Australian Business Number (ABN) Registration - Australian Government

Service summary

You may require an Australian Business Number (ABN) if you are operating a business, organisation or enterprise in Australia.

An ABN is a single identifier for all business dealings with the Australian Taxation Office and other government departments and agencies.

Applying for an ABN is not compulsory. However, once your entity is registered for an ABN you will be able to:

  • Register for GST and a business name;
  • Get an AUSkey to transact online with government agencies; and
  • Be endorsed as a deductible gift recipient or an income tax exempt charity.

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 be entitled to an ABN, you must:

  • Be able to demonstrate that your business structure is in place; and
  • Be carrying on an enterprise in Australia;
  • In the course of carrying on an enterprise make supplies connected with the indirect tax zone;
  • Have undertaken sufficient activities to commence an enterprise; or
  • Be a Corporations Act company.

Sole traders, companies, partnerships, trusts and superannuation funds can apply for an ABN.

When you lodge your application, you must provide proof of identity before you can be registered. You can prove your identity by quoting your personal tax file number (in the case of sole traders) or your business or organisation's tax file number.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements or visit the Australian Taxation Office website.

Duration

Ongoing.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

No fees are required.

Forms

 Resources
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Administering agency

Australian Taxation Office
People, Systems and Services Group
Business Reporting and Registrations

Act(s) name

A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Regulations 1999 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries
Australian Taxation Office
People, Systems and Services Group
Business Reporting and Registrations

Operating address:
Woden Service Centre, Penrhyn House
6 Bowes Street
Woden
Australian Capital Territory 2606
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9990
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601

Phone:

13 72 26

Enquiries
Australian Taxation Office
People, Systems and Services Group
Business Reporting and Registrations

Operating address:
Shop 1
32 Martin Place
Sydney
New South Wales 2000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9990
Sydney, Western Australia 2001

Phone:

13 72 26

Enquiries
Australian Taxation Office
People, Systems and Services Group
Business Reporting and Registrations

Operating address:
24 Knuckey Street
Darwin
Northern Territory 0800
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9990
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801

Phone:

13 72 26

Enquiries
Australian Taxation Office
People, Systems and Services Group
Business Reporting and Registrations

Operating address:
Suncorp Plaza
Opposite King George Square
Brisbane City
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9990
Brisbane, Queensland 4001

Phone:

13 72 26

Enquiries
Australian Taxation Office
People, Systems and Services Group
Business Reporting and Registrations

Operating address:
88 Grenfell Street
Adelaide
South Australia 5000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9990
Adelaide, South Australia 5001

Phone:

13 72 26

Enquiries
Australian Taxation Office
People, Systems and Services Group
Business Reporting and Registrations

Operating address:
200 Collins Street
Hobart
Tasmania 7000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9990
Hobart, Tasmania 7001

Phone:

13 72 26

Enquiries
Australian Taxation Office
People, Systems and Services Group
Business Reporting and Registrations

Operating address:
Collins Square
747 Collins Street
Docklands
Victoria 3008
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9990
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Phone:

13 72 26

Enquiries
Australian Taxation Office
People, Systems and Services Group
Business Reporting and Registrations

Operating address:
Shop 15, Wesley Quarter
770 Hay Street
Perth
Western Australia 6000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9990
Perth, Western Australia 6001

Phone:

13 72 26

Supporting information

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