Tax File Number

You can apply for a Tax File Number online


You will need the following:

  • passport or travel document number
  • country of origin of your passport or travel document (the nationality country on your visa)
  • names (exactly as they are printed on your passport or travel document)
  • date of birth (exactly as printed on your passport or travel document)
  • residential and postal addresses – your postal address must be in Australia
  • any other names you use or are known by
  • spouse details
  • contact details (phone number and email address)


To start the online application, read the first two pages and select Next at the bottom of each page.

You will be taken to the Travel documentation details screen.

Each screen contains information and questions you need to complete. To move between each screen, complete the questions and use the navigation buttons at the bottom of each screen.

Travel documentation details screen

Provide your:

  • passport or travel document number
  • passport country of origin – must match the nationality country on your visa

Personal details screen

Provide your:

  • name – must match your passport or travel documents
  • date of birth – must match your passport or travel documents
  • sex (gender)
  • spouse details

Existing TFN or ABN information screen

Advise us if you:

  • previously had a TFN or Australian business number (ABN)
  • previously lodged a tax return in Australia
  • own property in Australia
  • have business interests in Australia

Address details screen

Provide your address details – you must provide an Australian postal address, as this is where your TFN notification letter will be sent.
We may use these details to contact you about your taxation affairs.

Contact details screen

Provide your:

  • phone number (can be a mobile number)
  • email address

We may use these details to contact you as well as send notices and correspondence about your taxation affairs.
You can also provide details of another person we may contact for further information about this application.

Declaration screen

Before completing your application, confirm the information in your application is true and correct.
Make sure you read the information on this page and select the Submit button to finish your application.

This will take you to the Transaction complete screen.


When your application is submitted, you will receive a receipt number on the transaction complete screen. This is your reference number.
Write down your reference number – it is important for keeping track of your application


How you will be notified of your TFN

If your application is successful, the system will issue a reference number and you will be sent a TFN notification letter to the Australian postal address you provided.

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