Director ID

In an attempt to make it easier for external administrators and regulators to trace directors’ relationships with companies over time, the government now requires every company director to obtain a Director Identification Number or Director ID. This will also prevent fraudulent and unlawful behaviour when a company is wound up e.g. illegal phoenix activities. This will begin in November 2021.

The ID is a unique identifier that is applied for once and is owned by a director forever.

A director will need to apply for his own ID number himself – this cannot be done by someone else on his/her behalf. Application instructions can be found on the Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) website.

Once the director ID is created, the director will need to share it with his/her company corporation record-holder. This may be the company secretary, another director, contact person, or an authorised agent of the company.

To find out further details about obtaining a director ID, go to the ABRS website.

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