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Director ID: Tips to help your director clients get their ID online

Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) is providing the following guidance to agents and intermediaries to assist them in supporting their director clients to apply for their director identification number (director ID).

When directors must apply for their director ID depends on the date they first become a director:

  • Intending new directors must apply before being appointed.
  • Directors appointed on or before 31 October 2021 have until 30 November 2022 to apply.
  • New directors appointed for the first time between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022 had 28 days from their appointment to apply.

While those appointed on or before 31 October 2021 have until 30 November 2022 to apply, all directors are strongly encouraged to apply now.

Directors of companies registered with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) have a different time frame in which to apply. More information is available from the ABRS website.

The fastest way to get a director ID is to apply online using the myGovID app.

Helping your clients

You can assist your director clients to successfully apply for their director ID by ensuring they have all the information they need.

Setting up myGovID

Most successful applicants use two of the following Australian identity documents that verify their identity to set up their myGovID:

  • passport (not more than three years expired) and
  • Medicare card.

Alternatively, the following can also be used:

  • driver’s licence or learner’s permit
  • visa (using your foreign passport)
  • citizenship certificate
  • birth certificate
  • ImmiCard

Applying at ABRS online

Directors will log on to ABRS online using their myGovID, and will need additional information the ATO knows about them, including:

  • tax file number (TFN)
  • residential address as held by the ATO
  • information from two documents to verify identity.

Most successful applicants use two of the following:

  • bank account details (to which the individual’s tax refunds or payments are made and received)
  • an ATO notice of assessment.

Alternatively, the following can also be used:

  • superannuation account details (must be the individual’s account, not an entity’s account)
  • a dividend statement
  • a Centrelink payment summary
  • a PAYG payment summary (this is different to your income statement or your PAYG instalment activity statement).

How to apply if your director client can’t get a myGovID

If your director client is an Australian resident who cannot obtain a myGovID or interact online, they’ll need to call ABRS to obtain their director ID.

If your client currently resides outside Australia and doesn’t have the required Australian identity documents to apply online, they will need to apply using a paper application form.

Visit the ABRS website for more information on who needs to apply, when and how.

Director’s legal obligations

ABRS is contacting new directors who haven’t applied for their director ID within prescribed timeframes. Agents of non-compliant directors are also being contacted to prompt their clients to apply. It is a criminal offence if directors do not apply on time and penalties may apply. ASIC is responsible for enforcing the director ID offences set out in the Corporations Act 2001.

Do director IDs need to be provided to ASIC?

There is no need to provide the director ID to ASIC unless requested. There are no changes to ASIC online services (or forms) to make provision for the notification of the director ID.


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