• The ABR explained

    The Australian Business Register (ABR) stores details about businesses and organisations when they register for an Australian business number (ABN).

    The Register is recognised nationally as a valuable asset and is used by the community and government daily to identify and verify business information which is categorised into two types:

    • public information - is available to anyone and can be viewed via ABN LookupExternal Link.

      Information in the Register is used by the community to verify business details - for example when ordering and invoicing
    • non-public information - is available to the ABN holder, their authorised contact and eligible government agencies.

      Government uses demographic and geographic business information to plan for infrastructure and service delivery.

    The type of information in the Register includes:

    • entity type
    • legal name
    • business location and activity type
    • Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC)
    • authorised contact details
    • goods and services tax (GST) status.

    Under the A New Tax SystemExternal Link (Australian Business Number) Act 1999, the Registrar of the ABR is responsible for the administration of the Register which includes the registration and maintenance of ABNs.

    Each year under the direction of the Registrar, a range of activities are undertaken to improve the accuracy of business information in the Register.

    Find out more about the work of the ABR.

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    • Last modified: 23 Apr 2018QC 411