Director Identification Number

We wish to make you aware of the new requirement for all directors of Australian companies to have a Director Identification Number (DIN).

Every company director will need to apply for a DIN.  This includes directors of a corporate trustee for a SMSF or family trust.

The DIN is a unique 15-digit identifier that a director will apply for once and will keep forever.  A director can only have one DIN that they must use for all companies. 

The purpose of introducing DINs is to prevent the use of fictious director identities, assist regulators trace directors’ relationships with companies and better identify directors involved in unlawful activity.

Directors must apply for their own DIN and complete the identity verification.  Unfortunately, we are unable to apply on your behalf.  We can however assist you by advising the steps and timelines involved.

 

When to Apply for a DIN

The due date by which directors are required to have a DIN is dependent on the date of director appointment.  The various dates are summarised in the table below:

Date of director appointment Date directors must apply for a DIN
On or before 31 October 2021 By 30 November 2022
Between 1 Nov 2021 and 4 April 2022 Within 28 days of appointment
From 5 April 2022 Before appointment

 

How to Apply for a DIN

The quickest way to apply for a DIN is digitally using a smart device.  Directors can follow the 3-step process set out below:-

 

Step 1 – Set-up myGovID

Download the myGovID application on a smart device and set-up an account using a personal email address. (Please note that the myGovID app is different to a myGov account).

Directors are required to set-up a standard or strong identity strength by using any 2 of the following Australian identity documents:

  • Driver’s licence or learner’s permit
  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Visa (using foreign passport providing still in Australia)
  • Citizenship certificate
  • ImmiCard
  • Medicare Card

 

Step 2 – Gather your Documents

To assist in applying for a DIN, directors will need their Tax File Number (TFN) and residential address as held by the ATO.

Directors will also need to refer to 2 of the following documents:

Document Information that will be requested
Bank account details

(per your most recent tax return)

BSB, account number
ATO Notice of Assessment Date of issue, reference number
PAYG Payment Summary

(issued in last 2 years)

Gross income in whole dollars
Superannuation account details Member account number, super fund’s ABN
Dividend Statement

(issued in last 2 years)

Investment reference number
Centrelink Payment Summary

(issued in last 2 years)

Taxable income in whole dollars

 

Step 3 – Complete your Application

Visit the ABRS website (abrs.gov.au).

Scroll down to select ‘Apply now with myGovID’.

Login with your myGovID credentials and accept a code on your smart device.

The application process should take less than 5 minutes and once complete, you will instantly receive your DIN.

Please print or save your DIN and forward to our office.

 

How to Apply for a DIN without a myGovID

Directors who are unable to get a myGovID with a standard or strong identity strength, can apply by phone or with a paper form.

To apply by phone directors will need an Australian TFN and the information required to verify their identity (as listed above).

The phone number is 13 62 50 and is available between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday to Friday for directors in Australia.

Directors who are unable to apply online or over the phone, can apply using a downloadable form ‘Application for a director identification number’ from the abrs.gov.au website.   This is a slower process and directors will also need to provide certified copies of their documents to verify their identity.

Please note, applying with a paper form is compulsory for foreign directors of an Australian company.

 

Important Information

All directors should apply for their DIN before the relevant deadline.  Failure to comply with the new DIN requirements or providing false or misleading information may result in both civil and criminal penalties.

Please take care when applying for a DIN.  Directors should only apply once via the abrs.gov.au website, a secure site that will keep your information safe.  Please forward your DIN to our office as soon as it is received.

If you require further assistance applying for or understanding your DIN obligations, please contact our office.