However, not all businesses are entitled to an Australian Business Number and you need to understand the entitlement criteria.
To receive an Australia Business Number, an entity must be carrying on an enterprise in Australia, an activity done in the form of a business. The business must have commenced trading or have undertaken sufficient activities to show there is and intention to both start a business and to trade to make a profit.
Employees and hobbyists are not entitled to an ABN as they are not carrying on an enterprise.
If you need to know what an ABN is, if one is mandatory or not, and when to use one see ABN help here
ABN Lookup options
Search online to check – Click to check here
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Click to view here
Entitlement Checklist – Click view a checklist here
Registration – Click here
The ABN Lookup is an essential tool for small business to verify the Australian Business Number of suppliers, customers, and other key business partners.
Only companies and businesses registered with an Australian Business Number appear on the Australian Business Register.
The Australian Business Register provides the ABN Lookup website which provides only the publicly available information about a business including:
- Australian Business Number (ABN) and status
- Entity names, business names and trading names
- 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
When a business is first establishing a trading relationship or dealings with another business, a check should be made of the register to ensure the ABN number is correct and it is linked to t5he business that is being engaged with. This is essential when dealing with more complex and related business entities.