Time to apply for your Director Identification Number

Not-for-profits and charities that are companies (and incorporated associations with an ARBN) should ensure that their directors or committee members obtain a Director Identification Number (Director ID) by 30 November 2022 (if appointed on or before 31 October 2021) or within 28 days of appointment (if appointed on or after 1 November 2021). From 5 April 2022, a Director ID must be obtained before appointment.

What is a Director ID?

A Director ID is a unique 15 digit number issued to a director (or someone who intends to become a director) to prevent fraud and reduce the use of false director identities. Directors must apply once and will then retain their Director ID forever.

Who will need 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 companies limited by guarantee; and
  • committee members of those incorporated associations that are registered Australian bodies with an Australian Registered Body Number (ARBN).

When is a Director ID required?

All Directors can apply for a Director ID now. The following table sets out the deadline by which you must apply.

Type of companyDirector appointment dateWhen application must be made
Companies, registered Australian bodies (including incorporated associations with an ARBN)– On or before 31 October 2021

– Between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022

– From 5 April 2022
– By 30 November 2022

– Within 28 days of appointment

– Before appointment
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth)– On or before 31 October 2022

– From 1 November 2022
– By 30 November 2023

– Before appointment

How do I apply for a Director ID?

The Australian Business Registry Services website provides information on how to apply for a Director ID.

  1. Set up a myGovID.
  2. Have your documents handy. You will need your tax file number, residential address (as held by the ATO) and information from two documents to verify your identity (passport, driver’s licence, notice of assessment, PAYG payment summary etc.).
  3. Apply for your Director ID.

What happens if I do not apply for a Director ID?

If you do not apply for a Director ID within the timeframes set out above, you may face civil and criminal penalties or be issued with an infringement notice.

What should I do after I receive my Director ID?

After receiving your Director ID, you will need to provide the number to the company or incorporated association’s record holder (usually the Secretary).

How we can help

If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.