ABN Registration

How to apply for an ABN, the information you will need and the support to maintain your ABN.

Do I need an ABN?

Whether a sole trader will require an ABN depends on your personal circumstance.

If you are a sole trader

Some questions to consider include:

  • Is the activity being undertaken for commercial reasons?
  • Is your main intention, purpose or prospect to make a profit?
  • Do you regularly and repeatedly undertake your activity?
  • Is your activity planned, organised and carried out in a businesslike manner?

If you have answered YES to most of these questions, you will most likely be required to obtain an ABN to carry out your activity.

If you are a company

Most registered companies in Australia will be required to register for an ABN if they are carrying out business activities. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Handling invoices;
  • Opening a business bank account;
  • Paying employee salaries

Amongst other things

Furthermore, entities looking to register business names must also have a valid and active ABN.

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Updated — Mar 13, 2019

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