.au Launch Info
The new .au domains are arriving soon, and we know you may have questions. We are here to help.
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
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 priorty 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.
- 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.
Be prepared for your .au domain to become available.
- Review your current domain's contact information to ensure that everything is current and accurate.
- Check the Whois to ensure the eligibility info (ie. ABN, ACN, etc) listed on your domain is current and accurate.
- If required, you may update your domain contact information within your account. To update the registrant eligibility information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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- Check out our most common domain articles to get started with your .au domain.