Corporate key

A corporate key is a unique 8-digit number linked to a specific company. In many ways, a corporate key is similar to the PIN for a bank account and is used to keep your company information secure. Your company has only one corporate key.

To update your business name details, see our ASIC key page.

Apply online for a corporate key

How can I get my corporate key?

You will receive your corporate key when your company is registered. A letter with your corporate key will be sent to your registered office within two days of registration.

You can also find your corporate key in the top right corner of your most recent annual company statement.

A corporate key can be requested by:

  • a company officeholder
  • a registered agent
  • a liquidator
  • an external administrator

How do I use my corporate key?


You'll need your corporate key to register for online access. Then you'll be able to view your company records, lodge forms for your company and receive annual statements online. You only need to provide your corporate key when you create your account; after that, your company is automatically linked.

Paper form

When lodging a Notification by a company to nominate or cease a registered agent or contact address (Form 362/486), you must include the corporate key in the space provided.

You need to ensure the correct corporate key is provided so we can process changes to your company details. If the corporate key is incorrect, we will not be able to process your lodgement and will contact you to confirm.

Where is my corporate key sent?

Your corporate key will be sent to the registered office of your company. This prevents it being sent to an unauthorised recipient.

If you are unable to receive the company’s corporate key at the registered office address, it may be possible to send the corporate key to a contact address or an officeholder’s residential address recorded on our register.

To ask for your corporate key to be sent to an address other than the registered office, please contact us online.

Cancelling your corporate key

You may wish to cancel your current corporate key if you think it's been accessed by someone who isn't authorised to manage company details. To cancel your corporate key, you can request a new corporate key online; this will invalidate any previously issued corporate keys.

If you wish to remove a registered agent's access to a company, you can also lodge a Notification by a company to nominate or cease a registered agent or contact address (Form 362/486). This will cause a new corporate key to be issued.

Related links

What is an ASIC key?

Your ASIC key is a unique number used in ASIC Connect that helps us establish your identity and protects your business information by making sure only you and those you have authorised can access it.

Learn more about ASIC keys

What is an AUSkey?

AUSkey is a single key to access government online services. In the future, you may no longer need different user IDs and passwords as AUSkey becomes accepted by more government agencies for their online services.

Learn more about AUSkeys

What is a corporate key?

A corporate key is an 8-digit number uniquely associated with a company’s ACN. Your company needs only one corporate key.

Learn more about corporate keys

Last updated: 29/10/2015 04:54