Last-minute Director ID help

Updated: Nov 17

Need help applying for a Director ID?

The Australian Business Registry Services have started contacting directors who are required to apply now for a director identification number (director ID).


Key points

  • Collins Hume cannot apply for a director ID on a client’s behalf — directors must apply for a director ID themselves

  • Apply for a director ID online at abrs.gov.au/directorIDapply

  • Directors must set up their myGovID with a standard or strong identity strength before they apply for a director ID.

Our clients who are currently directors or who are planning to become a director will need to apply for a director ID. Directors appointed under the Corporations Act:

  • before 1 November 2021, must apply by 30 November 2022

  • between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022, must apply within 28 days of being appointed

  • from 5 April 2022, must apply before being appointed.

You can find more information about who needs to apply for a director ID at abrs.gov.au/deadlines.

Applying for a director ID online Applicants will need at least two of the following Australian identity documents to prove their identity:

  • Driver’s licence or learner’s permit

  • Passport

  • Birth certificate

  • Visa (using a foreign passport)

  • Citizenship certificate

  • ImmiCard

  • Medicare card

You can find a list of documents that you can use to prove your identity at www.mygovid.gov.au/verifying-your-identity.

Directors will need additional information that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) knows about you when applying for a director ID online:

  1. Tax file number (not essential, but recommended)

  2. residential address as held by the ATO, and

  3. information from two documents to prove your identity — applicants can use any two of these documents:

  • Bank account details held by the ATO

  • ATO notice of assessment

  • Super account details

  • Dividend statement

  • Centrelink payment summary

  • PAYG payment summary.

You can find more information about which documents can be used to prove your identity at abrs.gov.au/verify.

Directors who don’t apply online

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) is responsible for enforcing director ID offences set out in the Corporations Act 2001. It is a criminal offence if directors do not apply on time, for more information about the penalties that may be applied, visit asic.gov.au/director-id.

Source: abrs.gov.au


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