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Yeah – the ATO gives themselves 28 days to issue an ABN.

They used to always be given almost instantly for Sole Traders and Companies – but I have noticed recently that it can take up to a week even though all the details provided are exactly the same as the info the ATO already has.

I know that in the case of companies the ATO gets a ‘data feed’ from ASIC which is updated every 12 hours (I was told this from an ATO staff member in the registrations area).

If you enter a trading as / business name during the ABN registration application it is not the same as registering a business name (which you have to pay for). A business name is registered through the various State government departments.

If you really want to protect your business name you can also trademark it via ipaustralia.gov.au