you’re a sole trader, you can manage your tax and super through your myGov account once it’s linked to the ATO.

Benefits of using myGov include:

  • one username and password to securely access a range of personal and business-related government services
  • a quick and easy way to let multiple government departments know about updates to your personal details
  • a single inbox to receive messages from government departments, including the ATO.

Linking your myGov account to the ATO will provide you with a secure access to complete business activities such as:

  • lodging your tax return using myTax
  • checking the progress of your tax return
  • managing your pay as you go (PAYG) instalments
  • making a payment or creating a payment plan
  • lodging, viewing or revising your activity statements
  • lodging and amending your Taxable payment annual report (TPAR).

Tip: myGov will send you an SMS or email notification to advise you when your activity statement is available.

Did you know?

If your myGov account is linked to the ATO, you can log into your myGov account using voice authentication. To set it up, you will need to use the ATO app.

If you:

  • have already enrolled your voiceprint with the ATO - link your voiceprint to your device with the ATO app.
  • need to enrol your voiceprint - follow the prompts on the ATO app or call the ATO on 13 28 61 to set it up.

Once you have set up voice authentication, use the ATO app to verify your identity and log into ATO online services quickly and easily.

Find out more

Learn how to access ATO online services for individuals and sole traders.

Sign up or log in to myGov.

Watch a video on how to create a myGov account and link to the ATO.

Download the ATO app.

Small Business Superannuation Clearing House

If you have employees, the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (SBSCH) is a free online service that lets you pay your employees’ super guarantee (SG) contributions in a single electronic payment. The SBSCH then distributes the payments to your employees' funds.

You can use this service if you have either:

  • 19 or fewer employees, or
  • an annual aggregated turnover of $10 million or less.

Find out more about using and registering for the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House on the ATO website. 

Did you know?

If you’re not sure whether you have to pay super for your employees, check Super for employers to find information on:

  • if you have to pay your employees super
  • how much super to pay
  • how to pay contributions
  • setting up an employer-nominated super fund

Find out more

Find out the benefits of lodging your activity statement online by watching Activity statement lodgment: It’s easy online.

Get more information on ATO’s online services for business.

Other online government services for business

Find other free government tools and resources available online to help you meet your responsibilities.

Australian Business Register (ABR)

Through the Australian Business Register website, you can:

  • update your ABN details, including your address, email, phone number or business type
  • apply for other registrations
  • cancel your ABN, including if you have changed your mind about starting your business.

Tip: You must update your ABN details within 28 days of any changes.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

ASIC’s online services allow you to perform a range of tasks, including:

  • registering your business name
  • updating your details with ASIC
  • searching ASIC's registers
  • lodging certain documents.

Find out more

Get information on business names, business structure, running a company and other topics on the ASIC website.

Check out ASIC’s First Business app for help getting started in a new business.

Department of Home Affairs

The Department of Home Affair’s SkillSelect is an online service that helps you to quickly and easily find skilled workers from overseas to fill skill shortages. If you’re unable to find employees with the skills you need in your business, the service can help you to connect with potential overseas workers with the skills you are looking for.

Read more about sponsoring workers from overseas.

IP Australia

The IP Australia (intellectual property) website provides information on patents, trademarks and designs, including search tools to make sure your idea, invention or brand isn’t already registered.

You can also register for eServices to apply, register, renew and pay for IP rights.