Guidelines for ministerial consent-restricted words and expressions-police policing

'Police', 'Policing', 'International Criminal Police Organisation' ('ICPO') and 'Interpol' are restricted words or expressions under Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Names Determination.

Criteria for the Assessment of Applications

Applicants seeking Ministerial consent to the use of the words or expressions ‘police’, ‘policing’, ‘International Criminal Police Organisation (ICPO)’ or ‘Interpol’, or words or expressions having a similar meaning in a proposed business name, will need to demonstrate:

(a) the name as a whole indicates clearly that the entity is not connected with any police force or

(b) the applicant is a business enterprise owned or operated by a State, Territory or Commonwealth Government or

(c) the applicant is a business enterprise owned or operated by ICPO, Interpol or their respective governing bodies or

(d) the proposed business name suggests a connection with one or more police forces, and the relevant police forces, and also the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, have been consulted.

When considering an application for consent under (d), ASIC must consult and obtain the views of the relevant body and the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department but is not obliged to accept the views given by any relevant body or the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.

Further links


Business Names Registration Act 2011

This Act details the legislative framework for business names in Australia.

Business Names Registration (Availability of Names) Determination 2015


This Determination provides the rules for determining whether proposed business names are identical or nearly identical, restricted words and expressions, and the kinds of names that are undesirable.

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Last updated: 30/04/2014 12:00