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3. Australian Business Number (ABN)

Last updated 12 February 2019

Write the ABN of the fund in the boxes provided. If the fund does not have an ABN, leave this blank.

We strongly encourage funds without ABNs to apply for one either at or by lodging an Application for ABN registration for superannuation entities (NAT 2944) with us.

The ABN is a unique business identifier that will ultimately be used for all dealings with the Australian Government. It is also available to state, territory and local government regulatory bodies. Identification for tax law purposes is only one of the objects of the ABN.

We are authorised by the A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999 to collect certain information relating to the fund. We may use business details supplied on the fund tax return to update the information held in the Australian Business Register (ABR) in relation to the fund. Those details may include the fund’s, industry classification, status of business, public officer, email address and main business address. We may also use postal address details from the fund’s tax return if we cannot contact you through the fund’s ABR postal address.

Where authorised by law, selected information on the ABR may be made publicly available and some may be passed to a wide range of government agencies, including Australian Government, state and local government agencies.

You can find details of agencies that regularly receive information from the ABR at You can also phone us on 13 28 66 between 8.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday and ask for a list of the agencies to be sent to you.

These agencies may use ABR information for purposes authorised by their legislation or for carrying out other functions of their agency. Examples of possible uses include registration, reporting, compliance, validation and updating databases.

In addition to the publicly available information, these agencies can also access the:

  • names of the fund’s associates, such as directors of the company, trustee or public officer
  • fund’s address for service of notices
  • fund’s principal place of business
  • fund’s email address
  • Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) code for the business conducted by the fund.