How to Get an ABN in Australia: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you starting a business in Australia and need an ABN (Australian Business Number) to operate legally? In this post, we'll provide a step-by-step guide on how to get an ABN in Australia.

March 15, 2023

Step 1: Determine if you need an ABN

Not all businesses in Australia require an ABN. Generally, you will need an ABN if you are carrying on an enterprise, which means that you are regularly undertaking activities in a business-like manner with the intention of making a profit. You can check if you need an ABN on the Australian Business Register website.

Step 2: Gather the required information

To apply for an ABN, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Your tax file number (TFN)
  • Your legal name and any trading names
  • Your business address
  • Your business activity details
  • Your contact details

Step 3: Apply for an ABN

You can apply for an ABN online through the Australian Business Register website. The application process is free and should take around 15 minutes to complete. You will need to provide the information gathered in Step 2, as well as answer some additional questions about your business.

Step 4: Wait for your ABN

After you submit your application, you should receive your ABN immediately, provided that you have provided all the required information. In some cases, the Australian Business Register may need to review your application, which can take up to 28 days.

Step 5: Register for other business requirements

Once you have your ABN, you may also need to register for other business requirements, such as GST (Goods and Services Tax) and PAYG (Pay As You Go) withholding. You can do this through the Australian Business Register website.

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