What is a Certificate of Business Registration?

Registering a business is an exciting step towards building a successful enterprise in Australia.

However, the process can be complex and daunting, especially for first-time business owners (except if you use Sleek, of course!).

One of the most important steps in this process is obtaining a certificate of business registration.

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What is a certificate of business registration?

A certificate of business registration is a legal document that confirms that a business entity has been registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

The specific ASIC requirements and process for obtaining a certificate will depend on the type of business entity being registered or business name registration.

Your business registration may be required by banks, financial institutions, government agencies, and other organisations in order to establish the legitimacy of a business entity. It may also be required in order to obtain permits, licenses, or other regulatory approvals necessary to operate a business in a particular jurisdiction.


What information is on the business registration?

Certificates will contain the name of your company, its legal structure (such as sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company), its registered address, the date of registration, and any other relevant information required by the jurisdiction in which the business is registered.


How long does it take to apply for a certificate of business registration?

In general, ASIC registrations can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the complexity of the registration requirements and the completeness of the information provided.

You will also need to renew your business registration every year.


When will you need a certificate of business registration?

You would need to use business registration in several situations such as:

To apply for a business loan or line of credit

As part of the documents to prove a company’s legitimacy before approving a loan or line of credit.

To apply for business licenses and permits

To obtain certain licenses and permits, as part of the application process.

Registering for taxes

When registering your company for various taxes such as GST, PAYG, etc.

Participating in tenders

Companies wanting to bid for a government or private sector tender may be required to provide a certificate as part of the application process.

Establishing credibility with customers and suppliers

This registration can also help establish a business’s credibility with customers and suppliers. It shows that the business is legitimate and has met all the requirements to operate legally.

Your registration certificate is a crucial document that you may need to use in various situations to prove your business’s legitimacy and access essential services and opportunities. Click here to start your business incorporation today!


When a business is registered with ASIC, the certificate of business registration is issued electronically, and the business owner can access it through the ASIC Connect portal.

 When you register your business with ASIC you will have been given an electronic copy of your certificate of business registration.

If you have lost it (it happens all the time), you can obtain a copy of your business registration certificate through ASIC Connect. Alternatively, you can download Form 960 – Application for copy of a certificate. Or easier, call Sleek today, we can help!

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