National Business Name Registration - Australian Government


You may need this registration if you intend to carry on a business in Australia.

You must register your business name unless you trade under:

  • your own individual name
  • all the individual names of the partners in a partnership
  • a company or registered body name.

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.

Please note that there are various words that are restricted for use in business names unless an application is made.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

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


One or three years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $42.00

Registration for one year. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $98.00

Registration for three years. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Business Names Registration Act 2011 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Business Names Registration Regulation 2011 Australian Government

Application process


Please complete the online application and provide supporting documentation.

Transfer process


You may transfer a business name to a new owner. Once the request to transfer is submitted, your registration will be cancelled within 28 days. If the new owner intends to use the name, they will need to register it using the transfer number.

Administering agency

Australian Securities and Investments Commission


Contact details

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