How to change a Company name to an existing business name

Question

How can I change a Company name to an existing business name?

Answer

If you are using NowInfinity's Corporate Messenger module, you can access and prepare a Form 205A, via the Company Profile, by hovering over the "Company Name" menu:
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To change a Company name with ASIC that is already an existing business name, there are additional steps required as part of the Company name change form, as follows:

  1. You must answer "Yes" to "Is the proposed name identical to a registered business name", and enter the ABN or Registration Number:
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  2. The owner of the business name must be appointed as a member of the Company.
    If the owner is an Individual they need to be appointed as both a Director and Shareholder of the Company.
    If the owner is a Partnership, both partners need to be recorded as a Director and Shareholder of the Company.
    If the owner is a Trust, each Trustee needs to be appointed as a Director or Shareholder.
    If the owner is a Company, the Company must be a corporate Shareholder.

  3. On the Authorisation and Declaration page, where an existing business name is used, select "I want this application to be processed manually by ASIC". In the text box write "The name of the Company us being changed to an existing business name. The owner of the business name, XYZ, is a director and shareholder of the company", (or whichever applies as per step 2 above). 
    If the owner is a Trust, you must also email ASIC a copy of the Trust deed. Advise ASIC in this text box that you have emailed a copy of the Trust deed to ecr.support@asic.gov.au for them to refer to:

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