Business name searches can be conducted using the Business Names Index.
Our business names index has information on registered and cancelled business names. This includes the business name holder and their ABN (if there is one).
Search types and information available in ASIC Connect
You can perform the following business name register searches in ASIC Connect:
- Business names index search
For information we hold on a separate business name registration
- Business name holder (individual) search
For information on a person that holds a business name
- Business name holder (organisation) search
For information on an organisation that holds a business name
- Check business name availability search
To check if a business name is available. Read more about business name availability and the tests we apply.
Full details on the information available can be found on ASIC Connect.
Paid search extracts
Most of the information on the Business Names Register is available free of charge. Some information is only available by purchasing an extract.
The fee charged will depend on the type of extract you purchase. It is a good idea to check the free information available before paying for an extract. See more information on our search fees page.
You can buy a current and historical business name extract using ASIC Connect.
Extracts for business name holders cannot be purchased online. You will need to complete an Application for person and organisation information from the business names register (PDF, 233KB).
Some of the extracts you can buy include:
- Current and historical business name holder – organisation extract (PDF, 294KB)
- Current and historical business name holder – person extract (PDF, 284KB)
- Current business name holder – organisation extract (PDF, 291KB)
- Current business name holder – person extract (PDF, 82KB)
What information is not available?
Personal information is not available to the public for privacy reasons. This includes a person's date and place of birth and residential address.
Sometimes, the principal place of business will be the same as the holder's residential address. In these instances, only the city/suburb, state and postcode will be shown.
The service of documents address will always be displayed in full, even if it's the same as the holder's residential address. You can request that we supress these details on the register.
If we approve a request to suppress details, we'll remove information from our registers. The word 'suppressed' will appear where information has been suppressed.
Displaying your business name record of registration
A business name holder does not need to display their certificate of registration. This rule was removed in 2012.
Businesses must display their business name in places where they are open to the public. For example, on their shopfront.
Searching our business name index is the best way to determine the current status of a business name.
Serving documents on a business name
Some business names may only have a postal address listed in full when you search the register. In some states, the documents can only be served on a physical (or street) address.
Check your local law to determine which address should be used.
Searches by government
Government bodies are able to access the Business Names Register for free (in some cases).
Some agencies may also access information that is not available to the public as part of their work. For example, birth and residential address details. Business names legislation outlines the information that government agencies can access.
Information brokers offer services for obtaining information from ASIC and other sources.