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Director Identity Number (DIN) is fast approaching

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Published by:
James Morris
Published on:
September 26, 2021
Last modified:
October 20, 2022
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Director identity number coming soon

The deadline for all company directors to apply for their unique 15-digit identifier is fast approaching. The Director Identity Number (DIN) is a mandatory requirement for any company director to enable proof of identity. For existing company directors, this must be completed and lodged with the ATO by 30 November 2022. Penalties apply, so don’t delay – you may face civil or criminal penalties if you don’t act by this deadline!

It’s a one-time application process, which requires Directors to apply for a myGovID. myGovID is different to myGov – you will need to apply for this ID through the Australian Business Registry Service (ABRS) website.
Directors will need to supply proof of identity, and this must be completed yourself – Although the Modoras team can help you through this process, we are unable to apply for your ID on your behalf.

Once your ID is assigned, you will keep this number forever – regardless of whether you change directorships, move addresses – including overseas, or change your name.

According to the federal government, which has mandated the DIN, it will:

  • help prevent the use of fictitious director identities and make it easier for government regulators to trace directors’ relationships with companies over time
  • go a long way to identifying and eliminating director involvement in unlawful activity, such as fraudulent phoenix activity, which involves:
    • deliberately liquidating a company to avoid paying its taxes, creditors and employee entitlements
    • continuing to operate the business and take profits through another trading entity.

Non-compliance with the DIN scheme — including failing to apply for a DIN, applying for more than one, or providing a false DIN — will result in civil and criminal penalties.

What are the director ID offences and penalties?

ASIC’s enforcement role covers four new director ID offences under the Corporations Act 2001.

OffenceMaximum penalties for individuals
Failure to have a director ID when required to do so$13,200 (criminal); $1,100,000 (civil)
Failure to apply for a director ID when directed by the Registrar$13,200 (criminal); $1,100,000 (civil)
Applying for multiple director IDs$26,640, 1 year imprisonment or both (criminal); $1,100,000 (civil)
Misrepresenting director ID$26,640, 1 year imprisonment or both (criminal); $1,100,000 (civil)

Who will need to apply

The new DIN applies to appointed directors and acting directors of Australian corporations and registered foreign companies.

Currently, the DIN does not apply to unincorporated bodies, de facto or shadow directors, or company secretaries.’

How to apply

You need to apply for your own director ID. The fastest way to do this is online using the myGovID app to log in to ABRS online.

When to apply

Directors appointed between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022 must apply within 28 days of their appointment.

Once the testing is completed and the scheme commences — existing directors will have until 30 November 2022 to obtain a director ID.

Upon commencement, there will be a 12-month transitional period during which anyone newly appointed as a director will have 28 days to apply for a DIN.

After this transitional period, a person won’t be able to become a director until they’ve obtained a DIN.

Starting on 5 April 2022, intending directors must apply before being appointed.

Information to be supplied

The information requested in the DIN application is yet to be confirmed; it may include the person’s:

  • name and former names (including proof of identity via an Australian driver’s license, passport, Medicare card, birth certificate or visa),
  • address and former addresses,
  • contact details,
  • date and place of birth, and
  • tax file number.

Australian Business Registry Services

The DIN is part of the federal government’s Modernising Business Registers program, which will streamline how you register, view and maintain your business information with government.

The program will bring together more than 30 ASIC registers and the Australian Business Register in one place — a new agency called Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS).

ABRS will be managed by the ATO and have the power to provide, record, cancel and re-issue a person’s DIN.

Get expert advice

If you need any advice on how the new DIN requirement will affect you or your business, a Modoras Professional can help.

We can give advice so you can be aware of the coming changes, be ready to implement procedures to ensure compliance and avoid delays on appointment of directors.

Contact us for a complimentary consultation at info@modoras.com or 1300 888 803.

 

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