A new national business names registration service replaced all state and territory systems as of 28 May 2012. A business now needs to register a business name with only one national register.
The national business names registration service is administered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
South Australia's Consumer and Business Services (CBS) no longer has responsibility for administering business names in South Australia.
On this page:Benefits of the new national registerExisting business namesAccess the national business names service
Benefits of the new national register
The new national register enables businesses to apply or renew online and, in most cases, receive immediate confirmation of their registration.
To help new businesses, there is a linked process for registering both a national business name and an Australian Business Number (ABN). These are the two most common registrations when starting a business.
The national service reduces fees and saves time. The cost of registering a business is reduced in most jurisdictions. Previously, a business operating and registering a business name in every state and territory paid more than $1,000 for three years' registration. Now, a business is able to register a business name nationally at a cost of $30 for one year or $70 for three years.
Existing business names
All business names registered in South Australia were automatically transitioned to the new national register.
Access the national business names service
Access the national business names registration service on the website of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
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ASIC Business Names Registration Service
Client Contact Centre
Phone: 1300 300 630 - cost of a local call
Fax: (03) 5177 3999
Note: may be closed on national and state public holidays.