Director IDs have recently been introduced to Australia to help prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities. It is a director’s unique identifier allocated to a director for life. If you are an Australian director – even foreign director – or want to become one, and don’t have your director ID yet, you should apply now.
Full information on ABRS (Australian Business Registry Services) and Director ID:
If you are based Overseas, you can ONLY apply for Director ID to ABRS with a PAPER FORM.
Application from outside Australia cannot be done online or over the phone.
- Step 1: Fill in the application Paper Form
For foreign directors, the application must be made by filling the downloadable paper form
- Step 2: Gather your Certified Documents
To verify your identity, you need to provide certified copies of two identity documents:
- one Primary and one Secondary Identity Documents, or
- two Primary Identity Documents
Only send copies of your identity documents. Do not send originals! All identity documents must be certified.
Check on ABRS website for all details and requirement on primary/secondary identity documents; and on how to certify them.
- Step 3: Lodge your application for Director ID
Send your application Paper Form together with certified copies of your current identification documents to:
Australian Business Registry Services
Locked Bag 6000
ALBURY NSW 2640
As International Courier services usually do not deliver mail to PO Box addresses, we strongly recommend you send your application for Director ID through your LOCAL PARTNER in Australia, who will then send it per local mail to ABRS.
Application Deadlines for Director ID
When you must apply for your Director ID depends on the date your become a director:
Date you become a director Deadline to apply
- On or before 31 Oct 2021 By 30 Nov 2022
- Between 1 Nov 2021 – 4 Apr 2022 Within 28 days of appointment
- From 5 Apr 2022 Before appointment
Full details available on Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) website on who needs to apply for a Director ID and when.