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Director ID Information

We wish to alert you that from 1 November 2021, Australian Company Directors are required by law to verify their identity with the Australian Business Registry Service (ABRS) and obtain a Director ID.

A Director Identification number (Director ID) is a unique 15-digit identifier you will keep forever.  It will help to prevent the use of false or fraudulent Director identities.

Directors need to apply for their own Director ID.  It’s free to apply.  Existing Directors need to apply for their Director ID by 30 November 2022.

All Directors of new Companies have 28 days to apply for a Director ID.

Directors will only ever have one Director ID.  They’ll keep it forever even if they:

  • change Companies
  • stop being a Director
  • change their name
  • move interstate or overseas.


Apply for your Director ID

To apply for your Director ID, you will need to do the following:

Step 1: If you don’t already, register for a myGovID (view instructions on how to set this)

Step 2:   Gather the following documents to verify your identity

    • Your TFN (an individual Australian tax file number)
    • Your residential address, as recorded by the ATO
    • Be prepared to answer two questions from ANY of the following options based on details / records available to ABRS. These might include:
      • The BSB number of a bank account you receive an income tax refund in, or that has earned interest in the last two years.  Arrange for you to sign these updated documents as soon as possible.
      • The date of issue (dd/mm/yyyy format) and reference number (no spaces) from a notice of assessment (NOA) issued by the ATO in the last five years.
      • The member account number (it may be up to 16 characters) and super fund’s Australian Business Number (ABN) of a superannuation account statement from the last five years.
      • Your investment reference number from a dividend statement from the last two years.
      • The gross income in whole dollars from a PAYG payment summary issued in the last two years.
      • Use the taxable income in whole dollars from a Centrelink payment summary issued in the last two years.  If your myGov account is linked to Services Australia, you can log in and access the details online.

Step 3: Complete your application

    • We recommend completing your application online as this is the fastest and most secure method.  Other methods available include by phone or submit a paper application (from within or outside of Australia).
    • If you do choose to use the paper application method do not send original documents to support your application as these will not be returned to you.



Notify us of your Director ID

When you receive your Director ID, please immediately provide it to us so that we can add it to our Company Register systems.


How to Manage your Director ID

If you have a myGovID, from November 2021 you can log in to ABRS online to view your Director ID or update your details whenever you need to:

  • check your Director ID number and status, including when it was issued;
  • view things to do, actions in progress and past activity; and
  • edit your profile preferences and some of your personal details.


Your Director ID obligations include: 

  • applying for a Director ID within the relevant timeframe for your situation;
  • applying for a Director ID when directed by the Registrar to do so;
  • not applying for more than one Director ID (unless directed by the Registrar to do so);
  • not misrepresenting your Director ID to a Commonwealth body, Company, registered Australian body or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation; and
  • not being involved in a breach of the above Director ID obligations.


If you don’t meet your obligations:

There may be civil or criminal penalties and you may be issued with an infringement notice.



You need to personally apply for your Director ID, and if you don’t need our involvement then the application will cost you nothing.

However, if you need to meet with us so we can assist you to apply for a Director ID, our fee for this will be $200 + GST.



We recommend that if you are a Company Director, you should immediately go to the ABRS website to apply for your Director ID.

We look forward to receiving your Director ID from you, and please contact us if you need assistance to apply for your Director ID or if you have any difficulties with this application.



Kind regards

MKS Group Pty Ltd