Who needs a director ID
You need a director ID if you are a director of a:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation
- corporate trustee (for example, of a self-managed super fund)
- charity or not-for-profit organisation that is a company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation
- registered Australian body (for example, an incorporated association that is registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and trades outside the state or territory in which it is incorporated)
- foreign company registered with ASIC and carrying on business in Australia (regardless of where you live)
When do you need to apply?
The director ID deadline depends on the date you first become a director. We have summarised these dates in the below table.
|Date you become a director||Date you must|
|On or before 31 October 2021||By 30 November 2022|
|Between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022||Within 28 days of appointment|
|From 5 April 2022||Prior to your appointment|
If you were already a director on or before 31 October 2021, you have until 30 November 2022 to apply. That’s still the case even if you become a director of another company after 31 October 2021.
How to apply for a director ID
The fastest way to receive your director ID is to apply online. To complete your online application, there are 3 key steps:
Set up myGovID — If you do not already have a myGovID, you will need to set this up before you can apply for your director ID. Please note, this is different to a myGov account.
Gather your documents — You will need to have some information that the ATO knows about you when you apply for your director ID, including:
- your tax file number (TFN)
- your residential address as held by the ATO
- information from two of the following documents:
- bank account details
- an ATO notice of assessment
- superannuation account details
- a dividend statement
- a Centrelink payment summary
- a PAYG payment summary (this is different to your income statement, and/or your PAYG instalment activity statement)
Complete your director ID application through the Australian Business Registry Service (ABRS)
If you are unable to obtain a myGovID with a Standard or Strong identity strength, you can also apply for a director ID over the phone or by using a paper form.
1. Apply by phone — you can apply by phone if you have
- An Australian tax file number (TFN)
- The information you need to verify your identity
2. Apply with a paper form — if you cannot apply online or over the phone, you can apply using a downloadable form. This is a slower process, and you will also need to provide certified copies of your documents to verify your identity.
Once you have received your director ID, please notify Rawson Verco Need as we will also need to update our ASIC records.
If you have any queries or would like further information on the director ID requirements, our team at Rawson Verco Need are ready to assist you.