ABN Lookup to verify Businesses are registered

ABN LookupABN Lookup is an essential tool to enable you to verify the Australian Business Number belongs to a registered business, as is required by business entities that are entitled to registration. 

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.

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