myGov help - Set up the myGov Access app
How to use and set up the myGov Access app.
The myGov Access app creates codes. You use these codes to sign in to your myGov account.
You can sign in to your myGov account through the myGov website. You cannot sign in to myGov through the myGov Access app.
If you can’t get SMS codes to sign in to myGov, you can get codes from myGov Access instead. This is useful if you’re travelling overseas or have limited mobile reception.
Before you download the app
If you use myGov Access codes, you won’t be able to sign in to your myGov account if you:
- delete the app from your device
- lose your device with the app installed
- get a new device and don’t update your myGov Account settings first.
You should set up a back-up sign in option so you can still sign in to myGov.
If you don’t have a back-up sign in option, call the myGov help desk to create a new myGov account.
Using the app if you’re travelling overseas
Before you travel overseas, download and set up the myGov Access app.
If you use secret question answers to sign in to myGov, you can set up the app while you’re overseas.
Read more about the myGov Access app.
Step 1: download the myGov Access app
Download the myGov Access app on your mobile device.
To download to an iPad, change your search to iPhone only in the App Store.
Step 2: set up the myGov Access app
Open the myGov Access app. Read How it works, then select Let’s begin.
If you get a new device, first you’ll need to delete the old device from your myGov account. Go to your Account settings, then Sign in options and delete your old device. Then download and set up the app on your new device. Your new device will register as your sign in option in your myGov account.
Step 3: register your app and mobile device
Enter your myGov Username and Password, then select Sign in.
Enter the SMS code sent to your mobile device or answer your secret question.
If you get a code sent to your mobile device, enter the code and select Next.
Answer a secret question
If you answer a secret question, enter your answer and select Next.
Your device now has the app set up. Your myGov account has this device registered. You now need to use a code from the myGov Access app when you sign in to your myGov account.
Step 4: sign in to myGov using a code from the myGov Access app
To sign into your myGov account, go to the myGov website on your desktop or mobile device. Enter your myGov username and password and select Sign in.
Open the myGov Access app on your mobile device. A security code will display on your screen every 30 seconds.
You have a further 30 seconds to enter this code in your myGov account. You can only use this code once, so make sure you get a new code each time you sign in.
Go to your myGov account. Enter the code in the Enter code screen, and select Next.
You have now signed in to your myGov account.
You can close the myGov Access app.
Step 5: set up a back up sign in option
Now you use the myGov Access app to sign in, you must set up a back up sign in option. This will send a code by SMS to the number that’s registered in your myGov account. You can’t use secret questions and answers as your back up sign in option.
In your myGov account, select Account settings then Sign-in options.
Select Receive a code by SMS.
If Receive a code by SMS is ON, you’ve already set up your back up sign in option.
Then select Next.
Enter the Mobile number you’d like the code sent to. It must be the same mobile number that’s registered to your myGov account. Then select Next.
Enter the SMS code sent to your mobile device and select Confirm.
Your myGov Access app and Receive a code by SMS sign in options will show as ON.
Call the myGov helpdesk if you need help.
View other myGov online help guides.
Page last updated: 23 October 2019