Business name availability

You can check to see if a business name is available to register by using the check business name availability search or by commencing an application to register a business name in ASIC Connect.

The Business Names Registration Act 2011 outlines the circumstances under which a business name is available to an entity.

Select the 'Search now' button below to visit ASIC Connect and select 'Check name availablity' to see if the name you want is available

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Things you need to know


Business name availability tests

The tests we apply to a proposed business name to determine if it is available to register.

Business name availability results

Explains each of the possible search results.

Guidelines for Ministerial Consent to Business Names

The Treasury has approved guidelines for Ministerial consent for business names under the Act.

Request a review of an ASIC decision

Learn more about requesting a review of our decision if we reject your proposed business name.


Further links


Government body names

Are you a government agency? See our government body names page for information on protecting your name.

Other laws impacting business names The Business Names Registration Act 2011 outlines the rules for registration of a business name. However, the use of industry and professional terms in general (not just within a business name) is also often limited by other laws.

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Last updated: 30/03/2021 09:27