Australian Business Number (ABN) Registration - Australian Government

Description

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
  • 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

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

No fees are required.

Forms

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Business Registration Service (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

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

Regulation(s) name

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

Administering agency

Australian Taxation Office

People, Systems and Services Group

Business Reporting and Registrations

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries

Business Reporting and Registrations

People, Systems and Services Group

Australian Taxation Office

Phone: 13 72 26

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries

Business Reporting and Registrations

People, Systems and Services Group

Australian Taxation Office

Phone: 13 72 26

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries

Business Reporting and Registrations

People, Systems and Services Group

Australian Taxation Office

Phone: 13 72 26

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries

Business Reporting and Registrations

People, Systems and Services Group

Australian Taxation Office

Phone: 13 72 26

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries

Business Reporting and Registrations

People, Systems and Services Group

Australian Taxation Office

Phone: 13 72 26

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries

Business Reporting and Registrations

People, Systems and Services Group

Australian Taxation Office

Phone: 13 72 26

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries

Business Reporting and Registrations

People, Systems and Services Group

Australian Taxation Office

Phone: 13 72 26

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries

Business Reporting and Registrations

People, Systems and Services Group

Australian Taxation Office

Phone: 13 72 26