This privacy statement sets out how we comply with our obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). We are bound by the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) in the Privacy Act which regulate how we collect, use, disclose and store your personal information, and how individuals may access and correct personal information we hold about them. Our staff and contractors cannot disclose your personal information unless permitted under a law or in the course of employment. Other disclosures attract severe penalties.
The Privacy Act is administered by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. For more information about the Privacy Act, visit OAICExternal Link.
Section 6(1) of the Privacy Act states that personal information means information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable:
The Commissioner of Taxation is the Registrar of the Australian Business Register (ABR). The Registrar is responsible for administering the ABR.
This Privacy Statement applies to the personal information collected by the Registrar in administering the ABR.
We may collect personal information directly from you or from a third party if:
We are authorised to collect personal information to help administer the following Acts:
We are also authorised by the Taxation Administration Act 1953 and by the A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999 (ABN Act) to ask for a tax file number (TFN) for identification purposes. You do not have to provide your TFN but it will help us confirm your identity and complete your transactions with us faster.
We collect your personal information to administer the ABR. We administer the ABR by:
If we are unable to collect the personal information required, the Registrar may not be able to determine your entitlement to an ABN.
Not having an ABN may affect your ability to:
Some personal information in the ABR may be accessed by any member of the public, including persons and organisations located in and outside Australia. The publicly available information that can be accessed at ABN LookupExternal Link is:
The publicly available information may also include historical details for the above data fields.
Providing this information publicly allows users to verify your core business identity for taxation and all other Commonwealth purposes.
ABN Lookup web services allows any third party to integrate your publicly available ABR information into their own systems. This allows the user to undertake tasks such as validate your ABN, pre-fill their own forms, or keep your ABR details stored in their systems current.
The ABR provides your publicly available information to data.gov.au. Third parties accessing this service may utilise the data for any purpose including commercial use.
In addition to the publicly available information, we provide other personal information from the ABR to Australian Commonwealth, state, territory and local government agencies for the purposes authorised by their legislation and for carrying out other functions of their agency. Examples of possible uses include registration, reporting, compliance, and validation and updating of databases.
A full list of the ABR information which is available to government agencies can be accessed at Your business information on the ABR.External Link
You may access, and seek correction to, the personal information we hold about you unless we consider that there is a sound reason under the Privacy Act, Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) or other relevant law to withhold the information or not make the changes.
The fastest way to make changes to your ABN details is onlineExternal Link using an AUSkey.External Link All changes made to your ABN online will take effect immediately.
Alternatively you can contact usExternal Link, lodge a formExternal Link by mail, or update your details through your registered tax agent or BAS agent.
If we do not agree to provide access to personal information or to amend the information we hold about you, you may seek a review of our decision in writing. If we have informed you that we are relying on the provisions of the FOI Act for not providing you access to your personal information, you may appeal our decision under that Act.
If you are not satisfied with our decisions, services or actions regarding the privacy of your personal information or access to it, you have the right to make a complaint. A complaint enables you to express dissatisfaction and seek a remedy to your situation.
We aim to acknowledge all complaints within three working days of receiving them. We will also work with you to resolve your complaint and will keep you informed about its progress.
If you are unable to resolve the issue with us, or if you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your complaint, the Australian Information Commissioner may be able to help you. You can contact the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner by visiting their website at OAICExternal Link.
Contact usExternal Link if you have concerns about privacy. Alternatively, you can obtain further information from the Privacy Commissioner’s website.External Link