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Australian Business Registry Service director ID available in November

The new Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) is now live and from November businesses can apply for a director ID.

Australian Business Registry Service director ID available in November
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  • Keeli Cambourne
  • October 07, 2021
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As part of its Digital Business Plan, the government earlier this year announced the full implementation of the Modernising Business Registers (MBR) program.

The director identification number (director ID) is a unique identifier company directors need to apply for once and keep forever.

Company directors must apply for their director ID personally, so the Australian Taxation Office can verify their identity. Authorised agents can’t apply for a director ID, they can only help clients understand the new requirement.

The director ID application will be available from November 2021 at abrs.gov.auExternal Link.

To log in to ABRS online clients will need to use the myGovID app, set to a Standard or Strong identity strength.

The ABRS, which is being rolled out as part of the government’s Digital Business Plan, is part of the MBR program.

This program will establish the new ABRS and streamline how businesses register, view and maintain their business information with government.

The ABRS is being rolled out between 2021 and 2024 and will bring together the Australian Business Register (ABR) and more than 30 Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) registers in one place.

The introduction of the director identification number (director ID) initiative is the latest phase of this roll-out.

Other ABRS high-level milestones are to transition business names register to the new registry service, transition Australian business numbers (ABN) to the new registry service and transition the professional and historical registers to the new registry service.

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