You can apply for an ABN online without charge.
Not everyone is entitled to an ABN. To get an ABN you need to be carrying on a business or other enterprise.
For example, if you want to carry out work as a sole trader with an ABN, typically you need to be:
Your application will be processed faster if we can identify you from the information you provide, such as your tax file number. If you don't have all the information now, you can still start your application and save it as you go, but the issuing of your ABN is likely to be delayed.
If you previously had an ABN that's been cancelled, and your latest application is successful:
If your application is successful:
If you receive a reference number it may mean that we need to check some details in your application or more information is needed. We aim to review your application within 20 business days and contact you if further information is needed.
If your application is unsuccessful you'll receive a refusal number. You'll also receive a letter within 14 days confirming that your application has been refused, the reasons for the refusal and the options available to you.
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Watch this video to find out more about ABNs.