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How do I appoint the public officer?

If the instruction sheet tells us who the public officer will be, we will ensure that this appointment is recorded in the first directors' resolution.

However, the company still needs to inform the ATO of the identity of its public officer within 3 months of commencing business or deriving income in Australia (we do not notify the ATO about the public officer unless you register the company's ABN with us). You can normally do this when the company submits its ABN/TFN registration.

Note that, if the company is not intending to apply for an ABN or TFN it will still need to notify the Commissioner of the identity of its public officer, unless the company will not be carrying on business in Australia, or deriving income from property (for example, interest, rent or dividends) in Australia. Please contact the ATO for how best to do this.