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Director ID explained

Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Written by Catherine Micallef


The Government has introduced a requirement for company directors and alternate directors to be registered (director ID) commencing 1 November 2021.


A director ID is a unique 15 digit identifier that a director will apply for once and retain forever. A director can apply for a director ID through new Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) and myGovID.


Why you need a director ID


The introduction of director ID, which requires directors to verify their identity before receiving an ID number, is intended to create a fairer business environment.


Individuals and entities dealing with a company are entitled to know the names and certain details of the directors of a company.


The new ID will:

  • prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities;

  • make it easier for regulators to trace directors’ relationships with companies over time; and

  • identify and eliminate director involvement in unlawful activity.


Corporations Act directors


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


  • Existing directors have until 30 November 2022 to apply.

  • 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.


When applying you should ensure that you have your tax file number, residential address and information from two documents to verify your identity (i.e. drivers licence, passport, notice of assessment etc.). A director ID must be applied for personally and there is no fee to apply.


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.


The Government has introduced a requirement for company directors and alternate directors to be registered (director ID) commencing 1 November 2021.


A director ID is a unique 15 digit identifier that a director will apply for once and retain forever. A director can apply for a director ID through new Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) and myGovID.


Why you need a director ID


The introduction of director ID, which requires directors to verify their identity before receiving an ID number, is intended to create a fairer business environment.


Individuals and entities dealing with a company are entitled to know the names and certain details of the directors of a company.


The new ID will:

  • prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities,

  • make it easier for regulators to trace directors’ relationships with companies over time and

  • identify and eliminate director involvement in unlawful activity.


Corporations Act directors


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

  • Existing directors have until 30 November 2022 to apply.

  • 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.


When applying you should ensure that you have your tax file number, residential address and information from two documents to verify your identity (i.e. drivers licence, passport, notice of assessment etc.). A director ID must be applied for personally and there is no fee to apply.


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.


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