• What you need for your ABN application

    When applying for an Australian business number (ABN) online it is important to provide accurate details about your business or organisation to avoid delays in processing your free ABN application.

    The proof of identity (POI) information provided in your application will be validated against other sources; for example, Australian Taxation Office (ATO) tax records and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

    If these details do not match, the application will be refused and in some instances, may be delayed. You may need to contact the ABR with alternate POI information to avoid your application being refused.

    Before an application is processed, we check to make sure that the applicant doesn’t have an existing ABN record or submitted a previous application. If a match is found, the subsequent application is delayed.

    The following information will help you prepare what you need for the application.

    • ABN

      You will be asked if you currently have or previously held an ABN for the entity you are applying for.

    • Tax agent number

      Providing your tax agent’s number will enable them to undertake work on your behalf.

    • ACN or ARBN

      Companies and registrable Australian bodies will need to register with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) before applying for an ABN.

    • Legal name of the entity

      The legal name of an entity is the name that appears on all official documents or legal papers.

    • TFN

      Your ABN application will be processed faster if you provide the TFNs requested.

    • Business locations

      You will be asked to provide the details of all your business locations.

    • Authorised contact details

      The authorised contact must be able to deal with any issues relating to the business or organisation regarding its ABN.

    • Associates details

      All associates details must be provided during the ABN application.

    • Business activity details

      Your main business activity is usually the activity that is the main source of income for your business or organisation.

    • Date ABN is required

      The ABN will not be issued until the date you specify.

    • Declaration

      Before submitting your application you will be required to complete a declaration stating that the information you have provided is true and correct.

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