A director identification number (director ID) is a unique identifier that company directors - including some charity directors - require.

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

The deadlines to apply for a director ID are:

  • 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
  • directors appointed on or before 31 October 2021 had until 30 November 2022 to apply. However, the Australian Taxation Office confirmed it would take a 'pragmatic compliance approach' as long as relevant company directors apply for a director ID before 14 December
  • 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.

Director IDs are designed to be retained forever and aim to prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities, and make it easier for external administrators and regulators to trace directors’ relationships with companies over time.

Visit the Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) for information about who needs a director ID, and how to apply.