Trading names

From November 2018, trading names will be removed from the ABN Lookup. The ABN Lookup contains a list of all Australian Business Numbers (ABNs) and any associated business names.

If you want to trade under a specific name, you'll need to register it as a business name with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

You don't need to register a business name if you trade under your own name ('John Smith'), but you'll need to have a business name if it's anything else ('John Smith Plumbing').

How to register a business name

You can register a business name online through our website.

When applying, you need to have your Australian Business Number (ABN) or have applied for one. You also need to provide some business details (like your address).

You cannot register a business name that is identical to one already on the register. Before you apply, use our 'Check name availability' search to see if the name you want is still available.

A 'green' result means you can register the name, an 'amber' result means that we'll have to review your application once submitted, and a 'red' result means that the name is not available.

Business name fees

The fees for registering a business name are:

  • $35 for one year
  • $82 for three year

Once your registration period is over, you'll need to renew your business name if you still want to trade. The fees for renewal are the same as registration.

The name I want is not available. What should I do?

If the name you want isn't available, we recommend altering your choice so that it differs from any existing names. For example, instead of "Bunch of Apples', try 'Sam's Bunch of Apples'.

Once I've registered, what do I need to do?

Once the business name has been registered, we'll email you a copy of your record of registration. You can then trade using the name.

If your details change, you must update your details with us. (for example, if you've moved addresses).

You must prominently display your business name wherever you're open to the public, like at your storefront. You must also include your ABN on any business correspondence that you send out, like invoices or purchase orders.

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Last updated: 16/03/2018 12:35