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What happened to company keys?

Company keys have been replaced by the Company Authority system and the Companies Office no longer offers Keyless Transaction Agreements (KTAs).

Company keys were introduced in 2002 to extend the range of online transactions offered by the Companies Office.

Each company was issued with its own key on incorporation. The seven character company key was a type of password that was used to authenticate online transactions. 

Historically some clients were able to enter into a Keyless Transaction Agreement with the Companies Office. A Keyless Transaction Agreement allowed you to conduct a certain number of key dependant transactions each day without entering the company key (keyless transactions).

Note | Companies incorporated before 28 June 2010 may still have a company key that can be used to confirm Company Authority.

Read more about how to get Company Authority.



Last updated 27 May 2016