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Register as an individual tax (financial) adviser

Registering as an individual tax (financial) adviser

If you provide tax advice or advice on tax consequences as part of your financial advice to clients for a fee or reward, you must be registered with us as a tax (financial) adviser.

Requirements for registration

  1. You must be at least 18 years old.
  2. You must be a fit and proper person.
  3. You maintain, or will be able to maintain, professional indemnity insurance that meets our requirements.
  4. You must meet the qualifications and relevant experience requirements. This includes that:
    • you are an Australian financial services (AFS) licensee or a representative of an AFS licensee at the time of your application, or
    • you have been an AFS licensee or a representative of an AFS licensee within the 90 days preceding your application.

Applying for registration

You must complete an online application and provide the supporting documentation.

Checklist - required application information
  • Australian-issued identity documents such as your driver licence, Medicare card or passport, to satisfy proof of identity (POI).

For further details and a list of other acceptable POI documents, refer to Proof of identity checks for tax practitioners

  • If you are covered by a professional indemnity insurance policy and:
    • you have your own policy, you will need your policy number, name of insurer, start and end date of the policy and the amount of cover, or
    • you are covered by the policy of another registered tax practitioner, you will need their name and registration number.
  • Electronic copies of the certificates and academic transcripts, as required, to show you have completed the required qualifications.

You can use our online tool to check your qualifications. If you assess or have previously assessed your qualifications using this tool, enter your enquiry number in the form to import the details you previously provided.

  • Your tax file number (TFN) and/or Australian Business Number (ABN). Providing this information will assist us to process your application.


Application fee

The application fee is $563 and not subject to GST. You must pay the application fee in full when you apply for registration.

Payment details, including your reference number are provided in the online application form.

The application fee is subject to a consumer price index adjustment on 1 July each year.


After lodging your application

We will advise you after the decision is made to either grant or reject your application.

If your application is granted, you will be registered for at least three years from the date we make our decision. We will:

  • advise you of any condition(s) we impose on your registration
  • include details of your registration on the TPB Register
  • notify the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) of our decision to grant your registration.

If your application is rejected, we will:

  • advise you of the reasons for our decision and of your appeal rights
  • notify ASIC and ATO of our decision to reject your application.

Further information

Last modified: 1 July 2021