Enrol or register with AUSTRAC
You must enrol with AUSTRAC if you provide designated services.
You must enrol and register with AUSTRAC if you are a remittance service provider or a digital currency (cryptocurrency) exchange (DCE) provider.
In all three instances the process is the same but we ask for different information about your business or organisation and you may have different obligations.
- If you only need to enrol, you must do so within 28 days of providing a designated service.
- Remittance service providers and DCEs must be enrolled and registered before providing a designated service.
- Motor vehicle dealers and solicitors need an online account before making a report.
If you’re not sure if you need to enrol and/or register, you can answer some questions to check if you need to enrol.
Already have an AUSTRAC account? Sign in to AUSTRAC online.
Completing the ABPF
The ABPF Explanatory Guide (Word, 2.1MB) gives you step-by-step instructions on how to fill in the Australian Business Profile form.
Motor vehicle dealers and solicitors should follow the instructions in the ABPF guide for motor vehicle dealers and solicitors (Word, 464KB).
- You don’t have to complete the form in a single session. You can make changes to the form and save it to your computer to complete later.
- Check that your email address is correct or we won’t be able to contact you.
- When you have completed the form, click the submit button.
- Once you have submitted the online form, click Go to Submission Confirmation Page where you can save, print or email a copy of the completed form for your records.
- The ABPF works best on the Internet Explorer (IE) browser on PC. You can download a free version of the IE Browser.
- You need Adobe Reader 8.1 or higher to use the ABPF. You can get the latest version of Adobe Reader for free.
- Contact us if you have trouble opening, downloading or completing the form or get an error message when you try to submit it.
Remittance service providers and digital currency exchange providers: registration vs enrolment
You must not provide remittance services or digital currency (cryptocurrency) exchange services before your registration with AUSTRAC has been confirmed. Providing remittance services without being registered is against the law and penalties may apply.
Once you have submitted the form we can take up to 90 days to assess your application. We may seek additional information as part of this process. We can refuse, suspend or cancel the registration of any provider we think poses an unacceptable risk of money laundering, terrorism financing or other serious crime.
Information you need to enrol
You will need to give us information about your business and its key personnel. You must keep records of all the information you provide.
If you don’t have all the information you need when you start filling in the form, you can save it to finish and submit later.
You will need information about:
- the services your business provides
- the structure of your business
- contact details for your business
- the names and contact details of key personnel in your business, such as directors and officeholders
- financial statements for the most recent financial year
- registration numbers such as ABNs or ACNs if you have them
- registration details if your business is registered in a foreign country
- any criminal, civil or enforcement action relating to your business and its key personnel.
Additional information required for registration
Remittance service providers, and digital exchange providers will also need an official police document for each of the key personnel in their business. These documents must have been issued within the six months prior to the date of applying for registration
The same applies to remittance network providers for their own key personnel.
For remittance network providers applying for an affiliate, the documents must have been issued within the 12 months prior to the date of applying for registration.
Acceptable documents are:
- National Police Certificate
- Foreign equivalent of a National Police Certificate
- National Police History Check.
You should also tell us when you plan to start providing remittance services.
Existing and additional accounts
If your business has been providing a designated service for some time, you probably already have an AUSTRAC account. Try and log in to your AUSTRAC account. Your user name is usually your email address. You can reset your password through the log in screen.
If you think your business has an account but you can’t log in or reset your password, contact us. You will be asked to provide some information about your identity and your organisation.
Adding a new business
If you have a new business with a different ABN to your existing business, you need to add a new business to your account.
Affiliates of remittance network providers
If you are an affiliate of a remittance network provider, contact your registered network provider. It is their responsibility to register your business. If you also provide remittance services as an independent remittance service provider you must also register yourself.
What happens next
We may contact you and ask for more information. We will send you a confirmation email to advise you when you are enrolled, registered, or have an online account.
The content on this website is general and is not legal advice. Before you make a decision or take a particular action based on the content on this website, you should check its accuracy, completeness, currency and relevance for your purposes. You may wish to seek independent professional advice.