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Business names 

New national business names register  

A new national business names registration service commenced on 28 May 2012, replacing the state and territory services.

IMPORTANT: NSW Fair Trading no longer administers business names in NSW. 

The national business names registration service is administered and managed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Businesses should visit ASIC’s website to register, search, renew, cancel or make changes to their business name details.

New businesses need to obtain an Australian Business Number (ABN) before they can register a national business name.

Do you have a business name registered in NSW?

Existing state and territory business name registrations have been automatically transferred to ASIC’s national register. ASIC will contact business name holders when it is time to renew their national business name.

To register a business name 

For more information on the new national business names registration service, or to register, update, cancel, renew or search for a business name, visit the Register a business names section on ASIC’s website at or call ASIC on 1300 300 630.

Useful contacts

ASIC Connect 
Search the national business names and companies registers. and click on ‘ASIC Connect’

Australian Business Register

Australian Business Licence and Information Service
Tel: 13 32 20

Business licensing

Property services licensing (real estate agents, business agents, stock and station agents, strata managing agents, on-site residential property managers and conveyancers)
Tel: 9619 8799

Certificates of registration (real estate salespersons, business salespersons, stock and station salespersons, strata managers, community managers and on-site residential property managers)
Tel: 9619 8799

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