FAQs

What you get

Company

Anyone can register an Australian company. The only conditions are; Company must have at least one Australian resident director and a physical Australian address for the registered office of the company.
Yes, but within prescribed guidelines. The name must not be identical to a company already registered or a registered business name. There are also restrictions on certain words. More information about rules regarding a company name can be found here Choose a company name
Yes, a Pty Ltd company can be formed with one person who can be both a shareholder and a director.
If you already have a registered business name, and you want to register a company with that same name, you can do that. While filling the company registration application you must inform ASIC whether the proposed name is identical to already registered business name or not.

If the proposed name is identical to already registered business name, you will be required to provide –

1. the ABN, if business name was registered after 28 May 2012 OR

2. the state or territory of registration and the registered Business Number, if the business name was registered before 28 May 2012
If you have got your proposed company name already reserved with ASIC you will need to submit the reservation letter received from ASIC and an authorisation letter. Hence, your company will not be automatically lodged directly with ASIC. For reserved names, after submitting the application please fax these two documents to our office at 02 9037 0320 or, our support centre will get in touch with you and guide you further.
Your application may be rejected by ASIC for a number of reasons like proposed company name not conforming to the guidelines laid down by ASIC, incorrect holding company's ACN or for any other reason. If your application is rejected, you will receive an email from our system detailing the reason of rejection. You can login to our website using your password and fix the application and re-lodge it. If you have any difficulty, please do not hesitate to contact our support centre on 02 9037 0320.
As soon as the company is registered with ASIC, our automatic system generates all the relevant documents which are instantly emailed to you. You can also get the documents printed, professionally bound and express couriered to you in a 'Deluxe Soft Leather Feel' folder with all documents marked with 'Sign Here' stickers by paying additional $66.

All these documents can also be downloaded from our website anytime and from anywhere after logging in.
No, we provide the service of registering your company with ASIC only. Registering with ASIC does not mean automatic registration for ABN and TFN. You can register for ABN and TFN online at www.abr.gov.au for free. We have also provided an application form in the document package for offline registration for ABN and TFN. You also have the option for additional $19 to use our form to Apply for an ABN, TFN, GST and PAYG withholding Registration where we will pre-fill the online ABR application form for you and save you over half an hour of your time.
You can register only Proprietary companies limited by shares on our website.
Yes, with us, you can register a ‘Special Purpose’ company which can act as trustee of a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF). However, we do not provide service to register other types of special purpose companies. Constitution of this special purpose company must have relevant clauses to specifically state that it is a special purpose company to act as trustee of SMSF.
Certainly you can. We have direct connectivity with ASIC server which means you can form your company 24/7.
If your company has not yet been registered and is rejected by ASIC for whatsoever reason, you can access your application by logging in and edit the information before resubmitting it.

However, if the company has already been registered, the matter moves to ASIC's domain and we will not be able to help you. There are various forms provided by ASIC to change various details.

Some of these are:
  • Form 205A: For correcting incorrect company name. There is an ASIC fee to lodge this form. So you need to be very careful while filling the form. Even if you make a typing mistake, it would cost you $403 to fix it.
  • Form 484: For changing details of a company like adding or deleting a director or shareholder or changing share structure or changing the registered office of a company.
  • Form 492: For correcting personal details like date of birth of officeholders.
No, we only provide a service to register the companies online. We are not a law firm or accountants. We cannot advice you on the suitability or otherwise of the company structure for you. All the information provided on our website is generic in nature and you should seek suitable professional advice before buying anything from our website.
No, we do not provide a common seal. Since 1st July, 1998 the use of a common seal is optional. A document is considered correctly executed by a company if it is signed by two directors or a director and secretary or by a single director if he is the sole director and secretary
Out of the total fee, $488 goes to ASIC as registration fee and balance is our service fee plus cost of documents provided. Once a company is registered, the ASIC fee of $488 is not recoverable. The only refund possible is of our service fee and that too in exceptional circumstances at our discretion.

