Changes to the Australian Business Register

The ATO has advised that the Australian Business Register (ABR) will upgrade its services on 26 November 2012 to simplify business start-ups. As a consequence, it said the ABR and AUSKey websites will be unavailable for certain periods on 16, 18, 23, and 26 November 2012.

To enable simplified registrations for businesses, the ATO has outlined the following changes to the ABR. It says taxpayers will be able to:

  • register for a business name, an AUSkey, GST, fuel tax credits and PAYG withholding as part of their online Australian Business Number (ABN) application;
  • have some details pre-filled from one registration to the next - eg some of the ABN details will be pre-filled into the business name application;
  • apply directly with each agency for additional registrations if they elect not to apply at the same time as their ABN application, or already have an ABN; and
  • apply for a business name directly with ASIC if they are not an individual or organisation with an ABN or Australian registered body number.

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