Important information for company directors

As a company director, under new legislation, you’re now required to obtain a director
identification number (director ID).

A director ID is a unique identifier that you keep forever. It’s free to apply and you only need to
apply once.

If you are a company director appointed prior to 1 November 2021, you must obtain your director
ID by 30 November 2022. New directors should apply before they are appointed.

What you need to do

The fastest way to get a director ID is to apply online using the
myGovID app. If you can’t get a myGovID, the best way to apply for
a director ID will depend on your situation.

ATO our video can help to apply online by following 3 simple steps.

Find out how you can apply for a director ID on our website at
abrs.gov.au/DirectorID

You must apply for a director ID yourself. No one can apply for you.
The reason for this is you need to prove your identity when you
apply.

Penalties may be applicable if you don’t apply for a director ID. We’ll
consider the circumstances of those that don’t apply on time when
deciding what action to take.

What happens next

Once you have your director ID, keep it safe until you need to use it. It can be shared with your
accountant, company secretary, ASIC registered agent or tax professional.

You don’t need to provide your director ID to ASIC unless otherwise directed. When the ASIC
companies register is transitioned to ABRS in the future, your director ID will need to be linked to
the companies that you are a director of. We’ll keep you up to date with any changes that may
affect you.

How director ID will help honest businesses

Director ID is the first service delivered by us and will help to:
› prevent the use of false and fraudulent director identities
› make it easier for external administrators and regulators to trace directors’ relationships with
companies over time
› identify and eliminate director involvement in unlawful activity

For more information about ABRS and director ID, visit abrs.gov.au/about-us.Alternatively, you can phone ABRS on 13 62 50



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