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  • Writer's pictureViola Pythas

ASIC's RegistryConnect Program

The inaugural meeting of ASIC’s Registry Business Advisory Group (RBAG) was held on 20 March 2024. The RBAG is an advisory panel of key industry stakeholders, ASIC and ATO representatives coming together to consult on ASIC’s RegistryConnect program, the Government’s new project that will focus on stabilising and uplifting ASIC’s business registers. 

The RegistryConnect program will pick up where the Modernising Business Registers (MBR) Program left off when it was stopped by the Government late August 2023.

The program team have applied for budget funds for the first year planning/design phase and are waiting for approval at the upcoming May 2024 Budget.

We look forward to a future whereby ASIC’s registry services are reliable, efficient, can be used with confidence, director IDs are linked to companies and communicating with ASIC meets our expectations.  We look forward to business registers in the future that are fit for purpose. 


Warning: Directors without a Director ID

ASIC Commences its First Prosecution

ASIC has commenced its first prosecution action against a director for failing to comply with their obligation to have a director identification number (director ID). The director was formally charged with one count of contravening section 1272C(1) of the Corporations Act 2001. The defendant in this matter is facing a maximum penalty of $13,320.


This is a reminder to all current and intending directors, that they are required by law to verify their identity and obtained a director ID via the Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS). Failure to do so is a criminal offence and may attract significant criminal and/or civil penalties.


All new directors must apply before being appointed. ASIC Registered Agents are encouraged to remind directors of this obligation and to not proceed with an appointment without proof a director has applied.


This also serves as a warning to any director who has not yet obtained a director ID. The ABRS/ASIC are monitoring compliance and are working with directors to encourage them to apply where they haven't done so. However, ASIC has shown that it will not hesitate to prosecute if repeated directions to apply are ignored!

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ASIC's RegistryConnect Program


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