New Director Identification Requirements

The Australian Securities and
Investment Commission (ASIC) has introduced new identification requirements for
directors. A director identification number (director ID) is a unique
identifier you will keep forever. It will help to prevent the use of false or
fraudulent director identities. Effective 1 November 2021, company directors
will need to verify their identity and will be issued a director ID.
Who needs to apply:

You need a director ID if you’re an eligible
officer of:

  • a company, a registered Australian body or a registered
    foreign company under the Corporations Act 2001 (Corporations Act)
  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation
    registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
    Act 2006 (CATSI Act). An eligible officer is a person who is appointed as:
  • a director
  • an alternate director who is acting in that capacity.

When you need to apply:

Corporations Act Directors

Date you become a director

Date you must apply

On or before 31 October 2021

By 30 November 2022

Between 1 Nov 2021 and 4 April 2022

Within 28 days of appointment

From 5 April 2022

Before appointment

CATSI Act Directors

Date you become a director

Date you must apply

On or before 31 October 2022

By 30 November 2023

From 1 Nov 2022

Before appointment

Important information:

  • you must apply for your own director ID, we cannot do
    this on your behalf, but we can assist you
  • you can complete an online or paper application
  • to apply, you must firstly verify your identity
  • the application process is administered by the
    Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS)
  • compliance with these requirements is managed by ASIC
  • if you do not meet requirements, you may be issued with
    an infringement notice, and there may be civil or criminal penalties.
  • Go to for
    detailed information on completing your registration

Please contact our office if you have any
questions, or require assistance navigating this process.

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