FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you plan to run a business and are not trading under your own name, you will need to register a business name.
For example: James Smith trading as James Smith does not need to register a business name.
James Smith trading as Smith Plumbing or Uluru Plumbing
needs to register a business name.
John Smith partners with Jane Smith trading as John Smith & Jane Smith. The partnership
does not need to register a business name.
John Smith partners with Jane Smith trading as Smith Interiors. The
partnership needs to register a business name.
You can choose to register your business name for either 1 year ($99) or 3 years
($199). Both prices are inclusive of government fees and GST and include all
liaison and facilitation with ASIC. We’ll also send you instant email and text alerts
and notify you when your business name is up for renewal.
You will need to renew your name every 1 or 3 years, depending on how long it
was registered. We’ll send you a notification 30 days before the end of your
registration period so you can renew your name.
After submitting your application with us, we’ll reserve your name for you right
away. It then takes 3-5 business days for ASIC to review and approve your
business name and send us your registration certificates. We’ll email these to
you as soon as we receive them, so no need to wait around for the postman!
We know you’re keen to get your name out there, however your business name
can only be used after it has been officially reviewed and accepted by ASIC.
Business cards and merchandise are expensive to reprint, so it’s best to wait
until you receive your registration certificate from ASIC. Don’t worry - we’ll send it
to you as soon as we receive it!
Absolutely! You can register as many names as you like on our application form. Just check the box 'Add another business name'. Or simply call our team and we can do it all quickly by phone.
Yes - we’ll email it to you as soon as we receive it from ASIC.
Yes, an ABN is required to secure a business name. For a small extra fee our application includes your ABN registration as part of our service.
If a name is already registered, you will need to select a different name that is
available. Prior to May 2012, it was possible to register the same name in a
different state, however ASIC has since amended business name ownership to
being Australia wide, so only one person can own a particular business name.