Public disclosure of identity of directors, officers and shareholders
For all company types, directors are required to verify their identity with the ‘Australian Business Registry Services’ (ABRS) as part of the director identification number (director ID) requirement. A director ID is a 15-digit identifier and directors will have one director ID (even where they are directors for more than one company). Director IDs cannot be searched by the public, and ABRS may only disclose a director ID with consent, or to certain government bodies or courts and tribunals.
Foreign directors will need to provide notarized copies of the identification documents when applying for a director ID. Since 5 April 2022, newly appointed directors are required to obtain their director ID prior to their appointment as a director.
Details of the foreign company's director(s) and local agent(s) are publicly available on ASIC's database.
Details of directors and shareholders are publicly available on ASIC's database.
Details of directors are publicly available on ASIC's database. Although public companies are not required to advise ASIC of changes relating to individual shareholders, the share register must still be updated for all shareholders' changes.