National Business Name Registration - Australian Government


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
  • 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


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)
  • the address of your principal place of business and the service of documents.

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


1 or 3 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

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


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All ASIC Connect Login (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Business Names Registration Act 2011 AG

Regulation(s) name

Business Names Registration Regulation 2011 AG

Administering agency

Australian Securities and Investments Commission