FAQS Companies

Q.  How much does it cost to register a company?

Q.  How long does it take to register a new company?

Q.  How do I order a new company through Shelfcom and what is the process?

Q.  What type of company can I register with Shelfcom?

Q.  Do you have any shelf companies available?

Q.  What is the difference between a shelf company and a new company registration?

Q.  Can I register a special-purpose superannuation trustee company?

Q.  What information do I need to provide to register a new company?

Q.  Can I choose any name for my company?

Q.  Who can register an Australian company and how many directors do I need?

Q.  Can I form a company with just one person?

Q.  How many shareholders do I need to form a company?

Q.  How many shares should we issue?

Q.  What does beneficially or non-beneficially held mean?

Q.  What is the role of a Director?

Q.  What is the role of a Secretary?

Q.  What is the role of a Member?

Q.  What is the role of a Public Officer?

Q.  What is an ultimate holding company?

Q.  What do I receive from Shelfcom upon registration of my company?

Q.  Do you provide a constitution?

Q.  Do you provide a common seal?

Q.  Can I set up a company and a trust at the same time through Shelfcom?

Q.  Do you provide an ABN with the new company?

Q.  What is a corporate key and when will I receive it?

Q.  How do I make changes to my registered company?

Q.  What methods of payment do you accept?

Q.  How do I deregister my company?


Q.  How much does it cost to register a company?

When you register a company with Shelfcom, you pay just the one price of $785.00 this includes, the ASIC registration fee, our service fee, and GST. There are no hidden extras.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer you our all-inclusive comprehensive service, which means you pay just the one price for everything that you need to register your new company.

Q.  How long does it take to register a new company?

To receive your company’s Certificate of Registration including ACN usually takes around one hour from when we receive your order.

New company registrations flagged for manual approval with ASIC can take longer if you are requesting a name that is not in the Macquarie Dictionary, or your chosen name is identical to your registered business name.

Q.  How do I order a new company through Shelfcom and what is the process?

To order a new company online, simply click here.

Alternatively, you can download our order form, complete and email or fax this back to us.

As soon as we receive your order, we review the information that you have provided to us and if we have any queries about your order or require any further information, we will contact you immediately.

Upon registration of your company you will receive, the Certificate of Registration, a PDF copy of the company register documents, and constitution for your records. We also prepare the company register folder with all the documents bound, presented and tagged ready for signing.

If your company is not a standard Pty Ltd company, and you have special requirements or amendments to make to the constitution, we recommend that you contact us directly. If you are unsure about whether your company is a standard Pty Ltd company, then please also contact us directly to discuss your new company registration before proceeding.

Q.  What type of company can I register with Shelfcom?

Shelfcom provides an incorporation service for all types of Australian company structures, including:

  • Proprietary Limited (Pty Ltd) Companies
    - This includes New Company Registrations and Shelf Companies
  • Superannuation Trustee Companies
  • Public (Limited) Companies
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee
  • Specialist Companies

If you require a Public (Limited) Company, Company Limited by Guarantee or a Specialist Company, please contact us to discuss your new company registration before proceeding.

Q.  Do you have any shelf companies available?

Yes, we do keep a limited supply of shelf companies available to purchase. Please click here to view our current list of Shelf Companies available and the dates these were registered.

If you would like more information, or you would like to proceed with purchasing one of our Shelf Companies, please contact us so we can assist you.

Q.  What is the difference between a shelf company and a new company registration?

  • A shelf company has already been incorporated; with a name that we have chosen.
  • A new company registration is, incorporated when we receive your instructions and with your choice of company name (subject to the name availability with ASIC).
  • Our shelf companies are registered standard Pty Ltd companies with a constitution.
  • You can change the name of a shelf company for an additional fee.

Q.  Can I register a special-purpose superannuation trustee company?

Yes, all you need to do is let us know that your company is a special-purpose superannuation trustee company by selecting the tick box on our order form. If you are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

Q.  What information do I need to provide to register a new company?

The information that you will need to provide to register a new company includes the following:

  • Company Name
  • Registered office address for the company is the address ASIC will send all correspondence.
    This cannot be a PO Box address, but it can be your accountant or tax agent’s office address providing you have their consent.
  • Principal place of business is the address from which the company carries on business.
  • Officeholders’ details - full name, residential address, date of birth, town and country of birth.
  • Members’/Shareholders’ details - full name, address, and number, class and value of shares.

Q.  Can I choose any name for my company?

You need to choose a name that is not already a registered company or business name, please click here to use our free online search. After checking and you are still unsure about the name availability, please contact us and we can check this for you.

There are certain words and phrases that cannot be used in a company name without first seeking written ministerial consent, and these words include; ‘ANZAC’, ‘Bank’, ‘Chamber of Commerce’, ‘Chartered’, ‘Trust’, and ‘University’. You also cannot use words suggesting a misleading connection with the government, the Royal Family, or an ex-servicemen’s organisation.

It is your responsibility to be aware of any problems that might arise from registering a new company that is identical or similar to another company, business name, or trademark registered or pending registration. If you are unsure, please conduct your own checks on www.asic.gov.au or IP Australia's website.

Q.  Who can register an Australian company and how many directors do I need?

Anyone can register an Australian company, as long as all directors and secretaries are persons who are eighteen years or older and not bankrupt.

A Pty Ltd company must have at least one director. While we do recommend that you have a secretary, this is not an ASIC requirement. At least one director and secretary (if any) must ordinarily reside in Australia.

In relation to a public company, you must have at least three directors and one secretary. A minimum of two directors and one secretary must ordinarily reside in Australia. All other directors and secretaries can live outside of Australia.

