National Business Name Registration - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to, or currently, carry on a business in Australia. Your business name must be on the Business Names Register. This national registration service replaces past state and territory services, so that all businesses in Australia only need to register each name once, on a single national register.

You must register your business name unless you trade under:

  • Your own individual name;
  • All of the individual names of the partners in a partnership; or
  • A company or registered body name.

Please note that there are various words that are restricted for use in business names unless an application is made. Application, renewal, cancellation and transfer of business names are processed and handled online using the Australian Securities and Investments Commission online system (ASIC Connect).

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To register for a new business name you will need an Australian Business Number (ABN) or or if your application for an ABN is pending, a statement to that effect and the reference number for the ABN application.

You must also provide the following information:

  • Details of the ABN and specifics of the proposed business name holder;
  • The proposed business name;
  • The preferred registration period (1 or 3 years); and
  • The address of your principal place of business and the service of documents.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

1 or 3 years.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

One year: $34; Three years: $80.

Forms

 Resources
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Administering agency

Registry

Act(s) name

Business Names Registration Act 2011 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Business Names Registration Regulation 2011 (Australian Government)

Contact details

ACT Service Centre
Registry

Operating address:
Level 2
2 Allsop Street
Canberra
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2600

Phone:

1300 300 630

Phone:

02 6250 3800

Fax:

02 6250 3811

NSW Service Centre
Registry

Operating address:
Level 5
100 Market Street
Sydney
New South Wales 2000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Sydney, New South Wales 2001

Phone:

1300 300 630

Phone:

02 9911 2000

Fax:

02 9911 2414

NT Service Centre
Registry

Operating address:
Level 7, TIO Centre
24 Mitchell Street
Darwin
Northern Territory 0800
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801

Phone:

1300 300 630

Phone:

08 8943 0900

Fax:

08 8943 0910

QLD Service Centre
Registry

Operating address:
Level 20, Commonwealth Bank Building
240 Queen Street
Brisbane City
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Brisbane, Queensland 4001

Phone:

1300 300 630

Phone:

07 3867 4700

Fax:

07 3867 4725

SA Service Centre
Registry

Operating address:
Level 7
100 Pirie Street
Adelaide
South Australia 5000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Adelaide, South Australia 5001

Phone:

1300 300 630

Phone:

08 8202 8400

Fax:

08 8202 8410

TAS Service Centre
Registry

Operating address:
Level 2, Telstra Centre
70 Collins Street
Hobart
Tasmania 7000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Hobart, Tasmania 7001

Phone:

1300 300 630

Phone:

03 6235 6800

Fax:

03 6235 6811

VIC Service Centre
Registry

Operating address:
Level 7
120 Collins Street
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Phone:

1300 300 630

Phone:

03 9280 3200

Fax:

03 9280 3444

WA Service Centre
Registry

Operating address:
Level 1, Ernst & Young Building
11 Mounts Bay Road
Perth
Western Australia 6000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Perth, Western Australia 6001

Phone:

1300 300 630

Phone:

08 9261 4000

Fax:

08 9261 4227

Supporting information

Disclaimer

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