ASIC commenced contacting directors who are required to apply now for a director identification number (director ID).
People who are currently directors or who are planning to become a director, will need to apply for a director ID. Directors appointed under the Corporations Act:
- before 1 November 2021, must apply by 30 November 2022.
- between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022, must apply within 28 days of being appointed.
- from 5 April 2022, must apply before being appointed.
You can find more information about who needs to apply for a director ID at abrs.gov.au/deadlines
We cannot apply for a director ID on your behalf. A director must apply for a director ID themselves. We can help you to apply for a director ID online by:
- advising you when they need to apply
- assisting with the set up of your myGovID to a standard or strong identity strength
- assisting with the documents you need to prove your identity when you apply online.
You can find more information about applying for a director ID at abrs.gov.au/directorIDapply
Directors must set up their myGov ID with a standard or strong identity strength before they apply for a director ID.
We can assist with the set-up of the myGov ID by advising what you need to prove your identity. Clients will need at least two of the following Australian identity documents to prove their identity:
- Driver’s licence or learner’s permit
- Birth certificate
- Visa (using their foreign passport)
- Citizenship certificate
- Medicare card
You can find a list of documents that you can use to prove their identity at www.mygovid.gov.au/verifying-your-identity
Directors will need additional information that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) knows about them when they apply for their director ID online.
You will need your tax file number (not essential, but recommended), residential address as held by the ATO, and information from two documents to prove your identity. You can use any two of these documents:
- Bank account details held by the ATO
- ATO notice of assessment
- Super account details
- Dividend statement
- Centrelink payment summary
- PAYG payment summary
You can find more information about which documents can be used to prove your identity at abrs.gov.au/verify
The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) is responsible for enforcing director ID offences set out in the Corporations Act 2001. It is a criminal offence if directors do not apply on time, for more information about the penalties that may be applied, visit asic.gov.au/director-id
You can find more information about director ID: abrs.gov.au/directorID
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