• Status of your client's ABN application

    If you have submitted a client's Australian business number (ABN) application online you will get an immediate onscreen notification about the status of the application.

    Getting an ABN

    If successful you will receive your client's ABN. A confirmation letter will be sent to them within 14 days.

    Their ABN details will then be stored in the Australian Business Register (ABR).

    If they do not want their details to be available publicly they can apply to have them suppressed.

    Getting a reference number

    If you receive a reference number it may mean that:

    • the identity of your client cannot be verified, or
    • more information is needed to finalise the application.

    The ABR will review the application within 20 business days and if further information is needed to complete the application they will contact the authorised contact.

    If you have applied for other business registrations they will be assessed at the same time as the ABN application.


    Do not re-apply if you do not get an ABN as the status of the application will not change and it may further delay the processing.

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    Getting a refusal number

    If unsuccessful you will receive a refusal number. This means that, based on the information you provided during the application, the ABR determined your client was not entitled to an ABN.

    Your client will receive a letter within 14 days confirming their application has been refused and explaining how to lodge an objection.

    • Last modified: 22 Dec 2016QC 393