The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has taken legal action against a director who failed to comply with the obligation to obtain a Director Identification Number (director ID). This recent development highlights the regulatory seriousness with which corporate governance and compliance are regarded in Australia.


Legal proceedings unveiled

On 19 March 2024, a director was formally charged in the Downing Centre Local Court for contravening section 1272C(1) of the Corporations Act 2001 by failing to secure a director ID.


Compliance background

According to the provisions of the Corporations Act, all directors are required to verify their identity through the Australian Business Registry Services before acquiring a director ID. The compliance are as follows:

  • Directors appointed before 1 November 2021, were required to apply by 30 November 2022.
  • Newly appointed directors between 1 November 2021, and 4 April 2022, had a 28-day window from their appointment date.
  • As of 5 April 2022, intending directors must obtain a director ID before assuming office.


Non-compliance carries a maximum penalty of 60 penalty units, equating to $13,320.


Implications for directors and companies

ASIC’s legal action emphasises the critical importance of director ID compliance for directors and companies. Failing to meet regulatory requirements not only exposes directors to legal repercussions but also undermines corporate governance standards and regulatory confidence.


Ensuring compliance

Directors and companies must prioritise compliance with regulatory obligations to avoid legal entanglements and protect their reputations. This includes promptly obtaining director IDs and adhering to all reporting requirements mandated by ASIC and other regulatory bodies.



ASIC’s initiation of legal action against a director for neglecting to obtain a director ID highlights the rigorous regulatory scrutiny surrounding corporate governance in Australia. Directors and companies must prioritise compliance with regulatory obligations to maintain transparency and uphold the integrity of the corporate sector.

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