• How to use the online TFN registration – permanent migrants and temporary visitors

    The online Tax File Number (TFN) application at iar.ato.gov.auExternal Linkis available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    If the online application is temporarily unavailable, you will receive a 'Site under maintenance' message.

    The online application is the fastest and easiest way to apply for a TFN – we recommend you try to access the form again at a later time.Follow these steps to complete your online application.

    Step 1: Prepare your information

    You will need the following information:

    • passport or travel document number
    • country of origin of your passport or travel document (the nationality country on your visa)
    • names (exactly as they are printed on your passport or travel document)
    • date of birth (exactly as printed on your passport or travel document)
    • residential and postal addresses – your postal address must be in Australia
    • any other names you use or are known by
    • spouse details
    • contact details (phone number and email address).

    Step 2: Complete the application

    To start the online applicationExternal Link, read the first two pages and select Next at the bottom of each page.

    You will be taken to the Travel documentation details screen.

    Each screen contains information and questions you need to complete. To move between each screen, complete the questions and use the navigation buttons at the bottom of each screen.

    Travel documentation details screen

    Provide your:

    • passport or travel document number
    • passport country of origin – must match the nationality country on your visa.

    Example of travel documentation details screen.

    Personal details screen

    Provide your:

    • name – must match your passport or travel documents
    • date of birth – must match your passport or travel documents
    • sex (gender)
    • spouse details.

    Existing TFN or ABN information screen

    Advise us if you:

    • previously had a TFN or Australian business number (ABN)
    • previously lodged a tax return in Australia
    • own property in Australia
    • have business interests in Australia.

    Address details screen

    Provide your address details – you must provide an Australian postal address, as this is where your TFN notification letter will be sent.

    We may use these details to contact you about your taxation affairs.

    Contact details screen

    Provide your:

    • phone number (can be a mobile number)
    • email address.

    We may use these details to contact you as well as send notices and correspondence about your taxation affairs.

    You can also provide details of another person we may contact for further information about this application.

    Declaration screen

    Before completing your application, confirm the information in your application is true and correct.

    Make sure you read the information on this page and select the Submit button to finish your application.

    This will take you to the Transaction complete screen.

    Step 3: Keep a record of your reference number

    When your application is submitted, you will recieve a receipt number on the transaction complete screen. This is your reference number.

    Write down your reference number – it is important for keeping track of your application.Example of reference number as shown on the transaction complete screen.

    How you will be notified of your TFN

    If your application is successful, the system will issue a reference number and you will be sent a TFN notification letter to the Australian postal address you provided.

      Last modified: 23 Aug 2016QC 16725