Who is eligible for a .au domain?
To be eligible for a .au domain, you must have a current Australian presence.
- A permanent Australian resident or citizen
- An Australian registered company
- An Australian Partnership or Sole Trader
- An owner of an Australian Registered Trademark
- An Australian registered charity
- An Australian registered political party
- A Trust where the trustee is an Australian citizen
- A foreign company licensed to trade in Australia
The .au domain is meant to show you're proudly Australian. It's available to everyone in Australia, and unlike previous .au ccTLDs you don't have to be a trademark holder or registered business to register a .au. Registration is open to everyone with an Australian presence.
When will .au domains become available for purchase?
auDA, the Australian Domain Administration, has advertised a release date of March 24, 2022.
Will current .com/.net/.org.au registrants have priority for the matching .au domain?
Yes, current registrants of a .com.au, .net.au, or .org.au will have priority to purchase a .au domain based on criteria set forth by auDA.
Check your current priority status by using auDA's Priority Status Tool.
- The registrant of a current .com.au, .net.au, or .org.au domain that was registered prior to February 4, 2018 will have Priority 1 status for the matching .au domain.
- The registrant of a current .com.au, .net.au, or .org.au domain that was registered between February 4, 2018 and March 24, 2022 will have Priority 2 status for the matching .au domain.
- In the event that there are multiple registrants with Priority 1 status, the registrants will be required to decide which is eligible for the .au domain.
- In the event that there are multiple registrants with Priority 2 status, the earliest registration date will prevail should there be no Priority 1 registrants.
What is next if I have priority status?
All priority phases will run from March 24, 2022 to September 22, 2022. To take advantage of either Priority 1 or 2 status, you must apply for the .au domain during this time period.
- If multiple Priority 1 status registrants exist, then it will be up to the registrants to decide which party will register the .AU domain. If consensus cannot be met the domain will remain unregistered.
- If a Priority 1 status registrant fails to apply for the .au domain, registration will be awarded to the eligible Priority 2 registrant if one exists.