Corporate key

A corporate key is a unique 8-digit number linked to a specific company. A corporate key is like 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

Log in to your company account

How can I get my corporate key?

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

To get a new corporate key, you can apply online and it will be mailed to your registered office address.

To keep your company details secure, we'll cancel your existing corporate key as soon as the new one is requested.

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?

Online

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 once; after that, your company is permanently 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 must provide a corporate key. If the corporate key is incorrect, we cannot process your document.

Where is my corporate key sent?

Your corporate key will be sent to the registered office of your company. 

If you can't receive the company’s corporate key at the registered office address, we can send the corporate key to another address recorded on our register.

How do I get my corporate key sent to an alternate address?

To send your corporate key to a company address other than your registered office, contact us and let us know which company address you would like the corporate key sent to.

What if all of the company's addresses are out of date?

If all of the company's addresses are out of date, contact us and include:

  • the company's name and Australian Company Number (ACN)
  • your full name, date of birth and place of birth
  • your role within the company (e.g. director, secretary), and
  • the company's current registered office

We'll be in touch to let you know how you can get a new corporate key.

Cancelling your corporate key

You may wish to cancel your current corporate key to prevent unauthorised people changing your details. To cancel your corporate key, request a new corporate key online. This makes any previous corporate keys invalid.

If you want to remove a registered agent's access to a company, you can lodge a Notification by a company to nominate or cease a registered agent or contact address (Form 362/486). A new corporate key will be sent out.

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: 13/11/2013 12:00