• Suppress your ABN details

    Your Australian business number (ABN) details are stored in the Australian Business Register (ABR). These details are categorised into public and non-public information.

    The ABR provides your public information for publishing on ABN Lookup and data.gov.au. This information may be accessed by anyone for any purpose.

    Public, non-public and suppressed information is also provided to eligible government agencies.

    If you consider you or your family may be endangered by having those details displayed on ABN Lookup and data.gov.au, you can request to have your public information suppressed.

    Your details may also be suppressed if the Registrar of the ABR determines it is not in the public interest to have your public information published on those sites. For example, if your entity’s legal name contains a potentially undesirable word or expression that may be offensive to others.

    If a request for suppression is successful at the time of registration, the following information will not be published for public view on those sites:

    • legal name
    • trading name
    • business name
    • entity type
    • postcode.

    Gender reassignment

    If you have undergone a gender reassignment you can request to have your name suppressed in the historical record displayed on ABN Lookup and data.gov.au

    Making a request

    To request to have your details suppressed you or your authorised contact can write to the ABR with a statutory declaration explaining the reasons. You will need to provide:

    • relevant ABN
    • legal name of the entity
    • postal address
    • contact number and name of person requesting the suppression
    • explanation of why you are requesting to have the details suppressed.

    Supporting information is required and may include:

    • in the case of gender reassignment, a statutory declaration explaining why you want your name suppressed
    • court order
    • copy of a police report
    • copy of a letter from the Australian Electoral Commission showing that you have a silent elector status
    • copy of a phone bill showing that you have a silent number.

    In most cases, you will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application within 20 business days.

    If your request to have your ABN details suppressed is refused, it may be because there is insufficient evidence to prove that you or your family may be endangered.

    If you are not happy with the decision you may lodge an objection.

    • Last modified: 22 Dec 2016QC 325