Directors ID - Have you Registered?
A director ID is a unique identification number assigned to each director when you have been verified by the Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS).
You will need a director ID if you are an eligible officer (director or alternate director) of a company that is either a foreign or Australian company under the Corporations Act 2001.
The Registration Process
Each director will need to apply for their unique director ID online, by phone, or paper application.
You will need to set up a myGov ID with either a standard or strong identity strength to register online. The septs are as follows:
Step 1: Setup myGov ID
To do this, you will need at least two of the following:
You can download the myGov app at: https://www.mygovid.gov.au/set-up.
Step 2: Gather documents
As part of the application process, you will also require two of the following documents:
Bank account details
ATO Notice of assessment
Super account details
Centrelink payment summary
PAYG payment summary
Step 3: Register through myGov
Once you have the above information ready, you can apply through your myGov at the following link: https://mygovid.gov.au/AuthSpa.UI/index.html#login.
If you cannot register online, you can register by phone or mail. Instructions for both methods are detailed below:
This can be done by phoning 13 62 50 between 8 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday. You will need to have the same documents available for your call if you register online.
To register by mail, you will need to complete a form and send it to:
Australian Business Registry Services
Locked Bag 6000
ALBURY NSW 2640
You will need to provide the same proof of identification documents as you would for the online application.
A copy of the form is available at: https://www.abrs.gov.au/sites/default/files/2022-03/Application_for_a_director_identification_number.pdf.
It is important when registering by mail to allow adequate time for the ABRS to process your application and meet the below-mentioned deadlines.
The date you are required to have obtained your director ID is outlined in the table below:
Why do I need to register?
By assigning each director a unique ID, it will help to reduce the number of fraudulent activities and allow external administrators to trace director relationships throughout time. It is also being implemented to prevent phoenix activity – whereby a company with debt is closed down, and a new company is established to continue operations.
Q: Do I need to obtain a separate director ID for each company I am a director of?
A: No, you will only need to register once to obtain your unique director ID number.
Q: Is there any cost associated with obtaining a director ID?
A: No, it is completely free to register and obtain your director ID.
Q: If I cease to be a director of a company, will I need to reapply if I take up a directorship later?
A: No, your director ID will remain the same regardless of whether you change companies, cease to be a director, change your name or move interstate or overseas.
Q: Are there fines associated with not registering my director ID by the deadlines set by the ABRS?
A: Yes, penalties of up to $26,640 and/or 1-year imprisonment can occur for criminal matters and fines of up to $1,100,000 for civil matters.
Further information on how to register is available at: https://www.abrs.gov.au/director-identification-number/about-director-id
For further information on how to view or update the details you have provided, see: https://www.abrs.gov.au/director-identification-number/manage-your-director-id