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  • Keeping ABN details up to date

    We find businesses including self-managed superannuation funds tend to forget to update their Australian business number (ABN) details in the Australian Business Register (ABR) when their circumstances or details change.

    You can do a few things to help keep your clients' ABN details up to date and reduce unnecessary contact from us.

    Check ABNs are still in use

    Many partnership and trust ABNs are not in operation, or their business structures have changed. Talk to your client and if their business:

    Check the authorised contact details

    Sole authorised contacts cannot be removed from the ABR, but you can update contact details. If you are the sole authorised contact for a former client, your details can only be removed once a new contact is added.

    We recommend that you add alternative contacts to your client's ABN record, and update the ABN record for any new clients.

    If you update the authorised contacts, it is a good idea to review who has an AUSkey to access the Business Portal for your client's ABN. You or your client may need to cancel or apply for AUSkeys for authorised contacts as appropriate.

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    Register trading names with ASIC

    Check your clients have registered their trading names as business names with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC).

    By 31 October 2018, businesses will need to register any existing or old trading names as a business name with ASIC in order to continue operating with it. ABN Lookup will reflect these changes and will only display business names registered with ASIC from this date.

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      Last modified: 10 Oct 2018QC 53028