ABN Lookup FAQsVersion: 9.5

What information is available on ABN Lookup?

Only companies and businesses registered with an Australian Business Number (ABN) External site will appear on ABN Lookup.

The ABN Lookup website holds only the publicly available information about a business, including:

  • Australian Business Number (ABN) and status
  • Entity names, business names and trading names
    • Note: trading names will be displayed on ABN Lookup until October 2018 after which they will be removed
  • State/territory and postcode of the main business location
  • Australian Company Number (ACN), Australian Registered Body Number (ARBN), or Australian Registered Scheme Number (ARSN)
  • Goods & Services Tax (GST) registration
  • Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) registration
  • Charitable tax concessions
  • Approved worker entitlement fund (AWEF) status
  • Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) registration

The ABN Lookup website does not hold non-public Australian Business Register (ABR) data such as:

  • Detailed contact information
  • Industry code

What is the difference between an 'active' ABN and a 'cancelled' ABN?

An ABN with a status of 'active' means that the registration is current.

An ABN with a status of 'cancelled' means that the ABN has been deactivated and is no longer current.

How often is ABN Lookup updated?

ABN Lookup receives updates from the Australian Business Register (ABR) External site every hour. However, the information provided from the ABR is dependent on the business entities updating their details when they change. Therefore we are unable to guarantee the information that is provided on the ABN Lookup website is accurate, up to date or complete.

If you have doubts over the currency of information provided on the ABN Lookup website, we recommend that you verify the information from other sources.

Can you provide me with contact details for a business?

Under tax legislation, ABN Lookup only contains the public information provided by a business when it registers for an ABN. The public information gives the postcode and state/territory in which the business is located, but does not include the address, email, telephone or other contact details.

Where can I find the details about a company?

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) is responsible for regulating companies and financial institutions. A search of the registers available on the ASIC website External site provides basic information about companies and people registered or licenced by the ASIC. For more detailed information you may need to approach a business information broker. ASIC provides a list of information brokers on their website.

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