New ID requirement for directors

Company directors will now have to go through a process of verifying their identity in order to obtain a new director identification number (director ID). This is a measure put in place to help prevent any fraudulent or false director identities from being used. When you will have to apply for your director ID depends on when you were appointed as a director.

All directors of a company, registered Australian body, registered foreign company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation will need a director ID.

When you must apply depends on when you were appointed as a director:

  • Existing directors have until 30 November 2022 to apply.
  • Directors appointed between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022 must apply within 28 days of their appointment.
  • From 5 April 2022, intending directors must apply before being appointed.

Visit the ABRS website for more information about director ID.