Principal authority

You need to link your business in RAM before others can access government online services on behalf of your business.

The principal authority is a person responsible for the business, such as:

  • sole trader
  • eligible individual associate listed on an Australian business number (ABN) in the Australian Business Register (ABR), for example a trustee, director, public officer, partner, or an office bearer of a club or association.

In future, businesses with non-individual associates will also be able to use RAM. This may include:

  • corporate trustees
  • government employees
  • not for profit or Australian charities
  • companies that use an ‘alternate director’
  • public and private schools (including school council/boards)
  • deceased estates
  • incorporated and unincorporated associations.

We're working on a process for these types of businesses and entities and expect to have it ready early 2020. More information will be available soon.

Before you start

To ensure RAM uses the correct information, check your personal details as listed on the ABR are up to date.

To log in to RAM, you will need a myGovID.

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Link your business

 How to link your business in RAM (video)

  • Log in to RAM using your digital identity, such as myGovID.
  • Select Link my business to be redirected to the ATO to find your business or businesses.
  • Add your postal or residential address as held by the ATO and click Continue.
  • Select the business or businesses (that you are an eligible individual associate for in the ABR) you wish to link from the list and click Continue.
  • Enter an email address and click Send Email to receive an authorisation code (the email address can be different to the one used to set up your digital identity, for example a work email address). Enter the code and then click Verify and Continue.   
  • View the summary of the selected business or businesses and select the checkbox to declare you understand and accept. Click Submit.  
  • A message will display confirming your business is successfully linked. Click Continue.

As the principal authority in RAM you can authorise others to act for your business. This includes setting up authorisation administrators, who can then set up authorisations for others.

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