Service Interruption

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) have scheduled system maintenance which will affect this service from 8:00pm Friday 14 December to 11:30am Sunday 16 December 2018 (AEDT).

From 8.00pm Friday 14 December until 8.00pm Saturday 15 December 2018 (AEDT)

  • you may not be able to receive search results for company and business name registrations
  • you will not be able to submit and pay for company and business name registration.

You can still save then return later to resume and submit your application through your application summary.

From 11.30pm Saturday 15 December until 11.30am Sunday 16 December 2018 (AEST):

  • processing applications for an ABN, AUSkey and tax registrations such as GST will be delayed. You can still submit your application then return later to check its progress.

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Business Registration Service

The Australian Government Business Registration Service combines a number of key government business and tax registration forms in one place.

We have forms for new businesses, existing businesses returning to apply for tax registrations or businesses who simply need an Administrator AUSkey login. See below for more details:
  • New business

    Use the New business form if you need a new Australian Business Number (ABN). You can apply here for your ABN together with any of the following registrations:

    • Business name*
    • Goods and Services Tax (GST)
    • Australian company
    • Pay as You Go (PAYG) withholding
    • Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT)
    • Luxury Car Tax (LCT)
    • Fuel Tax Credits (FTC)
    • Wine Equalisation Tax (WET)
    • Administrator AUSkey.

    *You can also apply for business name on its own if you:

    • already have an ABN
    • already have an ABN reference number
    • operate only on Christmas or Cocos Island
    • apply as a joint venture.
  • Apply for tax registrations

    Use the Apply for tax registrations form if you already have an ABN, but need to apply for one or more tax registration.

    You can use your AUSkey or MyGov login (attached to your ABN) to apply for GST, PAYG withholding, FBT, LCT, FTC and WET.

  • Apply for AUSkey login

    Use the Apply for AUSkey login form if you already have an ABN and you either:

    • need an administrator AUSkey for yourself, or
    • already have an administrator AUSkey, but want to apply for additional AUSkeys for your business associates.

Can I register Norfolk Island businesses here?

Yes. Norfolk Island businesses can use the New business form to apply for the following business registrations:

  • ABN
  • Business name
  • Australian company — if operating on the Australian mainland
  • PAYG withholding
  • FBT
  • AUSKey

Norfolk Island businesses do not need to register for GST, LCT, FTC or WET.


Norfolk Island companies are registered with the Norfolk Island Registry.

However, if your Norfolk Island company is or will be operating on the Australian mainland, you'll need to register as a foreign company with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC).

Find out about registering foreign companies on the ASIC website.


Can I update my details or apply for renewals here?

Not at the moment. To update or renew your registrations you'll need to refer to the correspondence you receive confirming your registration.

If you can't find your correspondence, visit the following agency websites to:

Can I apply here for state licences or permits?

No. You'll still need to find and apply for your business licences and permits on the Australian Business Licence & Information Service (ABLIS) website.

Where do I go for help?

If you have a question about the form or how your registrations are progressing, contact business.gov.au on 13 28 46

Register your business

Use this form if you need a new Australian Business Number (ABN). You can apply here for your ABN together with any of the following registrations:

  • Business name*
  • Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Australian company
  • Pay as You Go (PAYG) withholding
  • Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT)
  • Luxury Car Tax (LCT)
  • Fuel Tax Credits (FTC)
  • Wine Equalisation Tax (WET)
  • Administrator AUSkey.

*You can also apply for business name on its own if you:

  • already have an ABN
  • already have an ABN reference number
  • operate only on Christmas or Cocos Island
  • apply as a joint venture.

You can register these types of companies here:

  • Proprietary limited companies (also known as private companies) - the most common company structure used by small businesses
  • Public companies limited by shares or guarantee
  • Public companies with no liability
  • Special purpose companies (not for profit, home unit/body corporate, superannuation trustee)

To register a private or public company that's unlimited (where the liability of shareholders is unlimited), you need to apply:

  • by using the company registration form on the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) website, or
  • through a business service provider.

Resume or track your application

You can resume unfinished applications, track the status of applications and search for specific applications through your application summary.

To access your application summary, you need to select the type of application form you have started or submitted:

New business application

If you’ve started or submitted an application for a new business registration such as a new ABN or business name, resume your application or track its progress by clicking on the first option.

Additional taxes or AUSkeys

If you already have an ABN and have started or submitted an application for additional taxes or AUSkeys, continue your application or view its status by clicking on the second option.

Register for taxes

Use this form if you already have an ABN, but need to apply for one or more tax registrations.

You can use your AUSkey or MyGov login (attached to your ABN) to apply for:

  • Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Pay as You Go (PAYG) withholding
  • Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT)
  • Luxury Car Tax (LCT)
  • Fuel Tax Credits (FTC)
  • Wine Equalisation Tax (WET).

Register a company

Use this form if you need to register one of these company types:

  • Proprietary limited company (also known as a private company) - the most common company structure used by small businesses
  • Public company limited by shares or guarantee
  • Public company with no liability
  • Special purpose company (not for profit, home unit/body corporate, superannuation trustee).

To register a private or public company that's unlimited (where the liability of shareholders is unlimited), you need to apply:

  • by using the company registration form on the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) website, or
  • through a business service provider.

Apply for an AUSkey

Use this form if you already have an ABN and you either:

  • need an administrator AUSkey for yourself, or
  • already have an administrator AUSkey, but want to apply for additional AUSkeys for your business associates.

For more information about AUSkeys, go to the Australian Business Register (ABR) website.

Need more help? Contact us via business.gov.au or call 13 28 46.