Our online order forms make registering a business name in Australia convenient and easy. You can choose to register your business name for either one year ($147) or three years ($198).
Our online forms make registering a business name, an ABN, and a Domain Name possible all in the one form if required.
You can register whatever business name you want — as long as that name is allowed and available in Australia.
The registration of business names in Australia is managed by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), and secures automatic registration across all State and Territory jurisdictions.
Our highly experienced team manually reviews every submission to ensure information is free from error and ASIC friendly - saving you headaches and costs down the line.
As ASIC registered agents, we perform same-day registration of your name with ASIC, and include as standard electronic delivery of the ASIC letter showing the business name is registered.
We pride ourselves on great and informed customer service, and our professional team is available to discuss any question or client issue you may have.
1. Apply Online: Use the online business name registration form to provide the information required. The entire process will take no more than 5 to 10 minutes.
2. Review: Your business name application is promptly reviewed for compliance to discard any issues, then processed for delivery. Please note our team comprises experienced compliance and accounting professionals who take the time to review the accuracy and correctness of the data you submit. Whilst this means we can’t provide your business name to you in minutes, it does mean your application has a greater chance of being successful and error-free.
3. Delivery: Usually, your business name ASIC certificate will be assigned and delivered the same day to your email inbox.
Why not try ordering your next business name registration online with us at ABNAustralia.com.au and experience for yourself the difference in service that our existing customers have come to expect.
When you register a business name through abnaustralia.com.au you receive the following documentation:
ASIC certificate showing the business name has been registered.
The registration of business names and company incorporations in Australia is managed by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC). Registration of a business name or company through ASIC secures automatic registration across all State and Territory jurisdictions.
We are official ASIC registered agents, having provided business registration services for over 40 years. Our team consists of experienced professionals to ensure you business name application is handled with care and attention to detail. Our team comprises qualified staff, holding the following professional body memberships.
A business name is simply a name or title under which a person, or other legal entity, trades. It not only identifies you to your customers, but also allows you to differentiate yourself from your competitors and enables your customers to make an emotional connection to your business and brand. For many businesses, the name is often the most valuable asset.
When setting up your business, if you choose to operate as a sole trader, partnership or a trust, and not as a company, then you will have to register your business name with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). If your business name is your, or your partner’s, first name and surname, then there is no need to register.
Registering a business name does not in itself give you any exclusive rights over the use of that name—only a trade mark can give you that kind of protection. Ensure you have exclusive use of your name now and in the future throughout Australia by registering it as a trade mark. We can assist in that registration if needed.
Generally, you will need to register a business name with us if you carry on a business or trade within Australia and you are not trading under your own entity name.
You do not need to register a business name if the entity is, for example:
an individual and the business name is the individual’s name (their first name and surname)
a registered company and the business name is the company’s name, or
a partnership and the business name consists of all of the partners’ names.
The law does not allow any changes from the business holder’s name if you wish to rely on the above exemptions. For example, if your name is John Smith, and the name of your business is ‘John Smith & Co’, you will need to register the business name ‘John Smith & Co’.
If you are unsure about whether you are exempt from registering a name, or whether you are carrying on a business or trading within Australia then contact us for assistance.
A business name does not give you exclusive trading rights over the name.
The differences between business names, trade marks, company names and domain names sometimes cause confusion. Business name holders often think that by registering a business name they have protected a brand or trading name – whereas in fact the business name laws that exist today do not offer that type of protection.
The new business names laws have not changed any of the existing law relating to trade marks or to intellectual property in a name. Be aware that registering your business name does not give you ownership of that name. Registering a particular name does not stop another person from registering a similar name nor does it give you the exclusive right to use the name or part of the name. Also, registering a business name will not prevent the name being used by somebody who has registered it as a trade mark. This is an important point – and one that every business owner should be aware of. The obligation to register a business name is a legal obligation which is entirely separate to any steps that business owners may take to protect any intellectual property rights in a name or brand, such as registering a trade mark.
Generally, you must register a business name if you carry on business in Australia and you are not trading under your entity name.
If you have a registered business name, you will need to renew it every one or three years with ASIC. ASIC will send you your renewal notice 30 days before your business name is due to be renewed. Once you receive it, you can renew using the online service, ASIC Connect or asking us to assist.
A domain name gives online businesses a unique electronic address. You can arrange to buy a domain name yourself or through an internet service provider (ISP). To buy a .com.au or .net.au domain name, you must be a commercial entity and possess either an ACN or ABN. For more information on domain name registration contact us now.
As a business, one of your most important assets is your brand. It’s vital that you protect that brand, which means you should complete a trade mark registration for both your business name and logo. We can assist any business, big or small, to register a trade mark. We provide fixed-fees for all trade mark registrations, and one of our trade mark consultants will complete the process for you. We operate Australia wide, so whether you’re in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or somewhere else, our consultants can register your trade mark for a low, fixed-fee. Just get in touch with any questions!