Directors of Australian companies will now need to obtain a personal identification number as part of reforms to the Corporations Act 2001 which are intended to deter illegal “phoenixing” activities.
All Australian directors must apply for a Director Identification Number (DIN) and there are no exceptions for small companies, not-for-profit companies, or registered charities.
The timeframe in which company directors must apply for their DIN depends on when they were appointed:
Directors who were appointed on or before 31October 2021 must apply before 30 November 2022.
New directors who are appointed between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022 must apply within 28 days of their appointment.
Any directors who are appointed on or after 5 April 2022 must apply before they are appointed as a director.
Directors will be able to complete an online application for a DIN from November 2021. Penalties apply if directors fail to obtain a DIN within the above timeframes or after being directed to do so by the regulator.