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Excise registration

How to complete an Excise registration form.

Last updated 11 September 2023

When to use this form

Use this form to register for an excise account.

After registering for an excise account, you will be able to:

  • lodge an excise return to prepay your excise duty and receive a delivery authority to deliver excisable goods into the Australian domestic market
  • apply for a licence, permission or claim including:
    • excise licence
    • movement permission
    • periodic settlement permission to report and pay duty on excisable goods after they have been delivered into the Australian domestic market
  • excise refund, drawback or remission.


Excisable goods are those which have been manufactured or produced in Australia and are:

  • alcohol and alcohol products
  • fuel and petroleum based products
  • tobacco products.

By alcohol and alcohol products we mean goods such as:

  • beer
  • spirits
  • premixed drinks known as ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages
  • brewed beverages that are not beer
  • high strength spirit for non-beverage use, including denatured spirit.

It does not include wine and other alcoholic beverages subject to wine equalisation tax (WET).

By fuel and petroleum based products we mean goods such as:

  • crude oil and condensate
  • petroleum fuels – such as petrol, diesel
  • bio-fuels – such as biodiesel, ethanol
  • solvents – such as white spirits, mineral turpentine
  • lubricants – such as oils and greases
  • gaseous fuels – such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG).

Deliver into the Australian domestic market is when:

  • excisable goods are released into domestic consumption. The term in the legislation is 'deliver for home consumption'.

This includes:

  • delivering the goods away from the licensed premises
  • using the goods yourself
  • selling the goods for consumption on site.

The application form

The Excise Registration (NAT 16623, PDF, 258KB)This link will download a file is an electronic form. You can type your answers straight into the boxes provided.

Enable Protected View and JavaScript if prompted before filling in the form. This will allow the form to be completed electronically and the dropdown options to display.

Once you’ve completed the form, you can save or print it by selecting the buttons at the end of the form.

Help completing the form

Follow these instructions to help you complete the Excise registration form.

Your details

Provide the legal name of the person or business registering for an excise account. Do not provide a business name if it's different to the legal name.

It's not compulsory to provide your Australian business number (ABN), however it will help us to process your application promptly.

If you operate your business as a trust, enter the ABN of the trustee in its capacity as trustee for the trust.

Registration details

Select the type of goods you wish to register for and the reason for registering for an excise account.


Provide the business street address of the person or business registering for an excise account.

Select the tick box if your postal address is the same as your business address.

Authorised contact details

Provide the name, position held and contact details of the person that is authorised to contact us on your behalf for all matters relating to your excise account. This could be yourself as the applicant, or someone that you nominate to be the authorised contact. Provide their email address if the contact has authorised to correspond with us by email.

Financial institution details

Provide your Australian financial institution details for your excise account.


You, or a person who is authorised to act on your behalf (an authorised contact), must complete the declaration. If the applicant is a business entity, the declaration can only be completed by a primary contact or a person authorised by a primary contact.

If you lodge this application through Online services for business, your electronic credential will be accepted as your electronic signature.

Lodging your application

Before you lodge your application form, make sure you have completed all the mandatory sections.

Keep a copy of your completed application for your records and lodge the original through:

  • secure mail in Online services for business
  • practice mail in Online services for agents
  • mail to

Australian Taxation Office
PO Box 3514

Lodge through Online services for business

If you use Online services for business to lodge your application, it is more secure and will be processed faster than if you lodge by mail.

Follow these steps to lodge through secure mail in Online services for business:

  1. Fill in the application form
  2. Save the completed form as a PDF to your computer
  3. Log into Online services for business
  4. Select Communication, then Secure mail
  5. Create a New message
  6. Select View more topics from the Topic list
  7. Select Excise from the Other topics list
  8. Select Alcohol, fuel and petroleum products, tobacco, duty free store from the Subject list
  9. Attach your application form
  10. Provide your contact details and complete the declaration
  11. Select Send.

You will receive a receipt number once you've lodged your application.

Tracking your application progress

You can track the progress of your application in Online services for business by selecting Your dealings from the Communications menu.

Lodge through Online services for agents

Follow these steps to lodge through practice mail in Online services for agents:

  1. Select Communication, then Practice mail.
  2. Create a New message.
  3. Select View more topics from the Topic list.
  4. Select Excise from the Other topics list.
  5. Select Alcohol enquiry or Petroleum enquiry or  Tobacco enquiry  from the Subject list.
  6. Select I am enquiring on behalf of client from Enquiry type.
  7. Search for and select your client.
  8. Attach the application form.
  9. Provide your contact details and complete the declaration.
  10. Select Send.

You will receive a receipt number once the message has successfully been sent.

Service standards

You can expect a decision on your application within 28 days of us receiving all the necessary information.

If your application is incomplete, we will contact you for more information. If the information we need isn't provided after a reasonable period, we'll ask you to reapply when you can provide it.

Contact us

If you need more information, you can contact us or visit Excise on alcohol and Excise on fuel and petroleum products.