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Is an ABN required for a freelancer?

Hi, I am an international student in Australia and I would like start working as a freelancer using upwork as a platform. I just need to know whether I require an Australian Business Number (ABN) to work as a freelancer.

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Hi Veronica,


Thanks for reaching out to us. Feel free to check out this help article for more information about eligibility to join Upwork.
Pertaining to ABN, you may be needing one due to Australian GST.
  1. Upwork does not withhold taxes from freelancers or clients.
  2. GST will be applied to applicable Upwork fees, including the Upwork service fee, premium Upwork memberships, and purchases of Connects unless you provide a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) and acknowledge that you're registered for GST.

For more information on the GST, you can check out this help article.


Thank you.

~ Aleksandar
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