Business Names

Everything you need to know about starting and maintaining an Australian business name.

How do I stop the transfer of a business name?

If you have started a business name transfer and then decide you do not need/want to transfer your business name anymore you may cancel this process with ASIC.

ASIC may not be able to stop a business name transfer if:

  • Your registration has already been cancelled; or
  • The new holder has registered or applied to register the business name.

To stop your business name transfer online you will first need to go to ASIC Connect Search and check the two requirements listed above.

You will then need to send an email request to Make sure you include the business name, the transfer number and why the transfer needs to be stopped.

Your application to stop the transfer will be reviewed and will be processed in approximately 5 business days.

This information is of a general nature only and does not constitute professional advice. You must seek professional advice in relation to your particular circumstances before acting.

Updated — Jul 7, 2017

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