Q.  Can I form a company with just one person?

Yes, you can form a Pty Ltd company with just one person. This person can act as the sole director, secretary, public officer, and be the sole shareholder of the company as well.

Q.  How many shareholders do I need to form a company?

The minimum number of shareholders required for a Pty Ltd company is at least one, with a maximum of no more than fifty non-employee shareholders (members).

A public company must have at least one shareholder, and the number of shareholders is unlimited.

The shareholders can be a person or another company, and there is no such requirement that they need to be an Australian resident or company registered in Australia, which means all of the shareholders can reside or be registered outside of Australia.

Q.  How many shares should we issue?

You should seek advice from your accountant if you are unsure of how many shares you should issue upon the incorporation of your company, and who should be the beneficial owner/s of these shares.

You can set up a company with one ordinary share valued at $1.00, or issue a hundred, or a thousand shares, and so on. There is also the option of issuing different classes of shares such as, A, B, C, etc., and outlining the different rights attached to each class.

An individual, another company, or the trustee(s) of a trust can hold the shares in a company. These shares are either, beneficially held or held on trust for another individual, company, or as trustee for a trust.

Q.  What does beneficially or non-beneficially held mean?

Beneficially held means that the owner of the shares is entitled to the direct benefit from the shares, and this could include the entitlements to payments in relation to any dividends.

Non-beneficially held means the member holds the shares for the benefit of someone else.

Q.  What is the role of a Director?

ASIC has summarised the basic role of a director:

  • Be honest and careful in your dealings at all times.
  • Know what your company is doing.
  • Take extra care if your company is operating a business because you may be handling other people’s money.
  • Make sure that your company can pay its debts on time.
  • See that your company keeps proper financial records.
  • Act in the company’s best interests, even if this may not be in your own interests, and even though you may have set up the company just for personal or taxation reasons, and
  • Use any information you get through your position properly and in the best interests of the company.

Q.  What is the role of a Secretary?

A company secretary’s responsibilities include the following:

  • The establishment and maintenance of the company’s register documents.
  • Organise directors and members’ meetings and prepare the subsequent minutes of the meeting.
  • Ensure that the company’s accounting records are maintained and distributed as necessary.
  • Check that the company’s details are correct on the annual company statement and arrange payment by the due date.
  • Ensure that the company notifies ASIC of changes affecting the company.

Q.  What is the role of a Member?

The members own the company and make decisions about the company by passing resolutions usually at a meeting.

As a member, you are not liable for the company’s debts. Your only financial obligation is to pay the company any amount unpaid on your shares if you are, called on to do so.

Q.  What is the role of a Public Officer?

The public officer is usually the person who will be the main contact for the ATO (Australian Taxation Office) in relation to the company’s tax affairs.

A public officer must be, appointed within three months of the company commencing business or receiving income in Australia.

Q.  What is an ultimate holding company?

An ultimate holding company is the company that is, at the top of the chain within a group of companies, and this is determined by control. In essence, for a company to be classed as an ultimate holding company it must be the holding company of another, and must not be a subsidiary of any other company.

Q.  What do I receive from Shelfcom upon registration of my company?

  • Certificate of Registration emailed to you immediately upon registration.
  • Company register documents, includes; minutes and resolutions, consents to act, statutory registers, and three copies of the Constitution.
  • PDF copy of the company register documents emailed to you upon registration.
  • All documents presented in your own prestigious company register folder.
  • Delivery by courier or express post across Australia.

Q.  Do you provide a constitution?

Yes, we do provide you with a constitution for your company. Our standard constitution is, maintained and continually updated in accordance with the Corporations Act, by our solicitors at Mellor Olsson Lawyers.

Q.  Do you provide a common seal?

Yes, if you would like to order a common seal for your new company, please select the tick box on the order form. Please note that the common seal is optional, and is not a requirement under the Corporations Act 2001 or ASIC. There is an additional $40.00 fee for the common seal.

Q.  Can I set up a company and a trust at the same time through Shelfcom?

Yes, we definitely can set up your new trust or super fund for you at the same time as we register your new company. Please complete our online order forms, or you can download our order forms, and email or fax these back to us upon completion.

If you are unsure or if you have multiple entities to set up and would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will make this process as easy as possible for you.

Q.  Do you provide an ABN with the new company?

An ABN (Australian Business Number) is, not automatically provided upon registration of your company. We can apply for an ABN on your behalf, upon your instruction for an additional fee.

To register your company’s ABN and other tax registrations yourself, go to https://abr.gov.au/ and follow the online instructions.

Q.  What is a corporate key and when will I receive it?

This is a unique eight-digit number connected with your company’s ACN. A corporate key is similar to a PIN number for a bank account, and is to keep your company’s information secure. It must be included on some forms that you lodge with ASIC.

ASIC will post this directly to the registered office address within about two to five business days after the company is registered.

Q.  How do I make changes to my registered company?

If you need to advise ASIC of any changes made to your company, we can prepare and lodge the necessary ASIC forms for a fee depending on the changes.

Q.  What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept payment by credit card and direct deposit. Payment by cheque is available for approved account clients only.

To arrange payment by Visa or MasterCard, please contact us on 08 8231 6661 for over the phone payment.

To arrange payment by direct deposit, these are our bank account details:
Account Name: Shelfcom
Bank: ANZ
BSB: 015010
Account No: 403661815
Please use your invoice number or new company name as the reference so we can match your payment.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries regarding your account.

Q.  How do I deregister my company?

If you have no further use for your company and it meets the ASIC voluntary deregistration criteria, then we can definitely assist you with the preparation and lodgement of the required ASIC forms.

It is advisable that before you proceed with deregistering your company that you contact us to discuss your company’s situation.