Glossary of terms

Glossary of Terms

Disclaimer: Terms in this glossary are provided for general information only and should not be taken as constituting professional advice from the website owner – the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).


The words in brackets do not form part of the term. Where 'Business names' and/or 'SMSF auditors' appears in brackets alongside a term, this denotes the definition is only to be used in reference to the relevant register. These terms do not apply to any other ASIC services.

Viewing entries beginning with 'H'

Held (Business names)

A proposed business name which is not currently available to register because the name:

  • is already held
  • has been applied for and the application is being considered
  • is being applied for or cancelled and the decision to do so is under review
  • is being cancelled, and/or
  • is required by a state or territory of Australia to be held to support transition to the Business Names Register.