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The ATO advises that the Australian Business Register (ABR) will upgrade its services on 26 November 2012.

The ABR and AUSkey websites will be unavailable from:

  • 6pm Eastern Daylight-saving Time (EDT) Friday, 16 November to midnight EDT Sunday night,18 November
  • Noon EDT Friday, 23 November to 7am EDT Monday, 26 November 2012.

After the changes, clients will:

  • be able to register for a business name, an AUSkey, GST, fuel tax credits and PAYG withholding as part of their online Australian Business Number (ABN) application
  • have their details pre-filled from one registration to the next - for example, some of their ABN details will be pre-filled into their business name application
  • need to apply directly with each agency for additional registrations if they elect not to apply at the same time as their ABN application, or already have an ABN
  • need to apply for a business name directly with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission if they are not an individual or organisation with an Australian Company Number or Australian registered body number
  • still need to go to the AUSkey website to manage their AUSkeys - for example, cancel an AUSkey, or apply for additional AUSkeys.


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