When businesses and other organisations, including government bodies and non-profit organisations register for an Australian business number (ABN), their identity information is stored in the Australian Business Register (ABR) as public and non-public data.
Find out more about categorised and uncategorised public and non-public data.
Agencies use this data to assist with planning and decision making in their jurisdiction.
Public data is available to everyone via ABN Lookup.
Non-public data is available to eligible government agencies. The data can be used for many purposes, including:
- service delivery - promoting new government services or grants, informing legislative changes, licensing of business activities and identifying and supporting new businesses
- disaster response and recovery - identifying businesses, in a disaster area, that have been affected and those that can provide support
- procurement – validating supplier’s ABNs, identifying local suppliers and trades people for council initiatives and conflicts of interest checks
- planning and economic development - identifying changes in business growth and establishing future strategic plans to meet the needs of community growth and change
- compliance activities - validation of business details, risk profiling, work planning and site visits.
Find out more about agency access to non-public data.