Business owners that have cancelled their ABN often get confused with the process of getting back up and trading. The process of reactivating an ABN is a common question asked to our LawPath consultants, particularly if they’ve left a previous ABN dormant for a lengthy period of time.

Do I Reactivate My ABN, or Update It?

Re-applying for an ABN is only valid if your ABN has been cancelled and this is reflected on the ABN lookup tool. If your ABN is still active then you’re required to update the details of your new venture within 28 days. The best way of processing this is via your AUSkey, however this can also be updated via this form or by contacting the ABR.

If your ABN has been cancelled then it’s essential you follow the process of getting this reactivated as it’s an offence to quote an inactive ABN in a transaction.

Reactivating a Cancelled ABN

Once you’ve confirmed your ABN is cancelled, you simply need to re-apply for it. Through LawPath’s ABN registration service you can reactivate your cancelled ABN within 24 hours. Here are the steps you can take to reactivate a cancelled ABN.

Step 1. Fill out your entity’s information

Whether you are a sole trader, a partnership or a company, you will need to provide all relevant entity information. This includes your entity’s name, TFN, etc.

Step 2. Provide your contact details

Regardless of your business structure you will need to provide your main business address.

Step 3. Registration information

When reactivating your ABN you must provide the reason for your application. As your ABN has been cancelled, you will need to select ‘recommenced business’ and complete the remaining information.

Step 4. Confirmation and completion

Once you have completed all the fields, double check that you have provided the correct information. Within 24 hours your ABN will be reactivated.

Alternatively, you can re-apply through the ABR website. Their system will then search for your previous ABN. Once authorised, your ABN status should update to ‘Active’ upon lookup.

What About a New ABN?

If you’ve never previously applied for an ABN you can apply for one within 5 minutes using our simple online ABN registration tool. We’ll then expedite your application and provide you with a new ABN within 24 hours.

Ready for reactivation. Contact a LawPath consultant on 1800LAWPATH to learn more about customising legal documents, obtaining a fixed-fee quote from our network of 600+ expert lawyers or to get answers to your legal questions.

Dominic Woolrych

Dominic is the CEO of LawPath, dedicating his days to making legal easier, faster and more accessible to businesses. Dominic is a recognised thought-leader in Australian legal disruption, and was recognised as a winner of the 2015 Australian Legal Innovation Index.