Guidelines for completing a corporate customs broker licence application

‚ÄčThese guidelines are designed to assist companies and partnerships which wish to apply for a corporate customs broker licence issued under the Customs Act 1901 (Cth) (the Act).

Under the Act, customs broker licences can only be issued to natural persons, companies or partnerships.  A licence cannot be issued to other forms of entity, such as a trust.

Check that you are applying for the correct licence type

If you are a natural person and wish to apply for a nominee customs broker licence so that you can operate as a customs broker employed by a corporate customs brokerage, please go to the Nominee customs broker licence application page.

If you are a natural person and intend to operate your business as a sole trader, please go to the Sole trader customs broker licence application page.

If you are acting for a company that wishes to apply for a broker licence so that it can operate a customs brokerage business, please follow the guidelines on this page to apply for a corporate customs broker licence.

Statutory requirements for the grant of a corporate customs broker licence

Under the Act:

  • A company can only be issued with a corporate customs broker licence where it satisfies the Comptroller-General of Customs that:
    • each director, officer or employee who would participate in the work of the company if it were a licensed customs broker is a fit and proper person; and
    • the company itself is a fit and proper company to hold a broker's licence; and

  • A partnership can only be issued with a corporate customs broker licence where it satisfies the Comptroller-General of Customs that:
    • each partner in the partnership is a fit and proper person; and
    • each employee who would participate in the work of the partnership if it were a licensed customs broker is a fit and proper person.

Completing your application for a corporate customs broker licence

The Corporate Customs Broker Licence Application Checklist (1.06MB PDF) and the Corporate Customs Broker Benchmark Checklist (1.06MB PDF) (second table in the PDF document) provide comprehensive information about all the documents you need to provide to complete your application. This includes documents such as financial reports, and detailed statements setting out, for example, the commercial Terms and Conditions under which the licensee proposes to offer services as a customs broker. These documents should be prepared carefully and in as much detail as possible.

NCBLAC assesses each applicant company or partnership against a series of benchmark criteria that it considers would be met by a qualified applicant (see the Corporate Customs Broker Benchmark Checklist below).  If an applicant does not meet one or more of these criteria, NCBLAC might still recommend the grant of a licence if it considers that the degree of departure from the benchmarks would not give rise to unacceptable risk to the Commonwealth, importers or the community if the company or partnership were licensed.

If the documents for the application adequately demonstrates that the company or partnership meets the requirements set out above, NCBLAC may recommend that the Comptroller-General of Customs issue a licence.

If an application does not adequately demonstrate that the applicant company or partnership meets the requirements set out above, NCBLAC might recommend that the Comptroller-General of Customs refuse to grant the licence.

Alternatively, representatives of the company or partnership might be asked to attend an interview with NCBLAC. If this occurs, the time taken to obtain a decision on the licence application will necessarily be longer. 

It is thus in the best interests of a company or partnership applicant to use its best endeavours to comply with these guidelines and provide all the necessary or requested documents.

Further information about NCBLAC can be found on the National Customs Brokers Licensing Advisory Committee (NCBLAC) interviews for licence applicants page .

Cargo Support Forms

To enable processing of your application, you must complete the B319  ICS Client Registration form (809KB PDF) and forward it to the Cargo Information and Support Centre in Sydney at the same time as, or before,  you submit your application to Broker Licensing.

You must be registered in the ICS for us to be able to process your application.

You may also wish to submit the following forms

For other forms and for information on how to link a nominee licence to a corporate licence, see the Linking nominees and forms page.

Submitting an application

Completed applications and all supporting documentation, including the Corporate Customs Broker Licence Application Checklist and the Corporate Customs Broker Benchmark Checklist must be mailed to the following address:

Broker Licensing
Department of Home Affairs
5 Constitution Avenue
Canberra ACT 2601

More information

If you have any queries regarding application requirements email: brokers.licensing@homeaffairs.gov.au

For information on the next steps and the applicable licence fees, please see the application process.