Improving registry services

As part of the 2020 Budget Digital Business Plan, the government announced the full implementation of the Modernising Business Registers (MBR) program.

This program will:

  • establish the new Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS)
  • streamline how you register, view and maintain your business information with government.

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About the MBR program

The MBR program will establish the ABRS, a new modern registry service which will:

  • progressively roll out between 2021 and 2024
  • bring together the Australian Business Register (ABR) and more than 30 Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) registers in one place
  • introduce the director identification number (director ID) initiative.

The ABRS is now available. Visit for information about the service and how to apply for a director ID.

What's not changing

For now, how you register, search and get extracts, and interact with us remains the same.
For details on the program and to keep up to date with changes see Modernising Business Registers.  

Administering the MBR program

On 4 April 2021, the Commissioner of Taxation was appointed as Registrar under the:

  • Business Names Registration Act 2011
  • Commonwealth Registers Act 2020
  • Corporations Act 2001
  • National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009.

The Registrar's role is to lead and implement the MBR program and to perform statutory registry functions and exercise powers under the relevant laws. Initially, this will also include assisting ASIC perform statutory registry functions and exercise its powers as a delegate of ASIC. At a later stage the Registrar will assume primary responsibility for those functions under law.

The MBR program is being rolled out by the Australian Taxation Office.

Last modified
25 Mar 2022