When you deal with the Australian Business Register (ABR) you may be asked for proof of identity (POI) information. Proving your identity allows us to confirm who you are and helps prevent identity theft.
You will be asked to prove your identity when you:
The POI information provided in your ABN application will be validated against other sources; for example, Australian Taxation Office (ATO) tax records and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
The easiest and fastest way to prove your identity is with your valid TFN. The ABR is authorised to ask you for your valid TFN; however, you are not legally required to provide it.
If you do not provide your valid TFN or if we cannot identify you, further proof may be required. Information or certified copies of documents you may be asked to provide include:
Note: If you are a resident applying for an ABN and these details do not match, the application will be refused.
If you are a non-resident applying for an ABN and these details do not match, the application will be delayed or in some instances refused. You will receive a reference number after the application is submitted. You should quote this reference number when you send us your documents or if you need to contact us. This reference number will help us identify your application. If you lose this reference number we may not be able to help you, and you may need to lodge a new application.
If you are a non-resident of Australia you will need to send:
You should send these documents by the due date specified at the end of your application.
Non-resident registrations team GPO Box 9977 HOBART TAS 7001 AUSTRALIA
Non-resident registrations team 913 Whitehorse Road Box Hill VIC 3128 AUSTRALIA
Note: Your ABN application will be refused if you do not provide these documents within 43 days of submitting your application. If your ABN application is refused you will be advised by letter.
If you need to discuss your application with us:
Calling within Australia
Calling from outside Australia
Find out more:
To find out what we do with personal information we collect, read our privacy statementExternal Link.
For more information about proof of identity,visit the Australian Taxation Office website.
Non-residents will need to supply different proof of identityExternal Link documents.