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Director Identification Number

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

You may be aware that the Australian Business Registry Service (ABRS) has introduced the Director Identification Number (Director ID) as a requirement for all directors of Australian companies.

The Director ID is a unique number to be attached to the individual- this means even if you are a director of multiple companies you will just need to apply once and this number will be used across companies.

This purpose of the director ID will help prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities.

All directors of a company, registered Australian body, registered foreign company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation will need a director ID.

Corporations Act Directors

When you should apply depends on when you were appointed as a director:

  • Existing directors have until 30 November 2022 to apply.

  • New directors appointed between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022 must apply within 28 days of their appointment.

  • From 5 April 2022, intending directors must apply before being appointed.

The new Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) is responsible for administering the director ID initiative. ASIC is responsible for enforcing director ID offences set out in the Corporations Act 2001. It is a criminal offence if you do not apply on time.

Director ID offences

The ABRS will provide support and guidance to directors to assist them to understand and meet their director ID obligation.

ASIC’s enforcement role covers four new director ID offences under the Corporations Act 2001:

  1. Failure to have a director ID when required to do so.

  2. Failure to apply for a director ID when directed by the Registrar.

  3. Applying for multiple director IDs.

  4. Misrepresenting director ID.

No changes to company notification requirements

Please note that the director ID requirement does not replace existing requirements to keep company records updated. For example, directors must still notify their company of changes in address or other details. The company will still need to notify ASIC of any changes for the public record.

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