We may collect personal information directly from you or a third party if:
We collect your personal information to administer the ABR and do this by:
We're 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 don't have to provide your TFN, but it will help us confirm your identity and complete your transactions with us faster.
Publicly available information in the ABR is accessable by any member of the public via ABN LookupExternal Link, and may include historical details. Providing this information publicly allows users to verify your core business identity for taxation and other purposes.
The ABN Lookup web services allows any third party to integrate this information into their systems. The user can validate your ABN, pre-fill their own forms, or keep your ABR details current in their systems.
The ABR also provides your publicly available information to data.gov.au. Third parties accessing this service may utilise the data for any purpose, including commercial use.
ABN information which is publicly available includes:
Note: Only if applicable.
The collection of trading names ceased from 28 May 2012. Trading namesExternal Link collected prior won't be displayed in ABN Lookup starting November 2018.
In addition to publicly available information, we provide other personal information to federal, state, territory and local government agencies for the purposes authorised by their legislation to carry out the 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 available to government agencies can be accessed at Your business information on the ABR.
If you're 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're unable to resolve the issue with us, or if you're not satisfied with the way we've 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 us if you have concerns about privacy. Alternatively, you can obtain further information from the Privacy Commissioner’s website.External Link