Date posted: 10/05/2023

Streamlining your business information with the Australian Government

Modernising Business Registers (MBR) Program

In brief

  • A single entry point for business is progressively being rolled out between 2021 – 2026
  • The MBR program forms part of the Government’s digital business plan
  • It includes the director ID which commenced in November 2021

The Australian Government announced, as a part of the Australian Government’s 2020 Budget Digital Business Plan, the full implementation of the MBR program which aims to streamline how business information held by the Government is registered, viewed and maintained.

The MBR program, which established the Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS), will be a single-entry point, is progressively being rolled out between 2021 – 2026. The ABRS will bring together the Australian Business Register (ABR) and more than 30 Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) registers. 

Independent review

On 9 February 2023, the Australian Government announced an independent review of the MBR program. A written report is to be provided to Government by 30 June 2023.

The Review is tasked with providing an assessment of the current state of the program and making recommendations on how to best position the program to achieve its intended objectives.

CA ANZ submission

Independent review of the Modernising Business Registers

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director ID 

The first element on the ABRS is the director ID which commenced in November 2021.

A director ID is a unique 15-digit identifier for which all directors of Australian registered bodies must apply. It is free to apply and you only need to apply once and will keep your director ID forever.

All directors will be required to have a director ID by 30 November 2023.

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