Authority Updates - New South Wales - October 2016

Norfolk Island reform: business name records added to the national Business Names Register

From 1 July 2016, ASIC assumed responsibility for Norfolk Island business registration services. (Previously, this was the role of the Norfolk Island Companies Office).

As a result, all Norfolk Island business names have now been added to the Business Names Register.

Identifying Norfolk Island business names in search results

Norfolk Island business name records will not reference:

  • 'Former State/Territory' registration details
  • 'Former identifier' or
  • 'Former State/Territory'

To identify Norfolk Island business names, customers should refer to:

  • the 'Principal place of business'  (being an address on Norfolk Island), or
  • the consolidated list of Norfolk Island business name registrations. This list will also contain the Norfolk Island registration number. All current Norfolk Island registrations can be found here

New business registrations

From 1 July 2016, all new business names must have an ABN or be in the process of applying for one with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). New Norfolk Island registrations will appear on the register as usual.

Norfolk Island company registration

The law for Norfolk Island companies has not changed. The Norfolk Island Companies Office will continue to manage company registrations.

If you would like more information about the Norfolk Island reforms, visit the ASIC website (

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