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The ABN is an identifying number used when dealing with government agencies (including the Australian Taxation Office) and other businesses.

See the Australian Business Register website for more information about ABNs.

This refers to the different channels available to access the PPSR website (www.ppsr.gov.au) and via the Personal Property Securities Service (1300 00 PPSR, enquiries@ppsr.gov.au).

The access code for the secured party group (SPG) is similar to a password. It can be used to access registrations belonging to the SPG, and to access the SPG's workbench.

This refers to the account that is created prior to transacting on the PPSR. Creating an account is quick, no fee is required and there are a number of benefits (for example, to create reports). An account is required if you need to create a Secured Party Group or a registration. An account is not required to search the PPSR. 

The account administrator, also referred to as the account system administrator, is the person who may manage users within an account for a PPS Register account customer. The account administrator has wide ranging roles and permissions to be able to make updates and changes to the account, including but not limited to:

  • create users
  • modify users
  • resetting passwords
  • unlocking users
  • grant permissions (what transactions the user can perform), and
  • remove users.

An account customer is a person or entity that has an account with the PPSR and is authenticated (logged in) to use the PPSR.

While it is not necessary to become an account customer to search the PPSR, an account is required if you need to create a Secured Party Group or a registration. There are benefits to being an account customer, including but not limited to:

  • being able to see all transaction usage and obtain full transaction listing of their account
  • being able to add multiple users to the account (delegated user management), and
  • use approval functions for reviewing and approving pending registration applications.

The ACN is a unique identifier and no two companies can have the same ACN.

See the Australian Securities and Investments Commission website for more information about the ACN.

As a collateral class, includes crops and livestock.

As a collateral class, includes:

  • a machine or craft that can travel in the air and has a nationality and registration mark
  • an aircraft engine
  • an airframe, or
  • a helicopter.

Aircraft engine means engines (other than those used in military, customs or police services), powered by jet propulsion or turbine or piston technology, and:

  • in the case of jet propulsion aircraft engines, have at least 1750 lb of thrust or its equivalent, and
  • in the case of turbine-powered or piston-powered aircraft engines, have at least 550 rated take-off shaft horsepower or its equivalent,

together with all modules and other installed, incorporated or attached accessories, parts and equipment.

See definition of aircraft engine' in the PPS Regulations.

Aircraft that is further described as aircraft engine must be described by serial number in a registration. The serial number for aircraft engine comprise of:

  • the engine's manufacturer's number; that is, the serial number attached to the engine by the manufacturer
  • the manufacturer's name, and
  • the manufacturer's generic model description.

Airframe means airframe (other than those used in military, customs or police services) that, when appropriate aircraft engines are installed thereon, are certified by a competent aviation authority (in Australia, this is the Civil Aviation Safety Authority) to transport:

  • at least eight (8) persons including crew, or
  • goods in excess of 2750 kg,

together with all modules and other installed, incorporated or attached accessories, parts and equipment and data manuals.

See definition of 'airframe' in the PPS Regulations.

Aircraft that is further described as airframe must be described by serial number in a registration. The serial number for aircraft engine comprise of:

  • the airframe's manufacturer's number, that is, the serial number attached to the airframe by the manufacturer
  • the manufacturer's name, and
  • the manufacturer's generic model description.

A class of collateral that may be registered on the Personal Property Securities Register, sometimes abbreviated to ‘AllPAAP’.

This type of collateral class means personal property over which the grantor has an interest at the time the registration is made, and personal property acquired after the registration is made.

A class of collateral that may be registered on the Personal Property Securities Register, sometimes abbreviated to ‘AllPAAP except’.

This type of collateral means all present and after-acquired property, except for an item or class of personal property stated in the registration as being exempt.

A demand in writing, from a person with an interest in the collateral, requesting the secured party to amend the collateral registration. This is sometimes referred to as a change demand.

ARBNs are issued to registrable Australian bodies and foreign companies. The ARBN is a unique identifier and no two bodies can have the same ARBN.

See the Australian Securities Investments Commission (ASIC) website for more information about the ARBN.

ARSNs are issued to Managed Investment Schemes. The ARSN is a unique identifier and no two bodies can have the same ARSN.

See the Australian Securities Investments Commission (ASIC) website for more information about the ARSN.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

See the Australian Securities Investments Commission (ASIC) website for more information.

Attachment refers to:

  • the successful creation of a security interest in property that can be enforced against that property or
  • a document which further describes the collateral that is uploaded as part of a registration.

A register of information provided to the Australian Taxation Office by businesses and other entities when registering for an ABN.

Publicly available information on entities with an ABN is available publicly from the ABN Lookup website.

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