Priority Allocation Period starts 24 March 2022
Search and secure your .AU domain:
The .au direct extension will launch on the 24th of March 2022, providing more choice for your Australian presence, as well as the opportunity to register a shorter domain.
Instead of using a domain such as lexsynergy.com.au (third-level domain), you will be able to register lexsynergy.au (second-level domain). The com.au and .au will complement each other and form part of a defensive registration strategy.
Registrants must have a local presence in Australia. This includes registered businesses, organizations, citizens, and residents.
Registrants may choose any .au domain they want as long as it:
a) is available to be registered,
b) meets the syntax requirements, and
c) does not appear on the Reserved Names list, as set out in the Licensing Rules.
.AU is different to the other Australian namespaces which are intended for specific use, such as:
Those namespaces have eligibility rules restricting which entities can register domains and how the name needs to relate to a registrant or their organisation.
Registering new .au direct domain
From 24 March 2022, you will be able to register new .au direct names on a first-come, first-served basis provided the matching name is not registered in any other .au namespace e.g. com.au, org.au. etc.
Registering the exact match of an existing .au domain you own (Priority Application Period)
There will be a six-month-long Priority Application Period, to provide an opportunity for existing registrants of third-level (com.au, net.au, and org.au) domains to apply for their matching .au domain. The allocation of domains during the Priority Application Period will be based on the following:
One Eligible Registrant
If you are the only eligible registrant in the Priority Allocation Period, your .au direct domain will be allocated to you.
Multiple Eligible Registrants
If there are multiple registrants eligible to apply during the Priority Allocation Period for the same .au direct domain (e.g. you own getyour.com.au and another registrant owns getyour.org.au), the allocation will be determined according to the priority category of the eligible applicants.
Category 1 - Domain names with a creation date on or before the date of 4 February 2018
Category 2 - Domain names with a creation date after 4 February 2018
Based on these categories, the allocation will be based on the following scenarios:
Scenario 1 - There are Category 1 and Category 2 applicants: The Category 1 applicants have priority over Category 2 applicants
Scenario 2 - There are multiple Category 1 applicants: Category 1 applicants must agree on the allocation, otherwise, the domain will remain unallocated
Scenario 3 - There are only Category 2 applicants: The domain is allocated to the applicant whose domain has the earliest creation date
Pricing for .AU domains is still to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or email email@example.com for pricing updates.
All times are UTC and 24-clock, unless otherwise stated.
|Priority Allocation Period||Starts
24 Mar '22 00:00
24 Sep '22 00:00
|Allocation is based on how many eligible registrants apply during the Priority Allocation Period. Full allocation details can be found above.||$0.00||Existing registrants with an exact match within com.au, net.au, or org.au have the first opportunity to register the name during the six-month Priority Allocation Period.
Pricing for .AU domains is still TBC. Please check back at a later date or email firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing updates.
Some domain names are reserved names; these are names which are ineligible for registration due to ICANN restrictions or Registry Operator designation. Certain Domain names have been classified as Premium and will be sold at higher prices. If you wish to apply for a Premium domain name, please email email@example.com to process your application.
|Supports Internationalisation (IDN)||No|
|Supports API Access||Yes|
|Supports Dispute Resolution||Yes|
|Subject to ICANN Guidelines||No|
|Maximum Registration Period||1 year|
|Registration Wait Time||Delayed|
|Requires Local Presence||Yes|
|Local Presence Requirement||Same Country|
|Maximum Registration Period||1 year|
|Refund Grace Period||0 days|
|Nameserver Limits||No limit|
|Requires Transfer Passwords||Yes|
† does not apply to premium domains
‡ contact your account manager for phase-based pricing
* may not include renewal
The above information is provided by registry operators and/or other third parties and may change without further notice. Prior to relying on the aforesaid information, we recommend seeking confirmation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.