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If you're a director of a company, registered Australian body, registered foreign company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation, you need to apply for a director identification number (Director ID).
The Director ID requirement is part of new legislation introduced in November 2021 to prevent the use of fraudulent or false director identities, improve traceability and identify and eliminate director involvement in unlawful activity, such as illegal phoenix activity.
Phoenix activity occurs when a company is liquidated, wound up or abandoned to avoid paying its debts. This has negative impacts on employees, suppliers and subcontractors, competing businesses and the larger community via unpaid taxes.
You must apply for your Director ID by the deadlines listed below, as there are harsh penalties for non-compliance.
Your Director ID is something you'll apply for once and keep forever, (much like your Tax File Number). You'll maintain your Director Identification Number even if you cease to be a director, become a director of a different company, change your name, or move interstate/internationally.
You must apply for your Director ID by the dates listed below:
You need to apply for your Director Identification Number yourself, a third party cannot complete this process on your behalf.
All existing directors, first-time directors & alternate directors will need to verify their identity and apply for their unique Director Identifier via the Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) website.
Online applications are the quickest and preferred way of applying for your Director ID. If you're unable to get a myGovID, you can apply via telephone or post.
How to apply for your Director ID online
How to apply for your Director ID via telephone
How to apply for your Director ID via post
If you have any questions about Director Identification Numbers, fill out the form below and we'll be in touch.
We understand as a company director it can be difficult to find time to complete this process. If required, we can prepare a postal application on your behalf for a set fee. Enquire below if you'd like assistance with this.
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