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Introducing ECI

The Australian Taxation Office's Electronic Commerce Interface (ECI) Client software is an application that allows businesses with an Australian Business Number (ABN) to communicate with the ATO electronically. Some examples of the functions you can perform are:

  • collecting documents/files from the ATO electronically
  • sending documents/files to the ATO electronically
  • checking your documents/files for errors before sending
  • send secure messages to the ATO via the Internet (Superannuation only).

To use the ECI application you need an AUSkey.

Register for an AUSkey at www.auskey.abr.gov.au

AUSkey is a single key that identifies you, or your nominated representatives of your business when engaging online to government agencies.

Functions are grouped into smaller applications that are located within the ECI. There are five applications available:

  • Business
    Allows general businesses access to the most commonly used functions
    • Activity Statements (the sub menu link to the In Tray, Out Tray and Sent Items used for the download and lodgment of activity statements
    • PAYG Summary Reports (functions used for the validation and lodgment of bulk data files created in commercially available HR software)
    • TFN Declaration Reports (functions used for the validation and lodgment of bulk data files created in commercially available HR software)
    • ESS Annual Reports (functions used for the validation and lodgment of bulk data files created in commercially available HR software)
  • Super Funds
    Allows access to the functions listed above and allows you to send and receive Superannuation Surcharge and other general superannuation files to the ATO and to receive certain superannuation files from the ATO. You are also able to lodge Unclaimed Superannuation Money reports and search the Lost Member Register and ATO systems for super monies held by us on behalf of members and receive files from that search.
  • Investment Bodies
    Allows access to the functions listed above plus validation and lodgment of Australian Investment Income Report (AIIR) bulk files, Quarterly TFN reports, First Home Savers Account (FHSA) activity report and FHSA Payment Variation Advice (PVA) statement.
  • Excise
    Links to the In Tray, Out Tray and Sent Items which can be used for the creation of Excise documents or the download and lodgment of activity statements.
  • BAS Service Provider
    Allows access to the activity statement functions plus the BAS Service Provider Client List and Document list.

How does ECI work?

The ECI provides digitally signed and encrypted exchange of documents and messages between the ATO and clients. Once validated, documents may be transmitted online through the ECI to the ATO. Only documents free of error will be transmitted online.

For more information about how to use the ECI, select Online Manuals on the left.

Contact Details

USING ELECTRONIC COMMERCE INTERFACE (ECI)

  • Types of reports that can be sent by ECI
  • Minimum computer requirements
  • Error messages and validation reports

  Visit www.ato.gov.au/onlineservices
Phone 13 28 66, Monday - Friday, 8am - 6 pm

Technical Support

  • Installing ECI
  • Operating system and hardware issues
  • Server availability and connectivity issues

For more information about ECI or to download refer to:

  Phone 1300 139 373, Monday - Friday, 7am - midnight
Email technical.help@ato.gov.au

ONLINE SECURITY

You will need an AUSkey to lodge data to us via ECI.

AUSkey

  • What is an AUSkey
  • Register for an AUSkey

 

Visit www.auskey.abr.gov.au
Phone 1300 AUSKEY (1300 287 539)


General enquiries, Monday - Friday, 8am - 6pm
Technical support, Monday - Friday, 7am - midnight

General enquiries

  Visit www.ato.gov.au/onlineservices
Phone 13 28 66, Monday - Friday, 8am - 6 pm

Technical support

  • Removing common-use signing interface (CSI) software from your computer
  • Operating system and hardware issues
  • Server availability and connectivity issues

  Phone 1300 139 373, Monday - Friday, 7am - midnight
Email technical.help@ato.gov.au

LODGMENT QUERIES

Queries regarding reporting, lodgment and forms should be directed to:

 

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