New Director ID requirement

We are letting you know about the director identification number (director ID) requirement that is now available on the new Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) website.

ABRS is a new service, managed by the Australian Taxation Office, that will streamline how you register, view and maintain your business information with the government as part of the Modernising Business Registers (MBR) program.

A director ID is a unique identifier a director applies for once and keeps forever. It will help prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities.

A person will keep their director ID even if they stop being a company director, change their names or move interstate or overseas. It confirms a director’s identity and will in the future show which companies they are linked to.

The link above includes instructions for applying for a Director ID via:

All directors will eventually need their own director ID and have to complete the applications themselves.

“You must apply for your own director ID so you can verify your identity. No one can apply on your behalf.”

Any application mode will likely require the following information:

  • an individual Australian tax file number (TFN). Providing your TFN is optional but it speeds up the process.
  • your residential address as held by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  • answers to two questions based on details they know about you (eg. bank account details, PAYG summary, Super account details, Centrelink summary etc)
  • two Australian identity documents – one primary and one secondary.

A reminder of the key dates for directors:

  • Existing directors appointed on or before 31 October 2021 need to apply by 30 November 2022
  • New directors appointed between 1 November 2021 to 4 April 2022 need to apply within 28 days of appointment
  • New directors appointed from 5 April 2022 need to apply before appointment as a director.

Ref: Australian Business Registry Services

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