• What you need for your ABN application

    Before applying for an ABN, you need to have decided on the right structure for your business eg sole trader or company.

    To complete your ABN application, you'll need your:

    • tax file number (TFN) and the TFNs of any associates – eg partners, directors and trustees. If you can't provide a TFN for you or your associates, you will need to provide proof of identity documents.
    • tax agent registration number
    • professional advisor number – if you're using the services of a professional advisor, you can provide their licence number eg Australian Financial Services licence (AFS licence)
    • previously held ABN
    • Australian company number (ACN) or Australian registered body number (ARBN). Companies and registrable organisations can register for an ACN or ARBN through the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
    • date your ABN is required. This should be the date that you expect to start any business activities – eg buying stock. This date can't be more than six months in the future when you apply
    • entity legal name
    • authorised contacts
    • associates' details
    • business activity
    • business locations
    • declaration

    Note: If applying for a super fund ABN, you'll be advised of your fund’s TFN once the application is approved.

  • Last modified: 09 Jul 2018QC 211