Important changes to business name registration
Following changes in early 2012, the administration of all business names in Australia was transferred to ASIC. This means that if you had previously registered your business name with a state or territory agency (for example, the Department of Fair Trading), your details have been transferred to ASIC's national register. You do not need to call or contact ASIC to check if your business name has been transferred – we will write to you when your business name is due for renewal.
Due to the large number of business names transferred to ASIC, there may be a delay between when your business name is due for renewal, and when you receive a renewal notice from us. During this time, we will not cancel any registered business names that have not been renewed by the due date.
These changes are designed to make it simpler and more cost-effective to register, or to make amendments to, a business name.
|What is a business name?||Learn more about what a business name is and why you might need one.|
|Search for a business name||More information about how to use ASIC Connect to search for a business name and information related to it. This includes checking whether a business name is available or is already registered to another person or entity.|
|Register a business name||Get step-by-step information on how to register a business name. If the business name you want is available, you can register it for a period of one or three years.|
|Update business name details||Check and update details about your business name (such as addresses, partners and authorised representatives) online.|
|Renew a business name||Renew the registration of your business name (after you've received a renewal notice from us).|
|Transfer a business name||Transfer your business name registration to another person or entity.|
|Cancel a business name|| Information about how to cancel your business name registration if you stop trading.
We can also cancel a business name registration in certain circumstances.