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Director Identification Numbers Now Required

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 Australia’s Director Identification Number (DIN) regime came into effect on 1 November 2021 and will require you to register for an identification number.   

A director ID is a 15 digit identifier that, once issued, will remain with you for life regardless of whether you stop being a director, change companies, change your name or move overseas.    

The DIN is managed by the  ATO, but created through Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS).   

Who needs a director ID? 

All directors of a company, registered Australian body, registered foreign company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation will need a director ID. This includes directors of a corporate trustee of self-managed super funds (SMSF).   

When do I need to apply?

 When you apply for your DIN is dependent on the date you became a director, as set out below.

Date you became a director _____________________________ Date you must apply  

 On or before 31 October 2021 __________________________ By 30 November 2022

Between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022___________  Within 28 days of appointment

From 5 April 2022  _________________________________________Before appointment

If the company intends to appoint new directors, it will beimportant to ensure that they are aware of the requirements and timeframes to establish their director ID if they do not already have one.     

Establishing your director ID   

To establish a director ID, you will need to verify youridentity and ensure that this information matches the records held by the ATO.   

  1. Set up myGovID my GovID  Note that myGovID (an app that can be downloaded to your smart device, and provides access to government online services including myGov) is different to myGov (an account that links services such as the ATO, Centrelink and Medicare).  The mygovID app does not create your director ID, it just validates your identity
  2.  Gather identification documents – including your tax file number, residential address (as held by the ATO) and two of the following identity verification documents
  • ATO notice of assessment
  • Super account details
  • Dividend statement
  • Centrelink payment summary
  • PAYG payment summary
  • Bank account details

    3. Apply for your director ID through ABRS- once your identity is verified in myGovID, you can then  complete your application via ABRS online.   

Once complete, your director ID will be issued immediately on screen. This information should be provided to us to record on your file   

If any of your details change, for example a change of residential address or phone number, you will need to update your details through the ABRS. You will also need to notify us within 7 days so that we can update the ASIC register within 28 days.   

Applying by phone or using paper forms 

You can choose to verify your identity and apply for yourdirector ID by phone (13 62 50) or on paper Application for a director identification number

You will need to have your identification documents available If you are applying using the paper form, your identity documentation will need to be certified by an authorised certifier such as a Barrister, Justice of the Peace etc.  

If you have any futher questions, please contact us on 02 9580 3353  

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