Updated November 12th 2013

From 28 May 2012, the registration of business names will be administered through the Australian Investment and Securities Commission (ASIC) rather than individual state based administration bodies.

Businesses which operate in multiple states will now only need to register a business name once and pay a single fee to own a business name across all Australian states and territories.

If your business operates under a registered business name, this registration will be automatically transferred to ASIC provided registration details and all fees are paid up to date. ASIC will contact all business names owners when their business name is due for renewal. If your business name expired prior to 28 May 2012, the business name will not be transferred to the national register and a re-application for a business name will be required.

If there are identical business names registered in different states, ASIC will allow a business to consolidate the registration into one name. If the identical business names are owned by different businesses, ASIC may add an identifier to a business name (such as NSW) to distinguish each business name.