What is a Director ID?
A Director ID is a 15-digit identifier given to a director of a registered company or someone intending to become a director and is a number they will keep forever.
The aim of the Director ID is to:
- prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities
- make it easier for external administrators and regulators to trace directors’ relationships with companies over time
- identify and eliminate director involvement in unlawful activity, such as illegal phoenix activity.[i]
What are the new changes?
All company directors are required to verify their identity online with the Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) to receive their director ID. This involves providing certified copies of ID documents such as a passport and driver’s licence. The Director ID will be kept forever, even if your circumstances changes.
The deadlines for applying for a Director ID will vary depending on when you were appointed as a director. If you became a director either on or before 31 October 2021, you have until Wednesday, 30 November 2022 to apply. Directors appointed from 1 November 2021 should already have applied.
It is important to apply on time as it is a criminal offence if you do not. ASIC is responsible for enforcing director ID offences, as per the Corporations Act 2001.
How do I apply?
For my information about director ID and to apply, visit the ABRS website.
If you have any questions or concerns about your legal duties and obligations as a company director, please get in touch with our experienced Commercial Lawyers for an obligation-free consultation on 02 9262 4003 or submit an online enquiry.
Shirley heads up Ivy Law Group’s Commercial and Corporate Law team, and advises on the firm’s Wills and Estate Management related matters. She has over 16 years’ experience working as a corporate and commercial lawyer, including experience in top tier and mid-tier law firms and working as in-house counsel.