However, if the company is rejected by ASIC and you do not want to proceed with the registration process, we can refund the whole amount after deducting 4% merchant charges.
What you get

Business Name

The following types of entities can apply for registration of a business name:
  • individual or a sole trader
  • incorporated entity, including an Australian registered company (has an ACN), an Australian registered body (has an ARBN) or other incorporated entity (no ACN or ARBN)
  • unincorporated entity, including a trust, superannuation fund or unincorporated body or association
  • partnership or joint venture
A business name is simply a name or title under which a person or legal entity conducts a business. In Australia, unless you fall within an exemption, for example, trading solely in the Cocos Keeling Island or trading under your own legal name — you must register as a business name.
Registering a business name not only enables your customers to identify you, but also allows you to differentiate yourself from your competitors.
You can register a business name either for one year or three years as per your preference. The business name is registered under your name till the expiry of your registration period. You will have to renew your business name registration before the expiry of the registration period.
Yes. For registration of a Business Name, you will need an ABN unless you operate solely in the Christmas Islands or Cocos (Keeling) Islands and you are not entitled to an ABN.
You may not be able to register a business name if:
  • it includes words unknown to ASIC
  • it contains a restricted word or expression, and/or
  • it contains a potentially undesirable word or expression.
You will need to register a business name if you carry on a business or trade within Australia and you are not trading under your own name.

Exceptions to this include:
  • if you are operating as an individual and your operating name is the same as your first name and surname
  • if you are in a partnership and your operating name is the same as all of the partners' names, or
  • if you are an already registered Australian company and your operating name is the same as your company's name.
You can check the availability of a business name on our website.
A Business Name is not required to be registered under different states and territories of Australia. Since, May 28, 2012, National Business Names Registration System has replaced the separate state and territory registers. Hence one national registration is required to trade across Australia.
Yes, you can register more than one business name under one ABN.
Registering a business name does not in itself give you any exclusive rights over the use of that name—only a trade mark can give you that kind of protection. Business name holders often think that by registering a business name they have protected a brand or a trading name – whereas in reality the business names laws that exist today do not offer that kind of protection. Be aware that registering your business name does not give you the ownership of that name. Registering a particular name does not stop another person from registering a similar name nor does it give you the exclusive right to use the name or a part of that name. Also, registering a business name will not prevent the name being used by somebody who has registered it as a trade mark. This is an important point – and one that every business owner should be aware of. The obligation to register a business name is a legal obligation which is entirely separate to any steps that business owners may take to protect any intellectual property rights in a name or brand, such as registering a trade mark.
After registration of a business name you should ensure that your details on the Business Names Register remain correct and up-to-date and if you wish to continue using the business name, you should renew your registration before it expires by making a payment of the Business Name renewal fee.
An Application for registering business name takes not more than 10 minutes on our website. It is a simple, fast and efficient way to register your business name.
An ASIC Key is a unique number used when making an update to any of the details recorded with ASIC relating to the business name.
You will receive a record of registration by email within 1-2 business days of lodging the application for registration of a business name. You can also download it from our website by logging in to your secured page.
A registered business name cannot be changed. To change your existing business name, you must cancel your current business name and/or register a new name.
ASIC will initiate cancellation of a business name -
  • If you do not renew the registration
  • If you are disqualified from holding the business name
  • If you do not notify ASIC in case of any changes within the required time
You will receive a renewal notice from ASIC 30 days prior to the date that your business name is due to be renewed. You will need to pay a renewal fee before the expiry of the registration period.
What you get

