myGov help - Set up the myGov Code Generator app

How to use and set up the myGov Code Generator app.

You can’t sign in to your myGov account through the myGov Code Generator app. You need to sign in through the myGov website.

The myGov Code Generator app creates codes. You use these codes, your username and password, to sign in to myGov. Find out more about how to sign in to myGov.

If you set up myGov Code Generator, you’ll need to enter a code from the app. You'll have to do this each time you sign in to myGov.

This is useful if you can’t get an SMS code to sign in to myGov. For example, you might be travelling overseas or have no mobile reception.

You can read more about myGov Code Generator codes on our About myGov page.

Before you download the app

If you use codes from myGov Code Generator, you can’t sign in to your myGov account if you do any of these:

  • 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.

If this happens, you’ll only be able to sign in to myGov if you’ve set up a sign in back up.

Using the app if you’re travelling overseas

Before you travel overseas, download and set up the myGov Code Generator 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 Code Generator app.

Watch our video about setting up the myGov Code Generator app.

Step 1: download the myGov Code Generator app

Download the myGov Code Generator app on your mobile device.

To download to an iPad, change your search to iPhone only in the App Store.

Download an Express Plus mobile app from the App Store Download an Express Plus mobile app from Google Play

Step 2: set up the myGov Code Generator app

Open the myGov Code Generator app. Read About the app, then select Continue.

Read Change your sign in option. To start using a code from this app to sign in to your myGov account, select Continue.

Step 3: register your app and mobile device

Read Register your device and select Continue.

Once you register your device, this will be the only device you can use to create codes to sign in.

Don’t set up the app on your new device before removing the old device from your myGov settings.

To register your device, enter your myGov Username or email and Password, then select Continue.

Enter the SMS code sent to your mobile device or answer your secret question. This will depend on what sign-in option you have set up. 

SMS code

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.

Step 4: accept the Terms of use

If the Terms of use have changed, you’ll need to read and accept them. Read the Updated Terms of use, and if you agree, select I agree.

If the terms of use haven’t changed, you won’t see this. Go to Step 5 to finish your registration.

Step 5: finish registration

Read Avoid losing access to your myGov account and select Continue.

This explains why you need to set up a sign in back up. If you have a back up you can sign in to myGov if you delete the app or lose your device.

Your sign in back up is a code sent by SMS to the number registered in your myGov account. You can’t use secret questions and answers as your sign in back up.

Follow the steps in Step 7 to set up your sign in back up.

Read Finish registration.

Select I have read and understand the Terms of Use and then Register.

You’ve finished setting up the myGov Code Generator app. You now need to use a code from the myGov Code Generator app to sign in to your myGov account.

Step 6: start using the app

Go to the myGov website to sign in to your myGov account. Enter your myGov Username or email and Password, then select Sign in.

Open the myGov Code Generator app on your device. A new code will display on your screen every 30 seconds.

You have a further 30 seconds to enter this code to sign in to your myGov account. You can only use this code once, so make sure you get a new code each time you sign in.

Go back to your myGov account. Enter the code on the Enter code page, and select Next.

You’ve now signed in to myGov and can access your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support online accounts.

You can close the myGov Code Generator app.

Step 7: set up a sign in back up

You should have a sign in back up, if you’re using the app. It will be a code sent by SMS to the number registered in your myGov account. You can use your back up by selecting I cannot access my app when you sign in to myGov. You can’t use secret questions and answers as your sign in back up.

To set up your sign in back up, sign in to your myGov account, select Account settings then Sign-in options.

Enter your Password, then select Next.

Select Receive a code by SMS.

If Receive a code by SMS is ON, you’ve already set up your sign in back up.

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 Code Generator app and Receive a code by SMS sign in options will show as ON.

Call the Online Services Support hotline if you need help.

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Page last updated: 17 August 2021