The Australian Business Register (ABR) manages a record of business information, including addresses, industry and contact details of businesses with an Australian business number (ABN). ABR data is reviewed and updated to maintain a high level of accuracy and integrity.
Business details in the ABR have been used for compliance, planning and economic development, service delivery and disaster response activities.
ABR data (public or non-public) is available through the following channels:
First check the list of partner agencies to see if your agency is included.
If not, you will need to complete and submit the ABR data access application form.
If your agency already has an agreement, choose which of the access channels best suits your needs and use the link above to proceed with your request
You will need to email email@example.com to request access to ABR web services, and include the following information - your name, your agency, state and contact details. Type 'Request Access to ABR web services' in the subject line of your email.
As a security precaution, service account passwords must be updated every 365 days otherwise the service account will be disabled from use if it is not updated before it expires.
Yes, currently there is no automatic process to update passwords and will require you to manually change the password via the ABR access point. When the password is changed, then each service call will need to be updated with the new password to ensure continuity of service.
Each agency is responsible for ensuring their service accounts are updated periodically and making sure they are changed within the 365 day period. This may include setting up reminders and defining internal business process to perform the password change to every instance of the web service call.
A service account's password is set to expire periodically every 365 days and it is the agency's responsibility to update it prior to the 365 days to guarantee continuity of service. If a service account's password has expired, the service account will be locked and it will disable access to the web service until the password is changed.
To change an expired service account's password via the general ABR access point:
If the password you wish to change hasn't expired yet, you're still able to change the password.
To change an unexpired service account's password via the general ABR access point:
It is known that Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 is the most suitable browser to perform a password change. A non-IE browser, such as Chrome or Firefox, may cause the service account to lock after a password change has been performed.
To unlock your account, please send a request to ABR at firstname.lastname@example.org the subject line 'ABR web services – Request Account Unlock'.
A new password can't be the same as the current or previous thirteen (13) passwords used for the service account.
A strong password must be at least nine (9) characters long and contains combinations of at least 3 of the following:
No – IdentifierSearch is a read-only web service.
No – IdentifierSearch is a closed source.
IdentifierSearch retrieves public and non-public ABR data for a single entity. The service retrieves either the current data in the ABR record or retrieves both current and historical data.
ABN Lookup retrieves only public data and this can be searched by ABN, ACN and/or Business/Entity name.
Yes – the search parameters available are ABN, ACN or ARBN.
No – the IdentifierSearch method returns all the data in the ABR record.
IdentifierSearch only works with SOAPv1.1 or SOAPv1.2; it is recommended that you use SOAPV1.2.
No – IdentifierSearch only allows authenticating via SOAP with a username and password.
The service does not return ABR data from a point in time. If the ‘history’ element is set to ‘Y’, the service will return the entire record with all the historical information.
No – ABR IdentifierSearch is a service that provides real time data for a single ABN and is not designed to provide analytics.
If you are looking for alternative methods of obtaining data please refer to the ABR data products and services site.
Currently there are no restrictions.
If the ABN's <effectiveTo> element is set to a NULL date ('0001-01-01T00:00:00') then the record is active.
Refer to the Web service support page.
Refer to the Verify service account page.