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What you need to know about registered agents



What is a registered agent?
Who can be a registered agent?
How do I become a registered agent?
What does it cost to be a registered agent?
What are the benefits of lodging electronically as a registered agent?
What benefits are there for companies to have a registered agent?
What does ASIC expect of me as a registered agent?
When can ASIC cancel my registration?
How do I change my registered agent details?
How do I cancel my registration?
If I have a question about my registration, who can I contact?


What is a registered agent?


A company may choose to deal directly with us, use the services of a casual lodging party, or may choose to use the services of a registered agent.

A registered agent acts as an intermediary between ASIC and Australian companies, to help companies meet their lodgement obligations under the Corporations Act 2001 (Corporations Act). A registered agent does not operate on our behalf but instead operates on behalf of companies who need to lodge information with ASIC.

A registered agent:
Most registered agents lodge information on behalf of companies electronically with us, either using our Online Agent Portal or our EDGE system (which requires third party software to lodge).


Who can be a registered agent?


The role of a registered agent is an important one. A registered agent must meet the registration criteria and ASIC's expectations of agent conduct to maintain registration.

Many accountancy and legal firms are registered with us as agents. Registered agents are usually members of specific Industry Associations that recognise the qualifications of these individuals and firms. Often, a registered agent will also be a Tax Agent, lodging documents on behalf of businesses and companies with the Australian Tax Office (ATO).


How do I become a registered agent?


To register as an agent with us, you need to lodge a Form RA01 Notification to register, change details of, or cease as an agent. A detailed guide to help you understand what is expected of you as a registered agent accompanies the Form RA01.

Once you lodge the Form RA01 with all the correct information, you will receive a letter welcoming you to your role as a registered agent. The letter also provides you with your unique registered agent number.

Registered agents
To activate your number, you will need to:
Please note that when we process the Form 362, we will link the company record to you as a registered agent. We will send the company annual statement and company invoice statements to you as the registered agent.


What does it cost to be a registered agent?


At present there is no registration fee to be a registered agent with ASIC.


What are the benefits of lodging and receiving company documents electronically as a registered agent?


We have two systems that you can use to receive and lodge documents electronically with us:
The EDGE system is suited to large volume lodgers who manage a broad base of client companies. Benefits of the EDGE system include:

Forms you can lodge through EDGE



The Online Agent Portal is suited to small to medium lodgers who represent a small base of client companies. Benefits include:


Forms you can lodge through the officeholder and registered agent portals

Conveniences of both systems include the ability to download:

What benefits are there for companies to have a registered agent?


Having a registered agent may help companies meet their lodgement obligations more efficiently. Registered agents often lodge on behalf of a number of companies, so they are more familiar with the requirements companies need to meet under the Corporations Act and can help companies understand what information needs to be lodged with us.


What does ASIC expect of me as a registered agent?


As a registered agent you will be aware of:
As a registered agent you must:
1. Meet the registration criteria before and during registration by:
2. Work with us to ensure that the companies you represent meet their compliance requirements by:
3. Lodge necessary documents with us electronically by:

When can ASIC cancel my registration?


We reserve the right to review your conduct at any stage during your registration. The Form RA01 Guide details when we can cancel your registration. We can also cancel your registration if you are found to have breached s1308 of the Corporations Act. We can take action for breach of s1308(2) of the Corporations Act if an agent lodges documents with ASIC that to their knowledge, are false and misleading in a material particular.

In addition, if we cannot get in touch with you because you have not updated your contact details in a timely manner, we reserve the right to cancel your registration.

If your registration is cancelled your access to lodging documents online through the Online Agent Portal will cease.


How do I change my registered agent details?


If any of your registered agent contact details change, you must lodge a Form RA01 to notify us of these changes. Please attempt to lodge the changes in a timely manner so that we can contact you if we have a query about a form you lodge or payment you make.

If you are registered for online lodgement, you can update your email address online. This ensures that you are notified when we send documents to your Inbox.


How do I cancel my registration?


You can cancel your registration as an agent by lodging a Form RA01. Once you cancel your registration, all the companies that are still linked to you in our system will be notified that you have cancelled your registration.

If a company wishes to cancel you as their agent the company will need to lodge a Form 362. This means that we will no longer recognise you as representing the company. All our correspondence will be sent to the company's registered office unless they have notified us of another contact address.

If the company record shows your address as the registered office address, the company will need to update this information by lodging a Form 484.

You must notify us that you no longer represent a company by lodging a Form 361 Notification of a registered agent ceasing to act for a company .


If I have a question about my registration, who can I contact?


If you have any further questions about your registration, you can contact us at www.asic.gov.au/question.


This is Information Sheet 77 (INFO 77). Information sheets provide concise guidance on a specific process or compliance issue or an overview of detailed guidance.


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