Trading names are being retired

The Australian Business Register (ABR) is working with Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) in preparation for the retirement of trading names.

The national Business Names Register was introduced in 2012, but during a transitional period, these historical trading names, have continued to be displayed in the trading name field of ABN Lookup.

On 31 October 2018, all trading names will be removed from ABN Lookup, so to continue trading under a specific name, you need to register it as a business name.

After a business name is successfully registered it will appear on ASIC’s business names register and the ABN Lookup.

Do you need to register a business name?

From 31 October 2018, the only names displayed on ABN Lookup will be:

  • an entity’s legal name and
  • an entity’s business name registered with ASIC.

If you continue to use a trading name for business purposes, rather than your legal name or a business name registered with ASIC, any entities you deal with will be unable to use ABN Lookup to verify your identity or GST registration status.

If you are unsure about the status of your business name, call us on 3822 7201.

For further information from the ABR, you can CLICK HERE