As we have previously advised, company directors are now required to apply for a Director Identification Number from the Australian Business Registry Services. These unique numbers apply in respect of all companies that a given person is a director of.
If you were a director of an existing company prior to 1 November 2021 and become a director of another company after 31 October 2021, then the deadline to apply for director ID is 30 Nov 2022.
To apply, you are required to prove your identity, which is made easiest if you already have a MyGovID account. Additionally, you need to provide your Tax File Number, your residential address as held by the ATO, and information form 2 further documents to verify your identity.
A summary of the deadlines for application are in the table below, and more information can be found on the ABRS website.
|Date you become a director||Date you must apply|
|On or before 31 October 2021||By 30 November 2022|
|Between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022||Within 28 days of appointment|
|From 5 April 2022||Before appointment|