It’s been a while in the preparation however the National Names Register is nearly with us. The register will be administered via ASIC and, once in operation, will allow the registration of a business name nationally rather than individually in each State, as at present. Existing names will be migrated into the system. Important to note, new name registrations, once the system is available, will need to hold an ABN. We wait with interest for the National Names Register, current launch date proposed as 28 May 2012.