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  • Australian residents –TFN application

    Applying for a tax file number (TFN) is free. You can apply for a TFN if you're an Australian resident, that is if either you:

    • were born in Australia
    • have taken out Australian citizenship
    • are an Australian resident for tax purposes.

    Note: If you are a resident of Norfolk Island the online application process through Australia Post is not available. Residents of Norfolk Island should use TFN application for Norfolk Island residents.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who don't have enough documents to identify themselves need to complete a paper form. Use TFN application for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for more information and access to the form.

    If you're unsure of your residency status, see – Work out your tax residency.

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    Apply at Australia Post

    You can apply for a TFN at a participating Australia Post retail outletExternal Link if you're an Australian resident and able to attend an interview. There is no fee for lodging your TFN application with Australia Post.

    If you're an Australian resident, the easiest and quickest way to apply for a TFN is to:

    1. Complete the online formExternal Link (form is not supported by Internet Explorer, use another browser).
    2. Print the summary, which will include your application reference number.
    3. Book your interviewExternal Link and attend a participating Australia Post outlet within 30 days of completing your online form.
      Take your printed summary and proof of identity documentsExternal Link to the interview. You'll sign your application at Australia Post when you complete your interview.

    It can take up to 28 days to receive your TFN after we receive your completed application and the required documents have been approved by Australia Post. We appreciate your patience during the processing period. To prevent delays in processing your application don't lodge another application. If you haven't received your TFN notification letter after 28 days, contact us.

    Note: Changes to Australia Post services due to COVID-19 may affect lodging your application. Check Australia post updatesExternal Link for more information.

    Apply at a Services Australia centre

    If you're a Services Australia customer, and unable to apply at Australia Post for a TFN, you can apply in person at a Services AustraliaExternal Link service centre by completing a paper Tax file number – application or enquiry for individuals (NAT 1432) form.

    If you have authorised Services Australia to receive your TFN from the ATO, select to give to Services Australia as your reason for needing a TFN.

    Once processed, we'll send your TFN to Services Australia.

    Apply by post

    If you can't attend an interview at a participating Australia Post retail outlet or you're not a Services Australia customer, you'll need to complete a paper form.

    You can get a copy of this form by either:

    • order onlineExternal LinkTax file number – application or enquiry for individuals (NAT 1432)
    • phone 1300 720 092 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Send your completed TFN application and certified copies of your identity documents to the address listed on the form.

    Note: Don't send your original identity documents to us as they may not be returned to you.

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    Last modified: 01 Dec 2020QC 22604