Organizations nevertheless to changeover to the government’s new myGovID electronic identification credential are getting urged to do so as the clock counts down on the legacy AUSkey authentication option.

The Australian Taxation Place of work will switch off the AUSkey program at midnight tonight, regardless of the pressures companies are struggling with in the wake of the rapidly shifting coronavirus pandemic.

Though consumers will even now be ready to go throughout to myGovID right after March 27, the hardcoded mother nature of the PKI-centered AUSkey option means the ATO is not able to delay its retirement.

“The underlying AUSkey program was hardcoded when it was created 10 a long time in the past and this will mean that all current AUSkeys will expire at 11:59pm on 27 March,” a spokesperson told iTnews.

“They can’t be prolonged.”

The ATO has been working toward a March 2020 deadline for AUSkey’s retirement since July 2018, when it 1st disclosed its intention to decommission the option and undertake myGovID.

myGovID, which is obtainable for most iOS and Android products, lets consumers to produce a electronic identification that can be applied to log into a assortment of federal and condition govt companies.

It performs like a a hundred place ID verify, verifying identification files like passports, driver’s licences and Medicare cards, while calls for that every user has their possess clever product.

The ATO has spent the past six months progressively migrating tax brokers to myGovID and the accompanying authorisation provider termed the marriage authorisation supervisor.

But some consumers attempting to produce an myGovID, which eventually moved out of general public beta past 7 days, have encountered “system issues” or “server issues” in latest times.

The spokesperson told iTnews that whilst there experienced been “an sudden issue before this 7 days that intermittently impacted some users”, the issue experienced been “resolved quickly”. 

Despite the latest problems, the spokesperson stated the myGovID credential adoption charge was currently “well above” forecasts.

“Approximately 600,000 companies have presently adopted the myGovID credential,” the ATO stated, adding that this incorporated “over 80 {36a394957233d72e39ae9c6059652940c987f134ee85c6741bc5f1e7246491e6} of businesses” that previously applied AUSkey.

“There are roughly 730,000 myGovID identities that have been set up.”

Very last 7 days, main electronic officer John Dardo stated the changeover to myGovID experienced been vital for tax experts and companies with a quantity of AUSkey consumers to evaluation their permissions.

“Some organisations have uncovered that they experienced hundreds or thousands of active AUSkeys assigned to people that experienced left their organisation a long time in the past,” he stated.

“For people organisations, this is an option to evaluation and implement a extra robust administration of authorisations for their workers.

“We are committed to making sure that entry to our companies is as quick and flexible as feasible, but we need to also collectively enhance the security of our on-line devices as we make extra companies obtainable on-line.”