Company name availability
This information sheet gives an overview of company name availability. It covers:
We will register a name that is not identical to a currently registered name and does not contain a restricted word or phrase. However, pluralisation will be taken into account in determining name availability. The law sets rules to determine whether names are identical.
- the criteria for a name being available
- where to check if your proposed company name is identical to an existing registered company name.
When is a name available?
A name is available to a company unless the name is:
We do not take account of any similar names that may already be registered, but do take into account plural or singular versions of the name when seeing if a name is available. The applicant is responsible for making sure that the name is not similar to other registered names or to names which may possibly be confused with or mistaken for another already registered name.
Note that our registration of a name does not make a company immune from any action which may be taken by another person, organisation or government agency with a similar registered name.
- identical to a name already reserved or registered for another body, or
- identical to a name that is included on the national business names register for another individual or body who is not the person applying to have the name, or
- unacceptable for registration.
Where to check a company name
You can use the Check Name Availability search on ASIC Connect to check if your proposed name is identical to one already registered.
Where can I get more information?
- Online enquiry: www.asic.gov.au/question.
- Contact ASIC on 1300 300 630.
Please note that this information sheet is a summary giving you basic information about a particular topic. It does not cover the whole of the relevant law regarding that topic, and it is not a substitute for professional advice.
You should also note that because this information sheet avoids legal language wherever possible, it might include some generalisations about the application of the law. Some provisions of the law referred to have exceptions or important qualifications. In most cases your particular circumstances must be taken into account when determining how the law applies to you.
|This is Information Sheet 71 (INFO 71). Information sheets provide concise guidance on a specific process or compliance issue or an overview of detailed guidance.|
ASIC Website: Printed 10/01/2014