ABN + GST + PAYG Registration

You will be provided with A Certificate of registration of "Australian Business Number" issued by the Australian Business Registrar and the company's Tax File Number will be sent by the ATO to the company's nominated address for service of Notice and your ABN will appear on "ABN Lookup" page.
You can Apply for an ABN for free on www.abr.gov.au. However the government online form takes about half hour to fill as you have to fill in several pages. We can pre-fill this form for an optional additional fee of $19. You can lodge your ABN, TFN & GST application with your company information and some additional information which you have to provide on our form. We will notify you when your ABN is registered and is ready to use.
You can Apply for an ABN, TFN, GST & PAYG withholding registration for your proprietary company if it is an Australian resident company for tax purposes and is incorporated for profit and it does not operate an agricultural business or owned or controlled by a state or local government.
When you deal with Australian Tax Office you will need an ABN. When you supply goods and Services, you are required to charge Goods & Services Tax (GST) by law if your annual turnover is over $75,000. Also when you purchase goods and services, you pay GST, to claim or remit GST, you need an ABN.
Company's registered by ASIC are eligible for an ABN if they carry on an enterprise. If your company is going to only act as a trustee of a trust, usually you will not need an ABN for that trustee company, however, we recommend that you seek your independent legal advice or talk to ATO.
If your company is carrying on an enterprise and its turnover is over $75,000 then you must register for GST and charge GST to your clients on the goods and services you supply and issue a proper Tax Invoice displaying your company's ABN. If your turnover is less than $75,000, then GST registration is optional unless you operate certain types of enterprise, like a taxi. We recommend that you seek your independent legal advice or talk to ATO.
If an identity of any company associate cannot be verified or more information is needed by Australian business registrar (ABR) then it is possible that instead of an ABN you get a reference number by ABR, in all other cases, you will get an ABN instantly. ABR will contact you within 20 days and request further information from you.
Yes, it is possible that ABR refuses to issue you an ABN in some exceptional circumstances. They will send you a refusal number and you will receive a letter within 14 days confirming your refusal and the reasons for refusal.
Your application with ABR is lodged as soon as your company is registered with ASIC and ACN is available, this takes usually couple of minutes. Once the application for ABN is lodged ABN is issued immediately, say within 10 minutes of company being registered.
However if any information is incorrect, for example the information provided does not match ATO records, then ABR will need some more information from you. This new information will be requested by ABR directly within 28 days of our form being lodged.
No, since a company is a separate entity, it must apply for its own ABN. An ABN identifies a particular business and if you are trading as a sole trader, then your ABN is for that enterprise and not for your new company.
Yes, Once your company is registered and we have sent you your company's ACN, you can apply for the companies ABN directly on www.abr.gov.au
The information collected by us is the same as required by ABR however, for the ease of our customers who are filling out the form, we have automatically filled in answers for same of the standards questions based on your responses. Also some of the non-mandaotry questions have not been considered. If you intend to provide additional details, you can always contact them and update your details. Details of the these questions as well as our presumed answers are as follows:

# QUESTIONS RESPONSE
ABN FORM
ABN Entitlement
1 For taxation purposes which type of entity is the applicant?* Company / Private Company
2 Have you registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and have an Australian Company Number (ACN)?* Yes
Application detail
3 Does the applicant currently have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or previously had an ABN?* No
4 Does the applicant wish to apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN)?* Yes
5 Does the applicant have a Tax File Number?* No
6 Does the applicant wish to apply for a Tax File Number?* Yes
Business Information
7 What type of organisation is the applicant?* Australian private company
8 Is the applicant an Australian resident for tax purposes? Yes
9 Is the applicant a type of organisation that fits within an income tax exempt category? No
10 Is the applicant a not-for-profit organisation? No
11 Is the Australian Private Company owned or controlled by Commonwealth, State, Territory or Local Government? No
12 Does the Australian Private Company operate an agricultural property?* No
13 What is the Australian Private Company's email address for service of notices and correspondence? Authorized person email address
14 Does the Australian Private Company have more than one business location in Australia?* No
Reason for application
15 Why is the Australian Private Company applying for an ABN?* New Business in Australia
16 Is this the Australian Private Company's first time in business in Australia?* Yes
GST FORM
1 Select the option that describes the reason for the Australian Private Company's GST application Required by Law or Voluntary Registration - System will select the option depending upon level of expected turnover selected by you. If the turnover is more than $75,000 system will select "By Law" otherwise selected option is "Voluntary"
2 Fuel Tax Credit Registration No
PAYG Registration
1 Is the Australian private company required to register for PAYG Withholding? Yes
2 On what date did, or will, the Australian Private Company commence PAYG Withholding?* Default ABN date
3 Will the Australian private company pay royalties,dividends or interest to non residents OR report investment income paid to australian residents? No
4 How will the Australian private company provide payment summaries to its payees? If you have selected Paper supplied by the Tax office then Using payment summaries supplied by The Tax office will be selected automatically and If you have selected Electronically then Printing own summaries on plain paper will be selected automatically.

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