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Get ready to lodge activity statements

There’s a one-time setup process you need to complete before you can start preparing activity statements online. This might take 10-15 minutes to complete - watch this video to learn about the setup steps.

Before you begin

To set up your online activity statement

  1. Start AccountRight and open your online company file.

  2. Click Prepare BAS/IAS in the Accounts command centre.

    Prepare BAS/IAS button
  3. In the Lodge Online tab, click Prepare Statement.

    Prepare BAS/IAS window
  4. Sign in to your MYOB account, as you normally do when accessing your online AccountRight company files. This will be an email address and password.

    MYOB account sign in window
  5. If you haven’t linked your MYOB account to your company file user account, you’ll be prompted to enter your User ID and password. If prompted, enter the user account details you normally use when opening this company file. This will be a username (not an email address) and password.

    Company file sign in window
  6. When the online activity statement dashboard appears, click Get started.

    Online BAS get started button
  7. Select whether you're preparing this activity statement for your own business (or a business you work for), or as a registered agent for another business.
    Note that if you're preparing a non-business IAS, you should still select I lodge as a business.

    Online BAS agent or business question
  8. Enter your name. If you’re an agent, you’ll need to provide your Registration number and ABN to lodge the form with the ATO. Click Next.

    Online BAS agent or business details
  9. You’ll now be shown a unique Software ID. This ID enables you to lodge activity statements with the ATO using AccountRight.

    Click Copy to save the Software ID to your Windows clipboard and then paste it into a document (or you can just write down the ID). Click Next.

    Online BAS software ID example

  10. Nominate MYOB as your software provider with the ATO. You can do this by using the ATO's Access Manager website (using your myGovID), or call the ATO to complete this process by phone - call 1300 852 232.

    1. Log in to the ATO’s Access Manager website (

    2. Click My Hosted SBR Software Services in Access Manager’s menu.

    3. Click Notify the ATO of your hosted service.

    4. Type "MYOB" in the Software Provider Name field, then click Search.

    5. Click MYOB’s ABN when it appears.

    6. Paste or type the software ID in the Add Software IDs field and click Next.

    7. Read the declaration, then click Save.

    8. Return to the Nominate MYOB as your software provider message, and click I've done this.

      Online BAS nomination process

  11. When the online activity statement dashboard appears, click Check field setup in the banner.

    You can now set up your GST and PAYG Withholdings activity statement fields.

    Did you previously use BASlink?

    If you've used BASlink to prepare your statements, your BASlink settings won't be brought across here. You’ll need to set up the fields again. If you need help setting up the fields, speak to a registered BAS agent or tax agent.

    Eligible for Simpler BAS?

    From 1 July 2017, if your annual turnover is less than $10 million, you're eligible to lodge a Simpler BAS. Select your turnover and we'll display just the fields that you need to set up.

    • (BAS only) For the GST fields, link the tax codes you’ve used in AccountRight to the relevant fields on the statement.

      Click + Add code to link a tax code to a field, or click the tax code’s x icon to unlink it.

      OnlineBAS fieldsetup

    • For the PAYG fields, link the payroll categories and tax codes you use to track the salaries, wages and other payments to employees and others at W1, and the amounts you withhold from those payments at W2.

      Link the tax codes you use to track withholdings (other than those already reported at W2 or W4) at W3, and the amounts withheld due to suppliers not providing their ABN on their invoices at W4.

  12. Click Done.

The online activity statement dashboard will retrieve information from the ATO and show the statements you can complete online. If you’re an agent, note that you'll only see activity statements for the business you've signed into.


I'm having issues nominating MYOB as my software provider.


If you have issues with the ATO’s Access Manager website, you can nominate MYOB by calling the ATO on 1300 852 232.

I need to change my setup or details


If you need to change your tax code setup, authorised person, or change how year-end adjustments recorded in AccountRight affect your BAS:

  1. Open your AccountRight online company file.

  2. Click Prepare BAS/IAS in the Accounts command centre.

  3. In the Lodge Online tab, click Prepare Statement.

  4. Click the Settings option.

    Online BAS settings menu

If you change the tax code setup, it will not affect any returns that are already in progress. You’ll need to open the statement that’s in progress, choose to Edit it, and then click Update from ledger, to use the new tax code setup details.

Online BAS update from ledger link

Note that doing this will replace the values of all fields that are automatically calculated based on the tax code setup.

Where can I get more information about my activity statement fields?


To learn what should be reported in each activity statement field, visit the ATO website.

Where can I find my GST software ID?


The GST software ID is displayed during the set up steps above. If you forgot to copy the GST software ID you can access it as follows:

  1. Open your AccountRight online company file.

  2. Click Prepare BAS/IAS in the Accounts command centre.

  3. In the Lodge Online tab, click Prepare Statement.

  4. Click Settings and choose Get software ID.

Online BAS settings menu

How do I set up the activity statement fields for FBT, Fuel Tax Credits, or PAYGI?


Currently only the GST and PAYG Withholding fields can be linked to tax codes in your AccountRight company file. So if you need to complete other fields, like the T fields, you'll need to fill in those values manually when completing your online activity statement.

How do I change my reporting period?


Your GST reporting and payment period would have been set when you registered with the ATO, based on the turnover of your business at the time.

If you need to change your GST reporting period, contact the ATO.