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Directors of charities that are companies or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations must apply for a director identification number (director ID).   

A director ID is a unique 15-digit identifier - designed to help eradicate illegal phoenixing and other fraudulent activity - that a director applies for once and keeps forever.  

Deadlines are as follows:

  • Intending new directors under the Corporations Act must apply before appointment.   
  • New directors appointed for the first time between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022 should have applied already – they had 28 days from their appointment to apply. 
  • While those appointed on or before 31 October 2021 have until 30 November 2022 to apply, they are strongly encouraged to apply now. 
  • Directors of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) have longer to apply. 

There are a number of steps involved, including verifying your identity, which requires a myGovID.

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