Modernising Business Registers program

As part of its Digital Business Plan, the government announced the full implementation of the Modernising Business Registers (MBR) program.

The MBR program is establishing a new and modern registry service, Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS).

The program:

  • is progressively rolling out between 2021 and 2024
  • will bring the Australian Business Register (ABR) and more than 30 Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) registers together in one place
  • has introduced the director identification number (director ID) initiative
  • will introduce a digital inbox for business.

The ATO website has information about the program, including the companies release milestone.

Working with digital service providers

The MBR program is engaging with a range of stakeholders to support the design and implementation of the ABRS platform and its external service interactions including the Modernising Business Registers Business Advisory Group.

We’re working with digital service providers (DSPs) and information brokers to develop further service offerings as part of these working groups:

The director ID algorithm has been developed to support DSPs with the director ID initiative, testing the validity of numbers quoted as director IDs in software.

Application programming interfaces (APIs)

To prepare for implementing future digital services, DSPs and information brokers can register with Online services for DSPs and complete the requirements of the DSP Operational Security Framework (OSF).

Our information sessions and the DSP newsletter will keep you informed of progression of ATO APIs, which includes ABRS APIs.

Existing services from ASIC are still available through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for Digital Service Providers (DSPs) on the ASIC website.

For more information or if you have questions, email


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