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New Director identification number requirements

New legislation has been introduced that requires all directors of Australian companies to have a director identification number (DIN).

small business owner working on new director identification number requirements

You will need to apply for a DIN if you are a company director. This includes if you are director of your SMSF corporate trustee or family trust.

You will also need to apply for a DIN if you are acting in the capacity of an alternate director, even if you are appointed for a specified period or a temporary basis.

You will need a myGovID which is different to a myGov account. See below for instructions on this:

What is a DIN?

A DIN is a unique 15-digit identifier that a director will apply for once and will keep forever. A director can only have one DIN that they must use for all companies.

The purpose of introducing DINs is to prevent the use of fictitious director identities, assist regulators trace directors’ relationships with companies and better identify directors involved in unlawful activity.

When do I need to apply for a DIN?

When you must apply for a DIN depends on the date you became a director.

The table below summarises the key dates of when you need to apply for a DIN.

New director identification number requirements

How do I apply for a DIN?

Unfortunately, we are unable to apply for a DIN on your behalf. You must apply for your own DIN to verify your identity. We can however assist you by advising you of the steps and timelines involved.

Follow the instructions via the ABRS website below:

Please feel free to contact us if you need any assistance with applying for your DIN or understanding your DIN obligations.


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