Company addresses

We explain how Australian companies and foreign companies registered in Australia are required to keep their email and address details up to date with ASIC.

What address details are required by ASIC

All Australian companies must give ASIC:

  • the address of their registered office and principal place of business
  • the residential address of each officeholder, and
  • the address of each member of a proprietary company (if there are less than 20 members),
  • the contact address if the company chooses to have one.

These addresses form part of the public record and may be viewed when conducting a company search.

If we receive information that an address may be incorrect or when mail we have sent has been returned to us we may highlight this fact in our register.

Where does ASIC send correspondence?

If an officeholder is registered for online lodgement, the annual statement will be sent online.

Otherwise, ASIC will send correspondence, including annual statements and invoices to the registered agent or contact address (if one is recorded).

If no registered agent or contact address is recorded, the registered office address will be used.

In some circumstances (no response received to our correspondence, unpaid invoices or the company being deregistered), we may send correspondence to an officeholder's address.

Keeping addresses up to date ensures you receive correspondence in time to meet any deadline that may apply.

ASIC is sending me mail for a company I've never heard of

If you are receiving mail from a company that isn't located at your address, see our 'What to do if you receive mail for a company that isn't yours' page and let us know.

Email address

You can notify a change to your email address through our online services.

Registered agents or company officeholders who are registered for online lodgement will receive an email notification when the annual statement is ready for review.

Registered office

An Australian company must have a registered office where correspondence can be sent. A registered office does not need to be the same as the company's principal place of business.

If the company does not occupy the premises, the occupier of the address must give written consent to the company to use the address as its registered office.

The registered office address cannot be a post office box.

Tell us of a change to your registered office address online by completing the Form 484 Change to company details.   

Any change to your registered office address must be notified to ASIC within 28 days. 

Changes will be made to our registered seven days after we are notified or at a later date if specified.

You can change a registered office address in advance. 

Registered agent   

Registered agents should tell us of changes to their address by completing the Form RA01 Notification to register, change details of, or cease as an agent.

Registered agents must notify ASIC of changes to their address as soon as possible.

Contact address

If you have not appointed a registered agent, you may nominate a contact address where we can send correspondence. This can be a post office box.

Nominate, change or cease a contact address by completing Form 486 Notification to nominate, change or cease a contact address for a company.

If the company has an existing registered agent, a Form 362 Notification by a company to nominate or cease a registered agent or contact address must first be completed online to cease the registered agent.

If a contact address is ceased, correspondence will be sent to the registered office.

The contact address will appear on your company statement and on any company search under the heading 'Contact address for ASIC use only'.

Principal place of business

An Australian company must tell us the address of its principal place of business. It must be a physical address and cannot be a post office box.

Tell us of a change to your principal place of business address online by completing a Form 484 Change to company details.

Any change to your principal place of business must be notified to ASIC within 28 days.

You can change a principal place of business address in advance.

Company officeholder's residential address

You must tell us the residential address of all directors, alternate directors and secretaries of a company. The address cannot be a post office box.

Tell us of a change to a company officeholder's residential address online by completing a Form 484 Change to company details.

Any change to a company officeholder's residential address must be notified to ASIC within 28 days.

Proprietary company member's (shareholder) address

You must tell us the address of a member (shareholder) of a proprietary company, whether they are an individual or a company. A post office box can be used.

Where a proprietary company has more than 20 members in a share class, you only need to tell us the address of the top 20 members.

Tell us of a change to a proprietary company member's (shareholder) address online by completing a Form 484 Change to company details.

Any change to a proprietary company member's (shareholder) address must be notified to ASIC within 28 days.

Suppression of residential address

In some cases, officeholders may apply for suppression of residential address

This may be because:

  • they have been granted a silent enrolment status by the Australian Electoral Commission
  • they are not recorded on an electoral roll in Australia

If they are not recorded on the electoral roll in Australia, ASIC will decide if their usual residential address on the corporate register may put at risk their personal safety or the personal safety of family members.

The officeholder will then need to complete a Form 378 Application to use an alternative address and/or a Form 379 Request to suppress residential address or change residential and/or alternative address.

Where there is no physical change to an address

If an Australian address is changed, but there is no change in the physical location, you must still notify us by completing a Form 484 Change to company details and attaching a letter from the company officer or liquidator informing us that the address has changed.

For example, a lot number is now a street number or a town/suburb has changed due to alteration of council boundaries.

Provided that the physical location has not changed, late lodgement fees will not apply.

Foreign companies and registered Australian bodies

Both registered Australian bodies and foreign companies must have a registered office in Australia where correspondence can be sent. A registered office does not need to be the body's place of business. The address cannot be a post office box.

Tell us of a change to a foreign company and registered Australian body registered office address in Australia by completing a Form 489 Notification of change of registered office or office hours of a registered body.

Any change to a foreign company and registered Australian body registered office address in Australia must be notified to ASIC within seven days.

Address in place/country of origin

Both registered Australian bodies and foreign companies must tell us their registered office address in their state or territory/country of origin. However, if the legislation of that jurisdiction does not require a registered office address, the principal place of business must be provided instead.

Tell us of a change to a registered office address in a state or territory/country of origin by completing a Form 489 Notification of change of registered office or office hours of a registered body.

Any change to a registered office address in a state or territory/country of origin must be notified to ASIC within one month.

Director addresses

Tell us of a change to the residential address of a director of a registered Australian body or foreign company by completing a Form 490 Notification of change to directors of a registered body.

Any change to the residential address of a director of a registered Australian body or foreign company must be notified to ASIC within one month.

Agent of a foreign company

A foreign company must have appointed a local agent who is resident in Australia, to accept the service of notices on behalf of the company. The address of the local agent cannot be a post office box.

Tell us of a change to the address of the local agent by completing a Form 404 Notification of change to agent of a foreign company.

Any change to the address of the local agent must be notified to ASIC within one month. 

A foreign company can also tell us of a change to any of its addresses when completing either:

Form 405 Statement to verify financial statements of a foreign company, or Form 406 Annual return of a foreign company (if financial reporting relief applies).

Charities

If your company, registered body or foreign company is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) some of your reporting obligations to ASIC will no longer apply. Find out what to do if you are a charity.

It is important that you keep your company address information current to ensure you meet your legal obligations and to avoid paying late fees.

Using our online services is fastest and most convenient way to keep your company address up to date.  

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Last updated: 31/08/2015 05:03