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Changing a company name

After you have registered your company, you can change your company name but the new name must be available and acceptable for registration.

Any name is available unless the name is:

identical to a name that is reserved for, or registered to, another body identical to a name on the national Business Names Register held by someone other than the company applying to have the name, or unacceptable for registration – for example, where the name includes the word ‘trustee’, ‘consumer’, ‘bank’, ‘ANZAC’, or other specified words, or where the name may suggest a misleading connection with government or the Royal Family, or may be offensive to the public.

After you have chosen the new name you must:

convene a meeting of the company members (shareholders) and pass a special resolution to change the company name – it must be passed by at least 75% of the votes cast by members entitled to vote on the resolution lodge Form 205 Notification of resolution with ASIC, including details of the special resolution (within 14 days of passing the special resolution), and pay the lodgement fee.

If all relevant criteria are satisfied, ASIC will change your company’s details on their corporate register. The changes are effective from that date.

Allan’s can provide this service for a fee of $440 prepaid by bank deposit or $450 if paid by credit card.  This fee includes electronic lodgement of name change, a new certificate & both Members & Directors minutes once approved by ASIC.

If the new name is not available or acceptable, ASIC will reject the proposed name giving reasons for doing so.  If this occurs we will contact you immediately & discuss alternate names.


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