ExceptionsVersion: 9.7

Exceptions returned by the ABN Lookup web services fall into a number of categories:

  • http errors such as:
    • Page not found (404)
    • Internal server error (500)
  • Application errors such as:
    • Invalid ABN number
    • No records found
    • Timeout
    • Too many records found
    • Unrecognised user

If an Application error occurs, the payload will contain an exception consisting of an exceptionCode and an exceptionDescription. Codes and descriptions that may be returned include:

Exception Codes and Descriptions
Code Description examples
GENERAL Unknown name search error
GENERAL Error starting search
GENERAL Error finishing search
GENERAL Error opening session
GENERAL Error closing session
GENERAL Error opening IDS System
GENERAL Error closing system
GENERAL Error retrieving matching records from the Search
GENERAL Error retrieving IDT field count
GENERAL Error retrieving IDT field information
SEARCH Unknown search error
SEARCH Could not determine search type
SEARCH Search text is invalid for name search
SEARCH Unknown
SEARCH Problem accessing ABN Lookup database.
SYSTEM System problems have prevented this request from completing
WEBSERVICES Unknown web services error
WEBSERVICES Object to be transformed was not recognised - i.e not a Party, SearchResult or Request
WEBSERVICES The Include History flag must be 'Y' or 'N'
WEBSERVICES The GUID entered is not recognised as a Registered Party
WEBSERVICES The Include History flag must be 'Y' or 'N'
WEBSERVICES The party identified by this GUID has not been registered for the requested service
WEBSERVICES Requested File does not exist either because it has not been published, it has been deleted, or the filename is incorrect
WEBSERVICES At least one Name Type must be selected (Y). Blank defaults to Y
WEBSERVICES At least one State must be selected (Y). Blank defaults to Y
WEBSERVICES A GUID must be supplied to access service
WEBSERVICES A Filename must be entered
WEBSERVICES No name search criteria entered
WEBSERVICES The flag must be 'Y' or 'N'
WEBSERVICES Year must be between 1999 and 2018
WEBSERVICES Month must be between 1 and 12
WEBSERVICES The party identified by this GUID has not been registered to access the superannuation download file
WEBSERVICES The party identified by this GUID has not been registered to access the superannuation web services
WEBSERVICES The registration for the party identified by this GUID has been cancelled
WEBSERVICES State must be NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, TAS, ACT, NT, WA. For all states, leave blank
WEBSERVICES Error logging to the statistical database
WEBSERVICES Name search type cannot be determined
WEBSERVICES External request is not valid according to scheme
WEBSERVICES The service requested is not known
WEBSERVICES The search method is not known
WEBSERVICES An ABN is invalid in Name Search
WEBSERVICES An ASIC number is invalid in Name Search
WEBSERVICES An ACN is invalid in ABN Search
WEBSERVICES An ABN is invalid in ACN Search
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