This is Information Sheet 8 (INFO 8).
A corporate key is a unique 8-digit number linked to a specific company. A corporate key is like the PIN for a bank account and is used to keep your company information secure. Your company has only one corporate key.
To update your business name details, see our ASIC key page.
- How can I get my corporate key?
- How do I use my corporate key?
- Where is my corporate key sent?
- How can I get my corporate key sent to an alternate address?
- Cancelling your corporate key
You will receive your corporate key when your company is registered. A letter with your corporate key is sent to your registered office within two days of registration.
You can also find your corporate key in the top right corner of your most recent annual statement.
What if I've lost my corporate key?
To get a new corporate key, you can apply online and it will be mailed to your registered office address.
To keep your company details secure, we'll cancel your existing corporate key as soon as the new one is requested.
A corporate key can be requested by:
- a company officeholder
- a registered agent
- a liquidator
- an external administrator
You'll need your corporate key to register for online access. Then you'll be able to view your company records, lodge forms for your company and receive annual statements online. You only need to provide your corporate key once; after that, your company is permanently linked.
When lodging a Notification by a company to nominate or cease a registered agent or contact address (Form 362/486), you must include the corporate key in the space provided.
You must provide a corporate key. If the corporate key is incorrect, we cannot process your document.
Your corporate key will be sent to the registered office of your company.
If you can't receive the company’s corporate key at the registered office address, we can send the corporate key to another address recorded on our register.
To send your corporate key to a company address other than your registered office, contact us and let us know which company address you would like the corporate key sent to.
What if all of the company's addresses are out of date?
If all of the company's addresses are out of date, contact us and include:
- the company's name and Australian Company Number (ACN)
- your full name, date of birth and place of birth
- your role within the company (e.g. director, secretary), and
- the company's current registered office
We'll be in touch to let you know how you can get a new corporate key.
You may wish to cancel your current corporate key to prevent unauthorised people changing your details. To cancel your corporate key, request a new corporate key online. This makes any previous corporate keys invalid.
If you want to remove a registered agent's access to a company, you can lodge a Notification by a company to nominate or cease a registered agent or contact address (Form 362/486). A new corporate key will be sent out.
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