As part of its Digital Business Plan, the government announced the full implementation of the Modernising Business Registers (MBR) program. This program will establish the new Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) and streamline how you register, view and maintain your business information with the government. One of the changes associated with the introduction of the ABRS is the director identification number (director ID) initiative.
The director ID is a unique identifier that a director will need to apply for once and will keep forever.
The introduction of director IDs is intended to create a fairer business environment by helping prevent the use of false and fraudulent director identities, which “will go a long way to better identifying and eliminating director involvement in unlawful activity”.
All directors will need to apply for a director ID, including directors of corporate trustees of self-managed super funds (‘SMSFs’) and of family trusts.
Individuals will be able to apply for a director ID from 1 November 2021 on the new Australian Business Registry Services (‘ABRS’) website (at abrs.gov.au) and will need to log in using the myGovID app (set to a ‘Standard’ or ‘Strong’ identity strength).
When an individual must apply for a director ID depends on the date they became a director. For directors under the Corporations Act:
Individuals will need to apply for their director ID themselves to verify their identity (i.e., no one can apply for it on their behalf, including agents).