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Last updated 12 February 2019

Australian Business Register

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

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

You can find details of agencies regularly receiving information from the ABR at You can phone us on 13 28 66 between 8.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday to have a list of the agencies 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 of databases.

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

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