Australian Business Register
The Australian Business Register is a publicly available, online database that contains some of the information that is provided by businesses when they register for an Australian Business Number (ABN). The information that is publicly available includes Australian Business Number (ABN), ABN Status and date of effect, legal name, trading name(s), entity type, State or Territory and postcode of the main business location, associated Australian Company Number (ACN) or Australian Registered Body Number (ARBN) or Australian Registered Scheme Number (if applicable), goods and services tax (GST) and deductible gift recipient (DGR) details and dates of effect.
ASIC National Names Index
The Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) has a company search facility that offers basic information on a company or business name. The free information that is available is the same as that in the Australian Business Register but additional data including financials, if available, can be purchased through commercial brokers that are linked from the ASIC site.
Search for companies, incorporated societies, charitable trusts; directors, shareholders and company addresses; banned directors and managers. The free information includes company name, number, date incorporated, status, entity type, annual return filing month, previous names, address, directors’ names and addresses, former directors and a list of available documents. Most of the company documents are priced and can be ordered online.