Anyone who is a director of a charity that is a company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation will need to apply for a director identification number (director ID).

A director ID is a unique 15-digit identifier that a director will apply for once and keep forever. You can apply for your director ID online using a myGovID with a Standard or Strong identity strength. You will need to apply for your director ID yourself, so your identity can be verified. No one can apply on your behalf.

When you need to apply for a director ID depends on when you became a director for the first time, and under which act you were appointed.

If appointed under the Corporations Act:

  • from 1 November 2021 to 4 April 2022, you must apply within 28 days of being appointed
  • on or after 5 April 2022, you must apply before being appointed
  • before or on 31 October 2021, you must apply by 30 November 2022.

If you're a director of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act), you'll have longer to apply.

For more information about who needs to apply and when, including a full list of key dates visit the Australian Business Registry Services website.