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  • Make your business contactable in an emergency

    Updating your Australian business number (ABN) details might be the last thing on your mind but it is important to keep your contact details up to date, especially as the risk of natural disasters like bushfire and cyclones increases at this time of year.

    During times of emergency or natural disaster, your ABN details are used by emergency services and government agencies to help identify business in affected areas that might need help or support.

    If your ABN details are out of date you risk missing out on important assistance, updates or opportunities such as grants.

    To make sure you don’t miss out on receiving important information, update your ABN details such as:

    • authorised contacts
    • your businesses' physical location (not your tax agent's address)
    • postal address
    • email address
    • phone number.

    If you're no longer in business, cancel your ABN so you aren't contacted unnecessarily. This can be done online and takes effect immediately. If your business operation ceases you must update your details or cancel your ABN within 28 days.

    For examples of how ABN details are used during a disaster or emergency, visit the Australian Business Register (ABR) website.

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    Last modified: 25 Sep 2020QC 63755