Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) was established as part of the Modernising Business Registers (MBR) program.
On 28 August 2023, The Hon Stephen Jones MP, Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services, announced the cessation of the MBR program following an independent review completed in July.
The director identification number (director ID) initiative is still administered by the ABRS.
If you're currently a director, or plan to become one in the next 12 months, you’ll need a director ID. This includes anyone who is a director of a company or other body corporate registered under the Corporations Act 2001 or the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act).
You can apply for a director ID through ABRS online services.
We will work with Treasury and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) to implement the government’s decision and plan the way forward for the modernisation of business registers.
For now, how you register, search, get extracts of the registers, and interact with ABRS, the ABR and ASIC remains the same.
Role of the Registrar
The Registrar of Australian Business Registry Services (who is also the Commissioner of Taxation), is responsible for administering the ABN law and director ID initiative. The Registrar continues to perform company registration and business name functions under delegation from ASIC.