The ATO has acknowledged that the Portals are an ageing technology.
Accordingly, it advises that it has decided to progressively build the priority portal services onto ATO online. As these services are developed the ATO will be making them available to software developers to include in their products, so practitioners won't have to switch between the portals and their practice management software.
For more information, go here
To participate in the ATO's Tax professionals community discussions on the portals, go here and follow the link (or go directly to it here)