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Director ID – Who can apply and when

Beginning in November 2021, company directors will be required to apply for a Director ID. The qualification is being an eligible officer of a registered company, namely a director or an acting/alternate director of the following:

  • Companies
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations
  • Corporate trustees, for example, of a self-managed super fund
  • Charities or not-for-profit organisations
  • Registered Australian body, for example, an incorporated association that is registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and trades outside the state or territory in which it is incorporated
  • Foreign companies registered with ASIC and carrying on business in Australia (regardless of where you live).

They are not required for the following:

  • A company secretary but not a director
  • Acting as an external administrator of a company
  • Running a business as a sole trader or partnership
  • Referred to as a ‘director’ in your job title but have not been appointed as a director under the Corporations Act or the CATSI Act
  • A director of a registered charity with an organisation type that is not registered with ASIC to operate throughout Australia
  • An officer of an unincorporated association, cooperative or incorporated association established under state or territory legislation, unless the organisation is also a registered Australian body.

When you must apply depends on the date of appointment of directors. Click here to see the range of obligations .