Business Names Manual
18 February 2003
This Practice Manual is the culmination of a long-term plan to integrate Practice Notes, Staff
Notes and Procedural Manuals which have for some years formed the basis of Business
Names registration practice in the ACT. Consolidation and presentation of these documents
in one Practice Manual will clarify processes and eliminate confusion and duplication.
Publication of the manual was stimulated by a number of factors. These included a review
of the current business names legislation and a resultant need to update practices and
procedures. The continual and ongoing developments of, and changes within the electronic
network have had a tremendous impact on trading procedures and practices within the local
We will continue to improve the manual with updates as business name practices change
This Practice Manual should be read in conjunction with the Business Names Act 1963 (the
Act) and be seen as a practical point of reference in relation to the registration of business
names in the ACT. It is not however a technical document or procedures manual. It does
not therefore, focus on technical or administrative issues associated with the registration
The manual similarly, does not canvass legal issues associated with the meaning and
interpretation of the Act. Rather, it attempts to explain the nature of the legislation
governing business name registration in the Territory and of the subjective testing policy in
respect to these names.
Updates will be issued using a Chapter number system ie. if Chapter 3 changes then the
entire page will be replaced along with any subsequent pages. The method for updating will
be as follows:
• remove and destroy the old page(s);
insert new page(s);
• update the ‘Index’;
• update the ‘Contents’ page, if applicable.
I acknowledge the work of the staff of the Business Names and Associations Unit in
compiling this Manual.